Stock Report: Ducks’ dominate Buffaloes in ever phase of the game

Oregon’s defensive transfers had a day vs. Colorado, but it was Dan Lanning who captured the attention of the college football world on Saturday.

If you were an early buyer on the Oregon Ducks this year, then your portfolio has to be looking pretty good at the moment. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to sell, but rather a time to sit back and admire your winnings thus far.

Oregon had high expectations coming into the season, and their stock has risen consistently week after week with every win they’ve picked up in 2023. Their stock rose drastically once again on Saturday with a 42-6 win over the No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes, a statement victory that solidified the Ducks as a College Football Playoff contender and made it be known that a trip to the Pac-12 title game runs through Eugene.

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After each game of the season, we like to revisit the numbers after the contest and try to highlight players who saw the biggest bump in their stock price, or a slight dip.

With a blowout win over a ranked team, it should come as no surprise that the Ducks saw a lot of players in the black this weekend:

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Ducks get Prime Time bump while Trojans’ defense drops USC

There was a ton of movement at the top of the Pac-12 Power Rankings this week. Oregon 📈 USC 📉

There was a lot of movement in the Pac-12 Power Rankings, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given that this was the first full week of conference play out west.

While we got a hyped-up matchup in Eugene, a battle of the little brothers in Pullman, and a low-scoring clas in Los Angeles, Week 4 delivered in the Pac-12, giving us a handful of thrilling games with near comebacks.

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It also gave us a much clearer picture on where the hierarchy currently is in the conference. While the teams at the bottom stayed at the bottom, there was some movement at the top with a couple of squads shuffling around in the upper-tier.

Here are our latest Pac-12 Power Rankings after Week 4.

7 major takeaways from No. 11 Ducks’ 42-6 dismantling of No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes

Dan Lanning and the Ducks took advantage of the national stage Saturday. Here’s our biggest takeaways from the 42-6 win over No. 19 Colorado.

The Oregon Ducks left no doubt on Saturday afternoon in Autzen Stadium.

There were a lot of questions going into the game between No. 11 Oregon and the No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes about both teams. Were the Ducks as good as their ranking? Could their defense slow down Shedeur Sanders? Was Deion Sanders worth the hype? Was Colorado’s miraculous 3-0 start really as impressive as the national media has made it out to be?

Leaving Autzen Stadium on Saturday evening, it feels like we were given a lot of answers.

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Yes, the Ducks are this good, and their defense looks like the real deal. Yes, Coach Prime is worth the hype, but his team may not be quite ready to contend at a national level just yet, despite what ESPN or FOX may tell you.

After Saturday’s matchup — one that resulted in a 42-6 blowout that was a shutout until 2 minutes were left in the fourth quarter — it feels like we’ve got a much clearer picture of both of these teams. Oregon is a legitimate College Football Playoff contender, while Colorado is a fun story that will hopefully become bowl-eligible this year.

Here are some of our biggest takeaways from the game:

‘A good old-fashioned butt-kicking;’ Coach Prime recaps 42-6 loss blowout loss to Ducks

Coach Prime made no excuses about his Buffs after a 42-6 loss to the Ducks on Saturday.

When the scoreboard reads 42-6 and your team is the one with the six, there’s not much to say.

Not saying a lot isn’t exactly in Colorado head coach Deion Sanders’ wheelhouse, but after getting routed for 60 minutes straight, there’s not a lot to say.

“Just a good ole’ fashioned butt-kicking,” was Sanders’ opening statement and he wasn’t wrong. Oregon smacked his Buffaloes team around and Colorado only scored the Ducks’ third-string defense.

However, his overall assessment may be a bit skewed.

“It’s not a huge talent gap, they just played a concise game,” Sanders said after the game.

Oregon proved the talent gap is still there by a large margin, especially on the line scrimmage on both sides of the ball. It just wasn’t a fair fight. The Ducks literally pushed Colorado around and sacked quarterback Shedeur Sanders seven times.

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix was also the far superior quarterback as he was 28-of-33 for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Sanders, however, was 23-of-33, but for just 159 yards and a touchdown. Most of that came against the Oregon backups.

Now at 3-1 and USC next, the Buffaloes hype train might have been derailed. But Coach Prime didn’t mince words.

“We were hot garbage,” he said.

The Ducks might have had a little something to do with that. Here are the most notable quotes from Coach Prime following his team’s first loss of the season.

Dan Lanning talks defensive dominance, Bo Nix, and keeping the standard

Dan Lanning talks defensive dominance, Bo Nix, and keeping the standard

It became apparent midway through the first half of the Oregon Ducks blowout over the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday afternoon that this one might have meant a little bit more for Dan Lanning and his team.

