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*Having inferior strength*In theory, hurry up spread offenses are designed to make up for having inferior talent. It's much harder to just line up and win one on one battles.
Oregon got good because they recruited smaller, faster guys, notably borrowing players from the Track & Field team. The spread/blur offense they ran was designed to avoid having their 180lb guys get slobberknocked by a 300lb guy.
But the saying about defenses winning championships proved true. Most of the Pac-12 teams have traditionally had somewhat lackluster defenses and have opted for flashy offense. That's changed in recent years, but for a long time Oregon made their path by just being the flashiest among flashy. Take the lack of Big XII defenses to an extreme degree.
It's also why whenever Mach-Speed Oregon would meet an SEC or Big Ten team in a bowl game, they'd struggle. They weren't used to lightning fast LBs who could plant you on your ass before a play developed. It was like watching that Jadeveon Clowney sack against Michigan. Pac-12 flashypants would never know what hit 'em.