By 750 The Game Staff
Oregon is 2-0. They’re ranked No. 13 in the AP Poll. But their dramatic comeback win at Texas Tech revealed some issues the team must continue to address in order to achieve their high goals for the season — getting to the Pac-12 title game and a possible College Football Playoff berth.
John Canzano was on site and gave his takeaways on Monday’s radio show on 750 The Game.
“I was in the press box and Phil Knight was there and on the way out he kind of said, ‘Not pretty,” Canzano said.
“You give them credit, though, and you say, they were resilient, they found a way. And I like that, that’s part of football, you have to be able to overcome some adversity, and they did.”
Offensively, the Ducks showed some explosiveness, but their inability to run the football left them too one-dimensional and nearly cost them the game.
“I don’t blame you if you are a Duck fan and you were watching parts of that game and you got a little PTSD thinking about Mario Cristobal,” said Canzano. “It just felt like offensively, they were not dynamic. The Kenny Dillingham offense was a lot more creative.”
New offensive coordinator Will Stein, calling his second game with the Ducks after replacing Dillingham in the offseason, is tasked with getting Oregon’s offense back to its balanced, dynamic potential ahead of a tough conference schedule.
“I was disappointed that Oregon didn’t look a lot better on the offensive side of the ball,” continued Canzano. “And I say that knowing that their offense accounted for 31 points in the game, that’s not a bad offensive output. I just, I think they’re good enough to go to Vegas, if they can shore some things up.”
Oregon hosts Hawaii this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. on Pac-12 Network, then welcomes Deion Sanders and No. 18 Colorado in the conference opener on Sat. Sept. 23rd at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.
Listen to more of Canzanos’ comments on the Ducks win in Lubbock at the 35:00 mark of the podcast below.
John Canzano delivers the Bald Faced Truth afternoons 3-6 p.m. exclusively in Portland on 750 The Game.