Mark Helfrich's 5 Biggest Challenges for Oregon in 2013

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Mark Helfrich's 5 Biggest Challenges for Oregon in 2013
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Head Coach Mark Helfrich

Each season of football typically offers up something new and exciting for fans to look forward to, whether it's new talent, new opponents or simply high expectations and the hope of winning a national championship.

Not a single one of those three items will catch Oregon fans by surprise as the team has been competing at an elite level for several years now. But one major difference will be the man in charge, Mark Helfrich.

If you've been rooting on the Ducks on since the late '70s, Helfrich will be just the fourth head coach you've seen in that time.

He replaces the departed offensive genius Chip Kelly and will face enormous expectations. But he inherits a team poised to once again capture a league title and compete for a national championship.

This isn't a rebuilding job by any stretch of the imagination, and the right pieces are in place. But while other new coaches like Sonny Dykes at Cal may be facing more X-and-O type issues, Helfrich will have some major challenges of his own to overcome.

Let's take a look at the top five challenges that Mark Helfrich and Oregon will face in 2013.

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