Originally Posted by SolidGold
Look what happens when you play great defense against the spread - go against a quality front seven with strength and speed and you neutralize the Chip Kelly offense. The NFL is full of these defenses.
When you play great defense, you can win against any offense. You could have replaced "spread" with "power-I" and the statement would have been just as true. Yes, it's true that only 10 of Oregon's 11 games have been dominant offensive performances, but name a team of any style that has never been shut down on offense.
Yes, in the NFL, you would need a far better QB play than Oregon gets to win consistently with a spread offense, but again, that is true for any offense. Stanford won up front yesterday, so Oregon needed to pass to set up the run, and they weren't able to. I don't think you can blame the offensive system for that one.
USC is a "pro-style" team with arguably more offensive talent than Oregon, and they did even worse against Stanford's defense. I don't think that is an indictment of USC's entire offensive system.