Despite common belief that Oregon will have a down year this year, I believe that Oregon has the schedule, and the talent to produce a better record than in 2007. Luckily for the Ducks, the Pac-10 is also having a rebuilding year, therefore making it easier to cope with the big time losses of Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart. Oregon returns 15 starters, 8 of which are all-Pac 10 players (not including Groza Award semifinalist Matt Evensen).
Many people are quick to blame Oregon's fall from glory in 2007 on Dennis Dixon's injury; little do they know that Oregon's depth chart was riddled with the injuries of key players. Anyway, assuming Oregon does not have as many medical issues as last year, and assuming Oregon's talent lives up to its potential, Oregon could seriously make a run for the Pac-10 title.
Oregon's non-conference schedule is easy enough, with the hardest of the 3 being at Purdue. If Oregon can get over at least 2 of its 3 away games (at USC, at Cal, and at Arizona State), Oregon could very realistically finish 11-1 or 10-2. 11-1 would most likely win them the Pac-10 title (assuming the loss is not to USC) and a trip to the Rose Bowl. 10-2 would most likely put them at second in the Pac-10 with a trip to the Holiday Bowl, or the Rose Bowl if the Pac-10 champ is #1 or #2. So, it is very realistic that Oregon finish very high in the Pac-10, and it is almost certain (without of course a complete breakdown) that Oregon will finish better than the 9-4 record the Ducks put up in 2007. Go Ducks!