True Duck fans put up with a lot of crap this year. Yes, I’m talking about Oregon’s home opponents for the 2012 season. Any home opener is going to be worth going to, but Arkansas State was a dud. They were missing a stud running back and Duck fans had nothing with which to compare their guaranteed victory. Without a break, the Ducks followed with Fresno State and Tennessee Tech. Neither team has any historical cache or comparative value. Don’t even get me started with Colorado at home late. Getting Arizona while they were hot, and getting to watch the Stanford game was great, but that is really just two games on the whole schedule.
With the release of the 2013 season schedule, Oregonian Duck fans have a reason to cheer. Yes, Nicholls State is bad, but it’s the opener, and we can compare matchups and successes against the Beavers, from their game against the Colonels from the previous season. I’m hoping the Duck don’t run the school up like OSU did, though. From there the Ducks get Tennessee AT HOME. That’s right, an SEC school is going to travel to play a tough opponent. The worst game on the home schedule is Cal, and they have a tendency to make games tough for the Ducks. Don’t forget the annual beating, better known as the Civil War, will be at home, too.
There will be huge expectations for the Ducks next year, and we’ll get to enjoy watching as the team attempts to live up to them, in the friendly confines of Autzen Stadium.