Welcome to another season of Oregon football. 243 days ago, the Ducks suffered one of the biggest collapses in history when they surrendered a 31-0 halftime lead to TCU in the Alamo Bowl, eventually losing the game in triple overtime. But that no longer matters. The past is buried in the past, and the future is now.
The Ducks have had those 243 days to think about what went wrong that night, and how to never let it happen again. I guarantee you that for the men on the Oregon football team, not a day goes by that they don't remember the Alamo. And that is what could make this year’s team so scary.
You see, this year’s team will be hungry. They'll be hungry to bounce back from their worst season in nearly a decade. They'll be hungry to prove that they can win again with another FCS transfer quarterback. They'll be hungry to get back to the top tier of college football.
And that is what makes tonight, and tomorrow, so damn exciting. It’s a clean slate, a fresh start, a second chance. And even if they aren't opening against a big-name opponent, every game, every quarter, every drive and every snap will count towards the road to the College Football Playoff.
Yes, these Ducks can dream big. They may start the season ranked No. 24 in the nation, but that just means they can sneak up quietly on the other teams in the nation without having a target on their back all season. They just need to focus on themselves and Win the Day, week in and week out.
From now through January, these Ducks will bring us together every Saturday in Eugene, or wherever their travels may take them to.
So, on behalf of Addicted to Quack and all of our hardworking writers, I would like to welcome you to what will be another thrilling season of Oregon Ducks football. We’ll be here, working day in and day out to bring you the best coverage we can, and I thank each and every one of you for coming along for the ride with us. Because we’re dreaming big and loading this party up in a caravan to Tampa, and you're all invited.
Win the Day, every damn day. Go Ducks.
Managing Editor, Addicted to Quack
SB Nation’s Oregon Ducks Blog