Injuries, Calls, and Hires That Have Ruined Oregon’s Football Seasons Destined for Greatness.

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 27: Quarterback Dennis Dixon #10 of the Oregon Ducks runs with the ball against Ryan Maualuga #58 of the Southern California Trojans at Autzen Stadium October 27, 2007 in Eugene, Oregon. - Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Mariota Shoulder Injury in College Football Playoff National Championship

Had he not gotten injured, he might have stayed and gone for another championship run. Instead, he hurt his shoulder and went to the draft and got picked as the second overall pick. My thought is: Mariota stays with the receiving personnel we had in Byron Marshall, Bralon Addison, Dwayne Stanford, with Pharaoh Brown at tight end again after the gruesome leg injury two Novembers ago, and running back Royce Freeman, Oregon makes a deep run against No. one Alabama, No. two Clemson, and No. four Oklahoma.

Bama beats Oklahoma, Oregon beats Clemson. This sets up an interesting game. Two high power, but very different offenses battling it out. Bama-Oregon would be a high scoring game (could have potentially set a really high National Championship combined scoring record), but Bama would edge out Oregon.

Any Overturned Call Against Stanford

Overturned calls have ruined great seasons for Oregon. 2012, Kevin Hogan pass to Zach Ertz incomplete. Overturned to TD.

Stanford win. CJ Verdells’ big run to put the Ducks up big in 2018. Overturned, down at the one inch line. They end up with a bad snap while trying be Stanford of old; ‘Ford also wins.

Can we redo those games? Preferably, with different refs? And also a kneel?

Dennis Dixon Injury in 2007

Dixon and crew were rolling, and had teams like Missouri and Kansas who hadn’t played against spread offenses. At the time Oregon was 8-1, coming off a win against No. six Arizona State. Dixon went down with an ACL injury against an unranked Arizona, lost against them, and the following two games to UCLA and Oregon State. The Ducks ended up unranked in the Sun Bowl beating No. 21 South Florida 56-21.

Worst Hire: Taggart or Helfrich?

Helfrich and Taggart, while both respected, weren’t good at Oregon. Taggart isn’t looking to hot at FSU, and Helfrich got hired as an Offensive Coordinator for the Bears of Chicago, after a stint as a Fox Sports 1 analyst. Helfrich was recruiting so well that I thought there was some exchange of money between coach and recruit. He got us Dakota Prukop (one not good thing), and Vernon "Big Play VA" Adams(one good thing). Taggart took the team and changed the atmosphere and led the Ducks to a 7-5 record (worst in a while at that point).

Now! You decide which one was worse!! Or, you can comment one that I may have missed and you think is way worse.

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