The Ducks need to watch out for Colorado’s tenacious defense. Colorado is licking its chops at the opportunity to exact payback for its recent blowout losses to the Ducks.
Helfrich also said the Ducks wont veer too much from what has worked in the past. Oregon went from being No. 2 in the polls to losing the Civil War at home and finishing 8-4 in the regular season.
Since Marshall has played in just four games, it is possible he could seek a medical redshirt. Remember when we said Oregon was still a Playoff contender after almost winning at Michigan State? They haven’t lost their conference opener since 2005.
No sports changes more week-to-week than college football.
The Ducks are out of the Associated Press’ Top 25 rankings for the first time since September 20, 2009, following one of the worst home losses in school history.
“We got to be able to start fresh, and say hey, we got conference games from here on out”, Rebowe said. Regardless of what the score shows, they’ve come a long way since that first game.
One thing for sure is that the young Duck secondary will get plenty of experience and a lot of chances to get better. “But on the road, at their place, turf, both of them will be desperate for wins…every Pac-12 game is going to be like this”.
Oregon was blown out so badly against Utah over the weekend, they were bumped out of the AP Top-25.
Oregon’s defense has never really matched its offensive production, but this season it’s particularly lopsided.
The defense is in shambles, the quarterback position is in disarray, and for the first time since Oregon football’s rise to a premier program the aura and mystique surrounding the team is gone.
As I pointed out earlier, the Ducks have come back from this kind of despair before.
People thought they may have been being pessimistic when they said Vernon Adams would at least be a Jeremiah Masoli for the Ducks, but now that seems like it might be an insult to Masoli. “We have a high-character team, and this team is going to keep moving in the right direction”. The Ducks are one of the most penalized teams in the nation with 8.5 flags per game. A finger injury is impacting Adams’ throws, especially on deep balls. The receiving core has also been hit hard by Devon Allen coming back from injury, the suspension of Darren Carrington and the continued loss of Pharaoh Cooper at tight end. And now there’s a report that receiver Byron Marshall could miss the rest of the season. During pregame warmups, he is in front of other players leading the way, alongside the likes of defensive starters DeForest Buckner and Tyson Coleman.
Even well-oiled machines have trouble not breaking down with this many injuries.
I guess let’s start with the offense. Since that 2007 season, the Civil War against Oregon State is no longer automatic.
In the past being cocky or picking up needless penalties wasn’t a death sentence for the Ducks, but with the current state of the program, it’s foolish. “He wouldn’t play at Ohio State or USC“. Just how talented they are though… that’s up for debate.
But whether the once-powerful Ducks can beat arguably three of the Pac-12 weaker teams remains to be seen.
Yet both of them have a lot to prove.
Starting left tackle Tyler Johnstone, a vocal fifth-year senior, gathered his teammates on the practice field to deliver his best rah-rah speech.
One of the reasons Oregon was able to be so dominant without dominant talent was how well the functioned as a complete unit. Along with having a balanced offense, Oregon needs a quarterback that can actually run the offense smoothly and limit turnovers.