Recruits, players, coaches and analysts have grown accustomed to seeing the Oregon Ducks in BCS Bowls. Four straight years the Ducks have made it to a BCS bowl — two Rose Bowls, one Fiesta Bowl and one National Championship — and there is a great chance that the Ducks can do it again. Despite a young team and numerous starters moving on to the next level, anything short of a ten win season and a BCS Bowl would be considered a failure by Oregon fans, players and coaches.
Though it is tough to make a habit out of Top-10 finishes, BCS bowl appearances, and conference championships, the Ducks football team has created a culture that expects nothing less than that. After three conference championships in the past four years and back to back BCS bowl wins, is it really plausible to ask the Duck community to expect anything less than that? Sure, the run has to end at some point (no one expected teh Ducks to place second in the Pac-12 last year), but just when does it end? Does it end this year, with a mediocre 9-4 season that showcases the green and yellow in the Holiday Bowl? It’s tough to tell just when the BCS bowl run ends, but I just don’t see it happening this year.
Though it may be asking too much, the fans expect a BCS bowl berth, maybe even a national title. No one wants this ride to end, including the players, and with the talent on board it is hard to see Oregon picking up more than a loss or two (max!) during the regular season. With key ball-handlers like Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff and Colt Lyerla returning, the Ducks are resolute on receiving another BCS bowl bid.
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