Seem low for such a big college football brand? A lot of the skepticism surrounding the Ducks' near-term prospects can be traced back to the uncertainty in the transition from Chip Kelly to second-year head coach Mark Helfrich.
“I don’t think there’s a close No. 2 when it comes to the pressure to win right now,” FPR panelist Brock Huard said. “That’s not a hot-seat conversation. It’s a reality of where their program is, to the heights that Chip Kelly took it. You kind of have to win now. Or else.”
The Ducks should win now. A quick survey of the depth chart shows it’s a veteran roster. In addition to Heisman contender Marcus Mariota at QB, both lines have experienced starters. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is an All-American returning at CB.
Oregon’s push to remain sustainable leads my takeaways from last week’s Pac-12 and Big 12 car wash stops at ESPN HQ.
I asked Helfrich on Friday about the idea of win-or-else.