1. Everything keeps moving forward for Oregon
It seems like a million years ago now – especially now that Mark Helfrich was just fired by the Chicago Bears – but Oregon played for the 2014 national title as part of a run of seven straight seasons with double-digit wins.
And then it all crashed.
Willie Taggart was able to get the program rolling again, Mario Cristobal came up with a nine-win 2018 season followed up by a whopper of a recruiting class, and now … this.
It might stink that the Ducks couldn’t handle the true freshman quarterbacks – Auburn’s Bo Nix and Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels were kryptonite – and it really isn’t fun that they missed out on the College Football Playoff. However, they beat Utah to win the Pac-12 title for the first time since 2014, and they won the Rose Bowl.
And Cristobal has another huge recruiting class coming aboard.
This Rose Bowl win doesn’t change much for 2020 – Oregon is going to be great no matter what happened in Pasadena – but it sure is a positive sign for a program that’s trending way, way up.