Earlier I posted a breakdown of the Oregon Ducks. Here are three games from their schedule I am ready to see today.
Let’s be honest, I am a Duck fan, so I want to see them all.
Not the obvious choice but hear me out.
This game will be played at Century Link Field in Seattle.
With new head coach Mike Leach taking over at Washington State, I am expecting an offensive show. Washington State is set up nicely for his style of passing offense and will likely lead the conference in passing.
Oregon has not really had any trouble with the Cougars in recent years. In fact, they are riding a five-year win streak with an average margin of victory of 35 points per game. But then again, that was Washington State under previous coaching.
Leach is, in my opinion, a far superior coach than Wolfe or Doba. It will be his first year with Washington State, so it might be a bit of a building year, but I don’t think you can just chalk up a win when you see WSU on the schedule anymore.
I expect Oregon will still win this game but I think it will be the closest margin of victory in years.
Did I mention I will be here live?
Like I said on the USC article, if you didn’t see this one coming, maybe college football isn’t for you.
It is a highly-anticipated game for both teams, the conference and the nation. And it might not even be the only time they play this season. Both are favored to win their respective divisions in the Pac-12. If they do, they will play again in late November. Two games against the same highly-ranked opponent in less than a month.
Both teams are expected to start the season in the top five of the rankings. If they both stay undefeated going into the game as expected, they should still be ranked in the top five. Depending on how other teams do around the country, this could even be a match-up of top three or even one vs. two.
After making a roaring comeback to pull within three, Oregon missed a field goal that would have sent the game into overtime last season. Oregon went on to play UCLA in the first ever Pac-12 Conference championship game. USC fans like to claim some sort of mythical championship since they beat both of the teams that played for the title. Of course Oregon fans like to rebut with the fact that USC didn’t have as good of a record.
There are plenty of questions for both teams, but this game is being played in November. I would think that any questions will be answered by then. One of the issues for USC is a question of depth, so the late date of the game may still come into play.
The game is being played at the LA Coliseum, which would give USC a home-field advantage. On the other hand, Oregon had the home-field advantage last season and Oregon won the last time they played in LA.
A lot of people think USC dominated the conference with no challenge under Pete Carroll and think Oregon’s success is only in the last couple years. I like to point out that the record in this series is 1-1 the last couple games, 2-2 over four games and 5-5 over the last 10 times they have played.
Oregon is the favorite in the North and Stanford is picked to finish right behind them.
The fact that they will play at the end of the season makes it fitting, we may not have a clear cut division champion until this game is played.
Oregon only has two conference losses under Chip Kelly, and Stanford was one of them. That team was a vastly different team from what will take the field this season.
While both teams lost a number of key players, Oregon appears to have more in place to continue and maintain success at the highest level. Stanford will still be in good shape and should still make this game competitive, but in the end, I expect another 20-point win by Oregon.