Two Non-Conference Matchups Fans Would Dig

Josh Huff pulls in another pass from Marcus Mariota

Craig Strobeck

With the Ducks setting up a home-and-home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, it doesn’t hurt to ponder which opponents the nation would love to see matchup against Oregon.

Clemson Tigers

Every team that needs a QB has Mariota on their short list.

Steve Francis

Every team that needs a QB has Mariota on their short list.

With or without Tajh Boyd, the Clemson Tigers have been one of the most entertaining offenses in the country to watch, aside from the Ducks of course.  Athletes such as Boyd and Sammy Watkins are household names, known for their big-play ability much like DeAnthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota.

In addition, they have snagged the top dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class in Deshaun Watson, a very early recipient of an Oregon offer in this recruiting cycle.

While the Ducks have earned a Top-5 program rating, recruiting rankings would suggest the Ducks have no business succeeding the way they have – especially defensively. The Tigers on the otherhand, snag ballers on offense and defense, and never seem to get over the hump from ‘really good’ to ‘great’, even though expectations are skyscraper-high each season.

Penn State Nittany Lions

The Charge of the Duck Brigade!

Craig Strobeck

The Charge of the Duck Brigade!

The Ducks have already taken down the Michigan Wolverines in the Big House, but playing Penn State, one of the most-hallowed programs in college football, would be something Oregon fans and fans of college football should enjoy watching.

The college football faithful are already praying for an Alabama-Oregon National Championship Game and are dying to see the power offense and defense of the Tide take on the speed of the Ducks.  Penn State plays a smash-mouth style, much like Alabama and seeing the Green-and-Yellow in Beaver Stadium surrounded by 100,000+, would be a sight to behold.

Penn State is under heavy scrutiny at the moment, but they continue to attract players such as Christian Hackenberg, the top high school QB from the 2013 recruiting class.  Playing the Nittany Lions in a preseason duel would be the ultimate new-school versus old-school battle.

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber