Beaver Game Will Define Oregon’s Season

Darren Perkins Editorials

I am not much of a gambler. But, back in August I hit the local Indian Casino and put down a few bucks on Oregon winning over nine regular season games for this season. Of course, with their record currently at 9-2, the Ducks have to beat the Beavers for me to win my bet. More than me winning my bet though, to me a tenth win is a difference between a “good” season and an “ok” season.

Going 10-2 for top-tier programs like Alabama, Ohio State, and Clemson is the acceptable minimum. 9-3 represents a serious back-slide that might be tolerated now and again but certainly cannot be a consistent overall record, and of course, 8-4 is essentially a lost season.

Now, the Ducks have not yet gotten to the same level as the aforementioned programs, but Oregon has reached a status in which a certain number of wins is expected. For the Ducks, I see 12-0 as perfect/outstanding, 11-1 as great, 10-2 good, 9-3 ok, 8-4 below average, and 7 wins or less as an “F.

Have I set my standards for the Ducks too high? Perhaps. But, for the Ducks to get to that next level as a program, the administration, coaches, and fans have to set the bar high. To get outstanding results one has to set aggressive goals.

Eugene Johnson

The Oregon defense gets after it against Utah.

Going into this season I saw the Ducks as a ten or eleven-win team. They have the most talent in the Pac-12 and received an upgrade at the coaching position, so to me, it only made sense that the Ducks would have a 10-plus win season. Georgia was going to be a major obstacle and then I figured one slip-up in the Pac-12 because it is just so hard to go undefeated with a nine-conference game schedule. I did not fear BYU at home or Utah for that matter, though they could have easily lost to the Utes. But, dang, the Ducks just had to lose to the Huskies.

Gross.

While the Beavers have taken great strides, the Ducks are the better team and should win. I expect them to win because that is what good teams do, they win games they are supposed to win. Bo Nix should have regained some mobility so the Oregon offense should put up more points than last week but probably will not reach the magical 40-point mark. This means the Ducks’ defense is going to have to show up and make some stops like they did last week against Utah.

How do you define the success or failure of an Oregon season? And how is the game formerly known as the Civil War going to shake down?

Darren Perkins
Spokane, WA
Top photo credit: Eugene Johnson

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