While there was a ton of hype for the game coming in, most of the attention was on Deion Sanders and his team, rather than the higher-ranked Ducks. With what Colorado had been able to do this season, it was understandable, but you could sense that the Ducks were unhappy being overlooked.

When the ABC telecast showed part of Lanning’s pregame speech during the first half, where the UO coach remarked that Colorado was “fighting for clicks” while Oregon was “fighting for wins,” it became very apparent that the Ducks were ready to put on a show.

And that, they did.

42-6 was the final score, and it wasn’t until the final minutes of the game that the Buffaloes got on the board. As Coach Prime said after the game…

“That was a good old-fashioned butt-kicking.”

Lanning talked after the game as well, and went into his own excitement about the game, and where his team can improve going forward. Here are the most notable quotes following the victory.

Dan Lanning offers injury update on RB Noah Whittington

Dan Lanning offers injury update on RB Noah Whittington.

It’s a mild damper after Oregon’s big 42-6 win over Colorado.

Duck head coach Dan Lanning announced that running back Noah Whittington suffered an injury and he’ll be out for a while.

“I think Noah is going to be down for a bit,” he said. ” I want everyone to say a prayer for him. He is healthy, he is okay. I don’t know if we will have him here for the next few weeks.”

Whittington went down late in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury. Lanning didn’t go into specifics on the injury, however.

In Whittington’s absence, expect tailback Jordan James to get more carries beyond his usual goal line carries.

Oregon has a game next week at Stanford and then a bye before going to Washington Oct. 14. The Ducks can only hope Whittington can be ready in time for the Huskies.

Ducks Wire Player of the Game: S Evan Williams dominates with 2 sacks

Evan Williams gets the game ball from us after picking up two sacks against Colorado on Saturday.

It’s not every day that you get to name a defensive player as the player of the game for an Oregon Ducks team that is primarily driven by offensive excellence.

It’s also not every day that you have one of your safeties lead the team in sacks on the day.

It was Evan Williams who was arguably the most impressive of all Oregon defenders on Saturday afternoon, though there are many who could earn this Ducks Wire Player of the Game honor in what ended up being a 42-6 blowout win for No. 11 Oregon over the No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes.

Williams finished the game with 4 tackles and 2 sacks.

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It wasn’t a close game from the very start. The Ducks went up early and never took their foot off of the gas. It resulted in one of the biggest statement victories around the world of college football this weekend.

Williams played a huge part in that, helping the Oregon defense notch 7 total sacks, which ties the school record for a single-game number.

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Instant Reactions: Colorado made the Ducks angry and paid for it

Oregon was on a national stage this week and took advantage of it, throttling Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes.

“Don’t make me angry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

Those words were calmly said by actor Bill Bixby as Dr. David Banner in the 1970s television show The Incredible Hulk.

Apparently, it goes for Oregon as well.

The Ducks were angry this week with the hype train and the circus that is Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes. The result was Oregon kicking the Buffs’ you-know-what up and down the Autzen Stadium field 42-6 in front of a national TV audience.

Colorado turned the mild-mannered Ducks into the green monster and dearly paid for its mistake.

Social media reacts to No. 11 Ducks’ blowout win over No. 19 Buffaloes

The Ducks stomped all over Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes. They never let up, either.

The Oregon Ducks were ready for this one.

The Oregon fans were ready as well.

So when Dan Lanning and the Ducks went up early over the Colorado Buffaloes, and then continued to pour it on throughout the contest, it was a pretty fun afternoon for Oregon fans on social media. A lot of jokes were made at the expense of Deion Sanders and his team, and a lot of rejoice was felt by fans who were tired of the constant chatter they’d head about the Buffs so far this year.

The Ducks ended up blowing out Colorado, 42-6. It will go down as one of the biggest statement wins in the world of college football this weekend. Here are some of the best reactions to the day from Oregon fans and the national media at large:

Oregon outgains Colorado, 378-21, in first half of blowout

The stats tell the story as Oregon devastated Colorado after 30 minutes

Nothing much more needs to be said. The stats tell the tale of the first half of Oregon’s demolition of Colorado on Saturday.

Remember, this is a Ducks team that went into Boulder last year and won, 49-10.

Don’t beat up too badly on Deion and Colorado. The story is still one of the best in sports this year.

Team Stats

1st Downs 4 22
3rd down efficiency 2-7 3-6
4th down efficiency 0-0 2-2
Total Yards 21 378
Passing 56 217
Comp-Att 10-16 22-24
Yards per pass 3.5 9.0
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Rushing -35 161
Rushing Attempts 8 23
Yards per rush -4.4 7.0
Penalties 4-23 5-45
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles lost 0 0
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Possession 9:12 20:48