As far as Virginia defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta is concerned, he's studied just about every offensive scheme that's centered around putting playmakers all over the field and making defenses get as far-flung as possible.
From that perspective, not a lot No. 2 Oregon (1-0) will throw at U.Va.'s defense Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville will be all that stunning to Tenuta. Stretch play, zone play, screens, read option, play-action, spread looks, mixed zone and man blocking schemes — it's all been part of week's work of preparation for U.Va.'s aggressive, pressure-based defense.
Now, what about Oregon's gasp-inducing pace? That's another story altogether. Has he prepared for a team as quick as Oregon?
"There's a lot of similarities based on (Oregon's offensive schemes)," said Tenuta regarding how much Oregon's offensive look resembles other spread offenses he's observed. "As far as the speed factor is concerned in the last few years? No."
U.Va. (1-0) has done all it can to emulate Oregon's tempo by using two huddles in practice and having U.Va.'s scout team offense throw as many plays at the defense in as little time as possible by using cards to signal in plays. Still, there's nothing like the real thing with Heisman Trophy quarterback Marcus Mariota running the show.
"You will never be able to get the game speed," said U.Va. linebacker Henry Coley, who had 11 tackles last Saturday in a 19-16 win against Brigham Young. "The scout team will never be able to duplicate it, but as long as they give us (a look) as good as we can get, then it all works."
Oregon, which put up 772 yards last Saturday in a 66-3 win against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Nicholls State, will have even more speed this weekend than U.Va. has seen on film.
Freshman Thomas Tyner, a Beaverton, Ore., native who was considered by most recruiting analysts to be among the nation's top 10 running backs in the recruiting class of 2013, likely will play for Oregon for the first time.
He ran for 3,415 yards and scored 45 touchdowns in his senior season of high school in addition to setting the state high school record with a 100-meter time of 10.43 seconds. He'll join a backfield that includes running back De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall.
Having Mariota, Thomas, Marshall and Tyner definitely helps keep the operation moving with a quickness, but as far as the pace of play is concerned, Tenuta thinks Oregon's faster than usual rate of play against Nicholls State (16.7 seconds per play compared to 20.76 seconds per play last season, which was the fifth-fastest pace in the nation) was no accident.
"I know they played Nicholls State, but it doesn't look like they have all those signs and all that stuff," Tenuta said. "It looks like to me they've kind of gotten to a one-word system and tried to make it faster."
U.Va. held BYU's swift offense to 362 yards, sacked quarterback Taysom Hill three time and only gave up successful conversions on 7 of 23 third down chances (30.4 percent), but keeping Oregon under 400 yards will require an even better performance.
Oregon has had at least 405 yards in 35 of its last 41 games. By comparison, U.Va. has 405 yards or more in just 17 games of its last 41 games.
"It's something you've been waiting for since you were, what, 16," said cornerback Maurice Canady, who led U.Va. with 13 tackles against BYU. "It's something that I've really made a priority that I want to play the best of the best. This is my opportunity right now."