Here's a good sign for Scott Frost's future as a play caller
One of the subtle storylines heading into this season was Scott Frost's transition from wide receivers coach to offensive coordinator and play caller at Oregon. All indications dictated that he would be fine, but you never know until you know.
Two games into his maiden voyage as the Ducks' flight director, I think it's safe to say that we now know. This tweet pretty much sums it up:
Oregon last 2 seasons: 2012 Seconds per play :20 2013 Seconds per play :17 (Best in FBS) 2012 TD drives PG 6.4 2013 TD drives PG 8.5— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 12, 2013
Of course, those numbers should fall a little bit closer to Earth once Oregon gets into Pac-12 play and faces defenses familiar with their offense. But not much.
We checked the numbers from Oregon's first two games of 2012, against Arkansas State and Fresno State, and the Ducks are ahead in nearly every metric, as one would expect when being piloted by an established starting quarterback instead of a redshirt freshman trying to win the job.
Through this point last year, Oregon had run 181 plays in 60:34 of total possession (20.01 seconds per play) for 1,137 yards (6.28 yards per play), accumulating a total of 14 touchdown drives, 99 points and 61 first downs. So far this year, Oregon's efficiency has skyrocketed. The Ducks have gained 1,329 yards on 140 plays (9.49 yards per play) on 41:11 of total possession (17.65 seconds per play) for a sum of 125 points on 17 touchdown drives. The only number that's down is first downs (61 to 57) but you tend to skip over a few of those when racing 70 yards to the end zone.