Preview 2019: Oregon. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

Preview 2019: Oregon. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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Preview 2019: Oregon. 5 Things You Need To Know, Season Prediction

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2. KEYS TO THE SEASON

Biggest Key To The Oregon Offense

Run the ball better, and do it every game. It’s not like Oregon did last season, but with a quarterback as good as Justin Herbert under center, it’ll be tempting to let the entire offense go through him and the passing game. However, for Oregon, when the running attack works, the team wins.

Granted, the ground game mostly ripped apart the weak and the sad, but it rolled for 260 yards on the terrific Cal run D, too. Oregon ran for over two bills in five games and won all five.

The Ducks have the star running backs who need the ball, they have an O line full of all-stars, head coach Mario Cristobal knows how to coach up an offensive front, and that Herbert guy can run, too. Consider it a total fail if the offense averages 4.4 yards per carry again.

Biggest Key To The Oregon Defense

Generate more plays behind the line. The pass defense wasn’t awful, but it was hardly a rock finishing eighth in the Pac-12 allowing 242 yards per game.

The defensive talent and speed are there to blow past the 30 sack mark – the Ducks came up with 28 last season – but it’s about generating more consistent pressure, too.

The 72 tackles for loss were too light, and that’s where the linebacking corps has to come through to help over Troy Dye. The defensive ends are going to be dangerous in the backfield from time to time, but with Justin Hollins done, it can’t just be Dye who gets behind the line.

Key Player To A Successful Season

WR Juwan Johnson, Sr.
Out of all the big transfers across the country, this one has the potential to make the biggest non-quarterback impact. The 6-5, 230-pound former Penn State Nittany Lion has NFL size and enough deep speed to stretch the field.

Dillon Mitchell caught 75 passes last season, and No. 2 man Jaylon Redd caught 38. Johnson might not be a volume target like Mitchell was, but he was able to catch 54 passes as a sophomore in Happy Valley before not getting the ball enough last year. If Johnson averages over 15 yards per catch and comes up with 50 grabs, he’ll be doing his job.

Key Game To The Oregon Season

at Stanford, Sept. 21
The horror … the horror …

It was the collapse that ended up hanging over Oregon’s head all season long. The Ducks might have been able to beat Washington, and they rolled to a nice season, but the 38-31 gack at home to the Cardinal set a bad tone. There might have been other weird performances – really, Oregon, 44-15 to Arizona? – but this was the one that hurt.

This year, a loss to Stanford to open up the Pac-12 season might be a deathblow before things get rolling. It’s a better Cardinal team that can get deep in the Pac-12 title chase with a win, and Oregon still has trips to Washington, USC and Arizona State to deal with.

On the other side, win this, and Oregon should still be able to lose to the Huskies – at least, the buffer will be there – and be okay.
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2018 Oregon Fun Stats

– Field Goals: Opponents 23-of-27 – Oregon 6-of-11
– Red Zone TDs: Oregon 38-of-51 (75%) – Opponents 20-of-49 (41%)
– Opponent 1st Quarter Scoring: 53 – 2nd Quarter Scoring 103

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