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The No. 8 Oregon Ducks (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) have another road test on Saturday at No. 13 Utah (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) at 12:30 p.m. on FOX.
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham is coming off a last-second thrilling win at USC last week, 34-32. He joined John Canzano on 750 The Game ahead of the showdown with the Ducks.
Utah has been a very strong second half team so far this season and Whittingham credits his coaching staff and players conditioning for that.
“I think we’ve got three of the best coordinators in the country,” Whittingham said on 750 The Game. Andy Ludwig on offense, Morgan Scalley on defense, Sharrieff Shah runs our special teams. We are pretty strong in the second half. I think a lot of that is a credit to the way we practice. We practice very physically, we do a lot of conditioning, we really work hard.”
Whittingham was quick to point out the eye-popping scoring averages and passing and rushing balance the Oregon Ducks offense possesses.
“They’re just so productive and so good at what they do,” Whittingham said. “And it’s all Bo Nix-driven. That guy is a tremendous leader. He does a great job with that offense. Just very impressed with that young man.”
Whittingham said his defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley has his work cut out for him this week against Oregon playcaller Will Stein.
“Very difficult for defenses to be able to figure that out, and nobody has yet, I guess,” said Whittingham. “Morgan Scalley is an outstanding coordinator, outstanding strategist, and he’s working around the lock to try to figure out a way to slow them down. But it’s easier said than done.”
Whittingham also discussed the home-field advantage at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the buzz of ESPN’s College Gameday coming to town, and whether or not he’s savoring this last season of Pac-12 football. Listen to the full interview below.
John Canzano delivers the Bald Faced Truth afternoons 3-6 p.m. exclusively in Portland on 750 The Game.