The Oregon Ducks are off to another 3-0 start despite the loss of former head coach Chip Kelly. There were many questions regarding how the Ducks' new head coach would handle his first job as the head of a program.
Three games into Mark Helfrich's head-coaching career many of those questions have been answered emphatically, but with the entire league schedule ahead, many still remain. The Ducks offense has been as good as ever and the defense looks like it could be among the best in program history. The schedule will provide a bigger challenge with a much-improved Pac-12 lying in wait to clip the Ducks' wings.
Coming off of their third straight dominating performance two weeks ago, a 59-14 smashing of Tennessee, the Ducks had a bye this past Saturday. The second-ranked Ducks open the Pac-12 slate tomorrow in Eugene when they play host to Cal, the league's only team with a losing record.
Only time will tell if the league is beginning to close the gap on the Ducks. As the Ducks are faced with improved competition that is familiar with their offense, it remains to be seen if Helfrich can guide the Ducks through a nine-game league schedule when the pressure is on.
For now, this is what we know.
The Ducks are 3-0 for the eighth time since 2000 and the 13th time in the past 20 years. Not all of those seasons turned out the way the Ducks would have hoped after starting off with three straight wins.
Here is a look at how the Ducks have fared in recent years when beginning the season with three straight wins.