Game-By-Game Predictions for Oregon's 2014 Season
Oregon has won 10 games or more for six consecutive seasons, and last year rookie coach Mark Helfrich proved himself a chip off the old block.
Every game matters when you're a national title contender, and the Ducks do figure to be in contention again this season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is returning, will be an early season Heisman Trophy candidate.
Let's take a look at the Oregon Ducks' 2014 season and assess whether the Ducks will cover, and if they make the inaugural College Football Playoff in January 2015.
Aug. 30, vs. South Dakota - The South Dakota Coyotes are just happy to be here, and their program will make several million dollars by showing up at Autzen Stadium and getting crushed. (Prediction: Win)
Sept. 6, at Michigan State - Things get a whole lot tougher in Week 2, as defending Big Ten champions Michigan State come in to Eugene. The Spartans may repeat as conference champs, but probably don't have enough to beat Oregon in this nationally televised game. (Prediction: Win)
Sept. 13, vs. Wyoming - A third home game in a row for the Ducks brings in the Wyoming Cowboys, and not much a challenge. (Prediction: Win)
Sept. 20, at Washington State - Oregon does not play an away game (or a conference game!) until visiting Washington State in late September, and Mike Leach's Cougars will not pose much of a challenge to Oregon here. (Prediction: Win)
Oct. 2, vs. Arizona - The Wildcats are vastly improved under coach Rich Rodriguez,enough so to make this Thursday night ESPN game competitive until about the third quarter. But not much longer. Arizona will not upset Oregon for a second consecutive year. (Prediction: Win)
Oct. 11, at UCLA - Someone will upset Oregon at some point this season, and the UCLA Bruins are likely to be that team. The game is in Pasadena, quarterback Brett Hundley will be in the Heisman conversation and UCLA will be a ranked team with something to prove. (Prediction: Loss)
Oct. 18, vs. Washington - Washington is also an upset risk, and a team likely to be in the Top 20 at this point in the season. The Ducks haven't lost two consecutive conference games since back in 2007, but the up-and-coming Huskies are going to sneak up on a few teams this year. (Prediction: Loss)
Oct. 24, at Cal - This game is not really at Cal. It's at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. But this game won't remind anyone of an NFL game, and figures to be a typical lopsided Pac-12 blowout. (Prediction: Win)
Nov. 1, vs Stanford - It's never easy against the Stanford Cardinal, a team that upset Oregon last year and ruined their then-perfect season. Oregon will look to avenge the loss this year. (Prediction: Win)
Nov. 8, at Utah - The tough part of Oregon's schedule is now over, and it's all about style points and staying healthy. The Utah Utes will not present problems with this. (Prediction: Win)
Nov. 22, vs. Colorado - Well-rested and at home after a bye, the Ducks will use this game to showcase Mariota for Heisman consideration. (Prediction: Win)
Nov. 29, vs Oregon State - The Beavers made quite a game of the Civil War contest last year! They don't have it in them to do that two years in a row. (Prediction: Win)
2014 Oregon Projected Record: 10-2 (7-2)