TUCSON, ARIZ. (AP) - Not long after his team’s latest race-up-the-field victory, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez was asked about the next opponent, the Oregon Ducks.
“Man, those dudes are fast,” Rodriguez said. “They have fast guys who play fast.”
Rodriguez has a few of his own, setting up what could be the fastest game in the West _ or anywhere _ at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night.
That’s when No. 22 Arizona (3-0), with the nonstop no-huddle offense Rodriguez helped innovate, takes on No. 3 Oregon (3-0) and Chip Kelly, the coach who put a rocket booster on RichRod’s original idea.
Scoreboard operators, get your fingers ready. Officials, loosen up your legs. Fans, don’t look away for too long.
No need for a play clock.
The knobs for these offenses don’t go to 10. They go to 11.
“There could be 300 plays in this game,” Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said.
OK, 300 might be a stretch, but 200 is certainly a possibility.
Oregon has run 259 plays this season. That’s an average of 86 per game, with a high of 96 in its 63-14 win over Tennessee Tech.
That’s still well behind Arizona, which has snapped it 280 times, two behind Marshall for most in the nation. They had a school-record 102 in a 56-0 rollover of South Carolina State last weekend _ 20 fewer than Tulane ran in its first two games combined.
“We’re very similar in the way we like to push the pace,” Rodriguez said.
And in the way they pile up yards and points.
Arizona is fourth nationally in total offense with 604.67 yards per game and 12th in scoring at 46.33 points. Oregon is seventh with 596.33 yards and fifth with 54 points.
To help you with the addition, they’ll combine for 100 points and 1,200 yards of offense if they stay on pace Saturday night.