2019 Oregon Ducks College Football Preview
The 2018 Oregon Ducks finished with a record of 9-4 after winning the Redbox Bowl against the Michigan State Spartans by a score of 7-6.
They finished 4th in the Pac-12 North with a conference record of 5-4 and had a great home record of 6-1 but have struggled consistently on the road going 4-12 the last few years away from home and last year was no different as they went 2-4.
The offense and defense were both vastly improved and they had one of the best quarterbacks in college football in Justin Herbert last season.
The Oregon offense was one of the most effective and explosive offense last season as they were led by Justin Herbert. The Ducks averaged 34.85 points per game which ranked 25th in college football.
They averaged 179.38 rushing yards per game which was slightly above the 168.56 average for the rest of college football. They averaged 247.85 passing yards per game which was above the 230.12 average for the rest of college football.
The defense of the Ducks was one of the more improved defenses in college football last season as they had one of the best linebacking groups as one of the best secondaries las season. They allowed an average of 25.38 points per game which was below the 27.48 average for the rest of college football.
They allowed 144.31 rushing yards per game which was below the 168.56 average for the rest of college football. They allowed an average of 241.62 passing yards per game which was above the 230.12 average for the rest of college football.
Given their defense being above average and having one of the highest scoring teams last season it’s a surprise they didn’t finish with a better record but they continue to struggle when playing away from the Zoo and will have to prove they can win on the road this season if they want to improve upon last year.
We’ll look at both the offensive side of the ball as well as the defensive side of the ball and give our prediction on whether they can beat the win total Vegas has set.
The Oregon Ducks had one of the highest scoring teams last season and this season should be no different as they return ten starters on the offensive side of the ball including their entire offensive line and quarterback Justin Herbert.
The offensive line has 153 starts combined making them one of the most experienced lines in college football. That line will be tested in the first game of the season on a neutral field against the Auburn Tigers.
If they can hold up against that line then they will be able to hold up against the other teams on their schedule.
The Ducks had one of the most improved defenses last year from the 2017 season and this season they return seven starters. Their secondary should be one of the best in the country as well as their linebacking group.
The defense should be able to control any offense in college football this season which will help the Ducks win plenty of games this season.
2019 Oregon Outlook
The Oregon Ducks return 17 starters on offense and defense combined making them one of the most experienced teams in college football. The only thing that could hold them back is how much they have struggled on the road in games and it was just last season it has been the trend for a few seasons now.
They have four key games on the road this season against Auburn, Stanford, Washington and USC and depending on how they play in those games will determine how they will fare on the season.
I think they will win three of those four and I look for them to win the opener against Auburn and given that I don’t see them losing more than three games on the season which is why I like the win total of over 9 set by Vegas.
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