Scott Tully's Top 25 College Football Preview: No. 24 Oregon Ducks

MB MBSenior Analyst IAugust 14, 2008

The Ducks are coming off an up and down year.  They finished the year 9-4 with a 56-21 blowout of USF in the Sun Bowl, even after losing quarterback Dennis Dixon to a torn ACL.

The Ducks run a sophisticated spread offense that requires a good quarterback and speed at the skilled positions.

There is no doubt that head coach Mike Bellotti has the speed and strength at the wide receiver position.  Sophomore wideout Jamere Holland was clocked at 4.21 in the 40—sources close to the team say he is the fastest guy in NCAA football this year.

The question is, does Oregon have anyone that can get the rock to Holland and Oregon's 2007 leading receiver Jaison Williams?  The quarterback competition in Eugene is down to two: Nathan Costa or 6'6" Justin Roper.

If the Ducks find a consistent quarterback in either of these two, look for them to compete in the Pac-10 and possibly find themselves in a New Year's Day bowl game.

The Ducks have tremendous team speed, which will be most prevalent in their swarming 3-4 defense.

My biggest questions for the Ducks to be successful: Who is going to become a leader on offense?  Can they keep up the energy the whole season, no matter what injuries or adversities happen?

Even with the questions, Oregon's talent is amazing enough that they are worthy of the No. 24 spot.

Check back daily for the remaining teams.

College Football Analyst Ryan "The Riv" Thomas contributed this report.