Win the Day
The Oregon Ducks have quickly become one of the staple programs in college football. Boasting a top offense and a turnover rate that sees players come in and execute just as well as others, Oregon has managed to ascend the college football ranks and establish itself as a dominant program.
As such, many of their games have big impacts on the BCS National Championship, BCS Bowl picture, and Pac-12 Championship.
Games that may look like regular, run-of-the-mill contests are elevated due to Oregon’s vaulted status.
This year appears to be no different. Though Mark Helfrich will have to prove he has command of the Ducks and can lead them just as well as Mike Bellotti and Chip Kelly, Oregon is loaded with plenty of talent that should see them back in the BCS picture come the end of the season.
With lofty expectations already set in place, there are surely to be a few key matchups throughout the year that will help to determine whether or not the 2013 Ducks are destined for greatness.
Here are the 5 must-watch games on Oregon’s 2013 college football schedule.
vs. Tennessee – September 14 – Autzen Stadium – 12:30pm ABC/ESPN
What will likely be Oregon’s first tough contest of the season, the Ducks will finally host an SEC opponent at rowdy Autzen Stadium.
Though the Volunteers stumbled towards the end of last year, don’t think that they aren’t loaded. Just like any other SEC team, Tennessee is a program that should not be overlooked. They’ll be bringing in a new coach and could be considered to be “rebuilding”, but they still have the talent on their roster to pull what would be a HUGE upset on the road.
Oregon, meanwhile, will get to show the nation what it is made of. While they do have two nationally televised games before this one (vs. Nicholls State – 08/31 – 1pm Fox Sports 1 and at Virginia – 09/07 – 12:30 pm ABC/ESPN2), this will be the first game that the entire nation may tune into.
Look for Tennessee to put up a fight in this one.
at Washington – October 12 – Husky Stadium – TBA
This should be an awesome game. Aside from the fact that it’s Oregon vs. Washington and one of the more bitter rivalries in college football, the Ducks will be traveling to the newly renovated Husky Stadium to look to extend their winning streak over the Dawgs to 10.
Don’t think that will be that easy, either, as the Huskies have a talented and up-and-coming roster in 2013 that could finally contend with the Ducks. This should be one of the best games to watch in the 2013 season.
vs. UCLA – October 26 – Autzen Stadium – TBA
Brett Hundley vs. Marcus Mariota sounds like a matchup of the ages. Two of the best young quarterbacks in the nation, the two will finally get to go toe-to-toe as UCLA looks to continue building under head coach Jim Mora Jr.
Pitting a Pac-12 South contender against a Pac-12 North contender, this contest could be an early preview of the Pac-12 Championship game.
at Stanford – November 7 – Stanford Stadium – 6:00pm ESPN
What will likely be the Pac-12 game of the year and a pivotal contest in shaping the BCS National Championship, the Oregon vs. Stanford game will be one not to miss. With Stanford setting their sights on a second-straight Pac-12 Title, the Ducks will look for revenge against a Cardinal team that derailed their BCS National Championship shot last year with an overtime victory in Autzen Stadium.
Hype already surrounding this game, November 7 can’t come soon enough.
vs. Oregon State – November 29 – Autzen Stadium – 4:00pm Fox Sports 1
As is usual every year, the Civil War will once again be one of the highlights of the 2013 campaign. While the Beavers are still a ways away from being on the same level as the Ducks, rivalry games always seem to pit two equal teams against one another and can provide for some very tense moments for the favorites.
Oregon should take this one relatively easily at home, but don’t be surprised if it’s close than you would think.