It's somewhat unfair to criticize a team for winning a game by "only" 25 points, regardless of the opponent.
Nevertheless, that's what happened with No. 24 Oregon following its 53-28 win Saturday over UC Davis, a Big Sky Conference team that went 2-9 in each of the past two seasons.
The No. 24 Ducks simply didn't look like themselves, or, at least, the past versions of themselves.
The players and coaches certainly shared that sentiment. UO wide receiver Darren Carrington II, who flexed his talent with seven receptions for 117 yards, said the offense's performance was just "okay."
"We can't go anywhere lower than this," he said. "I think we can only go up. I don't think we even did bad, or anything, I just think we can be a little more efficient on our drives and finish drives instead of leaving open drive and putting the defense back on the field."
In all fairness we're talking about just one game. The Ducks (1-0) could very well show great improvement Saturday night against Virginia (0-1) at home. UO's performance against the Aggies could end up being a meaningless blip on the radar screen of a long, successful season. Or, the team's performance on offense could be the sign of a developing trend that will result in defeats against better competition.
Oregon gained 522 yards in the game, which isn't shabby. But the Ducks had just 340 at the end of the third quarter before tacking on 182 in the fourth. In years past against FCS competition, the Ducks would have reached the 500-yard mark and at have scored at least around 50 points by the end of the third quarter. Oregon led 39-21 at the end of three quarters on Saturday and finished the game with a modest 21 first downs.
Keep in mind Saturday's game came against a lower-tier Big Sky team, not the likes of Eastern Washington, which won 45-42 at Washington State on Saturday, and last year lost at Oregon, 61-42.
Take a look at Oregon's performances against FCS competition dating back to 2010.
2015: Oregon 61, Eastern Washington 42
Oregon gained 731 total yards and racked up 34 first downs. The Ducks rushed for 485 yards on 8.5 per carry and led 54-35 after three quarters. The defense, however, played poorly and that ended up foreshadowing the rest of the season.
2014: Oregon 62, South Dakota 13
The Ducks led 41-13 at halftime and 48-13 at the end of the third quarter. UO gained 673 total yards with 380 passing and 293 rushing on 7.7 per carry.
2013: Oregon 66, Nicholls 3
The Ducks led 38-3 at halftime and 45-3 at the end of the third quarter. Oregon finished with 32 first downs, 500 yards rushing and had 772 total yards.
2012: Oregon 63, Tennessee Tech 14
The Ducks led 35-7 at half and 56-14 at the end of three quarters. Oregon racked up 28 first downs while rushing for 324 yards and gaining 652 total yards on the day.
2011: Oregon 56, Missouri State 7
The Ducks led 56-7 at the end of three quarters before shutting things down and finished the day with 681 total yards with 416 rushing.
2010: Oregon 69, Portland State 0
The Ducks led by the eventual final score at the end of the third quarter. UO finished the day with 528 rushing yards and 668 total yards.
Needless to say, the Ducks have been far more dominant against lesser competition in the past, as the above list illustrates. During that eight-year stretch the Ducks won three conference titles, two Rose Bowls and appeared in two national title games.
Does this all mean that this year's team simply doesn't have what it takes to become a champion? Not necessarily. But it shows that the 2016 Ducks have a lot of work to do before it will strike fear into the hearts of opponents as recent UO teams certainly did.
A quick look at Virginia:
No. 24 Oregon vs. Virginia
When: 7: 30 p.m., Saturday, Autzen Stadium.
Betting line: UO minus 24.
Records: Oregon (1-0, 9-4 last season), Cavaliers (0-1, 4-8 last season).
Coaches: Oregon's Mark Helfrich (34-8); Virginia's Bronco Mendenhall (99-44, 0-1 at Virginia. Went 98-43 at BYU from 2005 to 2015).
Last week: Virginia Lost 37-20 at home to Richmond.
Last season: The Cavaliers lost five games last season by seven points or less. But that couldn't save Mike London from losing his job after six seasons. Enter Mendenhall who promptly went out an lost to in-state Richmond, an FCS program.
Cavaliers impact players: Junior quarterback Kurt Benkert, in his first year as a starter, looked solid in defeat, completing 26-of-34 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
Virginia's running game, however gained just 38 yards on 21 carries. Senior Albert Reid is the new starter. He rushed for 360 yards last season.
Fear factor (five-point scale): 1. Virginia will bring much more talent into Autzen than UC Davis did but it won't be enough against what should be an improved Ducks team seeking to prepare for Nebraska the following week. If Oregon plays like it did Saturday against the Cornhuskers, the Ducks will lose. Virginia will provide Oregon with a chance to improve before facing real competition.
Preliminary pick: Oregon, 47-20.