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If it's possible, it's a little of both. Everything came together
and the team got the right side of the good bounces on everything
but the bowl bid. Missing out on a BCS bowl didn't overshadow the
bounceback 10-1 season after slipping to a mediocre 5-6 in 2004, and while the
team won't slide back down, it's not going to be as good as it was
Granted, the team made most of its own breaks finishing tenth in the
nation in turnover margin and getting clutch play after clutch play
even after losing starting quarterback Kellen Clemens for the year
with a broken ankle. But can the Ducks win every close game again?
Up until the Holiday Bowl loss to Oklahoma, Oregon went 4-0 in games
decided by a touchdown or less with three straight close victories
late in the year to stay alive in the Pac 10 race. It had the good
fortune of catching Arizona State in a mourning period after a loss
to USC, and it managed to miss the best UCLA team in some time. You
can only beat who you play, but teams often don't get all the same
breaks two years in a row.
Head coach: Mike Bellotti
12th year: 90-42
17th year overall: 111-67-2
Best Duck Players
RB/KR Jon. Stewart, Soph.
S Patrick Chung, Soph.
FS J.D. Nelson, Sr.
4. QB Dennis Dixon, Jr.
5. C Enoka Lucas, Sr.
6. OT Max Unger, Soph.
7. QB Brady Leaf, Jr.
8. WR Cameron Colvin, Jr.
9. DE Matt Toeaina, Sr.
10. WR James Finley, Sr.
at Fresno State
at Arizona State
at Washington State
at Oregon State
2005 Results: 10-2
2005 predicted wins
USC L 45-13
Arizona St W 31-17
at Arizona W 28-21
W 27-20 OT
Wash State W 34-31
Oklahoma L 17-14
Even so, this team has
enough potential and enough talent to hang with anyone in the Pac 10 and
even be in the hunt for the title if all the planets align correctly.
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton's offense appears to be on the verge
of exploding with quarterbacks Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf combining
forces to lead the attack and running back Jonathan Stewart about to
live up to his immense potential behind the league's best offensive
line. With all five starters returning up front, the quarterbacks will
have time to work with an experienced receiving corps that should be a
strength once a number one target emerges.For now, just getting back on the
Pac 10 map is a plus. With the league getting better, and USC not going
away any time soon, Oregon needs to show that it wasn't about to go the
Washington route and crash and burn. However, this year could test the
team's mettle and heart because ...
The league's best defense last year has
some question marks needing to find a sure-thing pass rusher and hoping
for the corners to shine right away in place of Justin Phinisee and
Aaron Gipson. There aren't a lot of All-Pac 10 stars, if any, but
there's a whole bunch of speed and athleticism in the back seven, and
enough size up front to be strong against the run.
While this is a talented enough team to
have a good season, this might be a bit of a stepping-stone year to what
should be a tremendous 2007 when almost all the key skill players return
and the defense will be loaded with experienced depth and several
The Schedule: ...
the opening seven games form a tough start to the season. For a team
needing time for the corners to come together, Stanford isn't a
great team to face right off the bat. At Fresno State is a landmine,
Oklahoma will be a preseason top five team, at Arizona State is a
nightmare, and at California is a downright killer. Follow that up
by games against UCLA and at Washington State, and the team's season
will be made or broken by the end of October. Washington and Arizona
are winnable games, so it's a shame they're at home. At USC and at
Oregon State will be round out the interesting slate..
Offensive Player: Sophomore RB Jonathan Stewart. The high school
superstar ran for over 2,300 yards and 32 touchdowns in his senior
year despite only playing in the first half of most games. After a
true freshman year when he made more of an impact as a kickoff
returner than a runner, now he'll get his chance to explode playing
behind a huge, veteran offensive line.
Defensive Player: Sophomore Rover Patrick Chung. On the verge of
Pac 10 stardom, Chang is a big hitter with the speed to play corner.
Coming off a 91 tackle season, he has experience to do even more and
make even more big plays. The sky's the limit for how good he can
player to a successful season: Redshirt freshman CB Willie Glasper.
You can't win in the Pac 10 on a regular basis if you can't slow
down the pass just a little bit. Glasper was a top recruit a few
years ago and has to shine as a number one corner if the defense is
going to be close to as good as last year.
season will be a success if ... Oregon wins nine games. Duck fans
will be hoping last year was the start of something big, but the
schedule has too many pitfalls, and the team is too incomplete, to
reasonably hope for a ten-win regular season. Nine wins would mean
there will be at least one win over Oklahoma, at Arizona State, at
Cal, and/or at USC.
game: Sept. 30 at Arizona State. The Sun Devils will have this
game circled after last year's 31-17 home loss. The Ducks had better
win or else the following week's game at Cal becomes a must-win to
have any prayer of being in the Pac 10 title hunt.
- First quarter scoring: Oregon 109 - Opponents 68
- Sacks: Oregon 31 for 212 yards - Opponents 20 for 105 yards
- Interceptions: Oregon 23 for 212 yards - Opponents 10 for 105
The Last Time Oregon…
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Holiday Bowl vs. Oklahoma)
…missed a bowl game…2004
…pitched a shutout…2003 (Stanford)
…was shutout…1985 (Nebraska)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Oregon State)
…won a conference title…2001 (Pac 10)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…1998 (Akili Smith)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2004 (Terrence Whitehead)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Demetrius Williams)
…had a first-round draft choice…2006 (DT Haloti Ngata)