Preview 2018: Oregon Ducks. The Powerhouse Might Be Back

Preview 2018: Oregon Ducks. The Powerhouse Might Be Back

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Preview 2018: Oregon Ducks. The Powerhouse Might Be Back

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Oregon Prediction: What’s Going To Happen

Oregon might not quite be the national championship Oregon of recent vintage, but it’ll look a whole lot more like the dominant program that ripped up the Pac-12 during the early 2010s.

The focus will be on the offense, and it’ll be outstanding as long as QB Justin Herbert is healthy and being Justin Herbert. The tweaks to get him under center once in a while will help, but the less he’s running out of the Pistol formation, the better. But the defense will be the real star.

The return of defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt is as important as any assistant coach hire/keep in the country. The Duck D that made such huge strides last season will be even better, even more aggressive, and might juts be the best in the Pac-12.

Throw in the home games against Washington and Stanford, and with no USC to face from the South, and everything is in place for a massive season.

Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 9.5

It’s going to be an interesting call to see just how much everyone loves the potential of the Ducks rising back up into a superpower.

And, it’ll be an even more interesting call to see if people believe in Mario Cristobal.

Oregon didn’t actually beat anyone who was any good last season – Arizona was probably the best win – but this year’s team is loaded defensively and has more than enough talent on offense to rise up and rock. Best of all is the relatively favorable schedule with no non-conference problems and all of the tough games at home.

Stanford, Washington, at Arizona, UCLA, at Utah. Those are the five games that – unless Washington State has something special for the Ducks in Pullman – are going to be the problem.

The team should be just good enough to flirt with ten regular season wins and be a player in the College Football Playoff chase. With the right breaks, and without shocking loss somewhere, set the bar very, very high.

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