With Pac-12 media days in the books, Oregon's highly anticipated 2014 season is just a few short weeks away from kickoff.
The Ducks are not touting any taglines about revenge for how their 2013 season ended, when two losses down the stretch knocked them out of the BCS Championship race—not publicly, at least. But that doesn't mean head coach Mark Helfrich's team doesn't recognize the reality of making the first College Football Playoff.
"If you lose a game, that's where the opinions get the weight," Helfrich said at media days.
Indeed, two losses seemed to define the Ducks' 2013 season more than 11 wins. Such is the sentiment inherent with being a championship-contending program, which Oregon has been and should continue to be in the coming campaign.
Pac-12 media was nearly unanimous in its selection of Oregon to win the Pac-12 North before claiming its first conference championship since 2011. Expectations are high, and various storylines lay the foundation for the lofty bar set for the Ducks in 2014.
Quotes obtained firsthand unless otherwise cited. Statistics compiled via CFBStats.com.