Team preview: Oregon
The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2007 Oregon Ducks, exclusively on Insider.
In 2006, for the second time in three years, Oregon's season ended in disappointment. Actually, there may be a stronger adjective to accurately describe the program's 0-4 finish that included three defeats of at least 25 points. A season removed from winning 10 games and barely missing out on a BCS invitation, the Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 start and appeared a team of destiny after a controversial defeat of Oklahoma, 34-33, in the "Instant Replay Game," on Sept. 16. (There's no reason to rehash that one again; more than enough spoken and written words have already been wasted on the incident.) After a bye week, Oregon avoided any letdown from that game and defeated Arizona State, 48-13, on the road. While the win wasn't stunning -- Oregon was 7-1 in the conference in 2005 -- the margin of victory most certainly was, and suddenly, it appeared the Ducks were once again among the nation's elite. A loss at Cal followed by an impressive defeat of UCLA did nothing to lesson that sentiment, as the Bears were a top-10 caliber team as well. Even a road loss at Washington State was quickly followed by two more wins, including an easy 34-14 defeat of Washington, and Oregon stood at 7-2 with three regular-season games remaining.