Oregon Football: 5 Reasons Ducks Are Bound to Underachieve in 2013

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Oregon Football: 5 Reasons Ducks Are Bound to Underachieve in 2013
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Head coach Mark Helfrich

The Oregon Ducks are in prime position to contend for a national championship in 2013.

The entire starting secondary is back, and the defensive line may be the best in program history, which could cover up the inexperience at linebacker. The offensive line, led by Hroniss Grasu, has more experience and talent than ever before, and the running back spot, while thin, is as explosive as ever.

The wide receiver position simply continues to get better in terms of both experience and talent, and I think we're all aware of what kind of impact tight end Colt Lyerla has on the game.

So how exactly will this team underachieve next season? Well, barring perfection, that's exactly what they'll have done in the eyes of many fans.

It's not that the Ducks won't be great, or that they won't have their share of the blowout victories we've become accustomed to seeing. But if you had to side with the team underachieving or overachieving next season, the answer is clear.

The only way this team overachieves is if both De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are present for the Heisman ceremony, every game is a blowout by 20 points or more and the crystal ball heads to Eugene in January.

Remember, underachieving doesn't necessarily mean an eight-win team or a Sun Bowl appearance. It's simply the team doing worse than you expect them to do, be it by a small or a large margin.

Here are five reasons why the Ducks are bound to underachieve in 2013.

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