The 2010 Oregon Ducks: A Team of Destiny.

As national polls everywhere are released, the Oregon Ducks, who were penciled in at the 4 spot in most polls, have fallen to 10th on average in most polls. But, fellow Duck fans, let me tell you exactly why this team will win the National Championship. It involves a little bit of crazy talk, and maybe a little too much belief in this team. But just hear me out.

(Apologies in advance for grammar. And not organizing my thoughts. And for sounding crazy.)

The year is 2007. Dennis Dixon leads the Ducks to an 8-1 record, and a number two national ranking. Everyone knows what happens next. Ask anyone who watched college football that year (except for LSU fans.) and they will say that Dennis Dixon was the best player, and that the Oregon Ducks were the best team. 




For history's sake, here is the schedule of the Ducks that year: (table copy/pasted from wikipedia)

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
09/01/2007* 12:30 PM Houston Autzen StadiumEugene, OR OSN W 47-27   57,662
09/08/2007* 12:30 PM at Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC W 39 -7   109,733
09/15/2007* 3:30 PM Fresno State #19 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR OSN W 52-21   58,525
09/22/2007 7:00 PM at Stanford #13 Stanford StadiumPalo Alto, CA W 55-31   35,019
09/29/2007 12:30 PM #6 California #11 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ABC L 24-31   59,273
10/13/2007† 12:30 PM Washington State #9 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 53-7   58,749
10/20/2007 4:30 PM at Washington #7 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA FSN W 55-34   66,481
10/27/2007 12:00 PM #9 USC #5 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR FSN W 24-17   59,277
11/03/2007 3:45 PM #6 Arizona State #4 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR FSN, ESPN W 35-23   59,379
11/15/2007 6:00 PM at Arizona #2 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ ESPN L 24-34   50,387
11/24/2007 12:30 PM at UCLA #9 Rose BowlPasadena, CA ABC L 0-16   72,434
12/01/2007 1:30 PM Oregon State #18 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR (Civil War) ESPN2 L 31-38 2OT  59,050


As you can see, our non-conference schedule included games against Houston and Fresno State, and @Michigan. Now, back to the team of destiny. Here is our upcoming schedule. (Again, taken from wikipedia. Sorry for how sloppy it looks, but I don't know how to actually make one.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
9/4/2010* 12:30 pm New Mexico #11 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR      
9/11/2010* 4:00 pm at Tennessee Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN ESPN2      
9/18/2010* 3:15 pm Portland State Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR      
9/25/2010 7:30 pm at Arizona State Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ FSN      
10/3/2010 8:15 pm Stanford Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR ESPN      
10/9/2010 at Washington State Martin StadiumPullman, WA      
10/21/2010 6:00 pm UCLA Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR ESPN      
10/30/2010 5:00 pm at USC Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC      
11/6/2010† Washington Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR      
11/13/2010 at California California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA      
11/26/2010 4:00 pm Arizona Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR ESPN      
12/4/2010 at Oregon State Reser Stadium • Corvallis, OR (Civil War)      


Notice any similarities? Our non conference opponents include games versus New Mexico and Portland State, and @Tennessee. Allow me to compare the two non-conference schedules.

1st Game:  (vs. a non-AQ Southwestern team)

2nd Game: (@ a  very strong football program in a down swing.)

3rd Game: (vs. a Western non-AQ team)

Now, this is just one of the reasons at to why I'm calling this team the "Team of Destiny." But here's the really scary part. Everyone knows about one stud of a QB we have who may draw close comparisons to Dennis Dixon, and may have torched Boise State in 2008.







Oh yeah. Dennis Dixon v.2. They look so similar.

How could this team not win the National Title?

Comment below with your thoughts.

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