Projected record: 10-2 (7-2)
Projected losses: Arizona, Cal (USC, Washington, OSU)
Strength of schedule: 55
Jeremiah Masoli is gone. While it sucks, it won't keep them from a 10-win season.
Both Darron Thomas and Nate Costa have shown great ability throughout the offseason. The Ducks found both Dennis Dixon and Jeremiah Masoli in situations like this, and continued their success.
The Quack Attack returns 19 starters, and will undoubtedly be more stable this season. LaMichael James will be back after cupcake New Mexico, and will have a solid offense around him.
The receiving crew and the entire offensive line returns as well.
On defense, they only lose two starters on the defensive line, and one linebacker.
While the defense may have been a bit shoddy last year, everyone will be more experienced and hopefully there won't be so many injury problems this year. Plus there's all americans Kenny Rowe and Casey Matthews returning to lead the veteran squad.
USC is the biggest threat, but I think the Ducks will manage. It's about time they win in LA, and the quarterback problem will be long gone by October 30th.
If the defense can keep Matt Barkley under control, the offense will take care of the rest.
However, don't expect Arizona to fade out so easily after last years success (minus the terrible Holiday Bowl of course). They'll give Oregon a rough time, and will ultimately get revenge for last year's double OT loss.
Cal consistently gives the Ducks trouble, and will want payback for last years beating. Even without Jahvid Best, they're a good team, and I'm going with the upset here.
Overall, it looks like another 10-win season, and another trip to the Rose Bowl.
Can Oregon survive without it's superstar quarterback? Yes, but there won't be a National Championship run.