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Oregon Football

Ranking Oregon's Home Games

May 29, 2019

Oregon is hoping to capitalize on some momentum from last season. Coupled with a very strong 2019 signing class to add to the roster. 

Last week we ranked the away games in order with the toughest game coming out of Seattle. 

All of these games will be in the comfy confines of Autzen stadium where the Ducks have played well the past two seasons. 

It would appear on paper Oregon is set up for a good home stand, much easier than the road schedule. But let’s take a closer look at those games and rank them from hardest to easiest in order.

Football Schedule

1. Washington State (Oct. 26)

The Pirate is a heckuva ball coach and he’s had Oregon’s number the past few years. In Eugene, in Pullman, it hasn’t mattered. Has Mario Cristobal pulled enough from his staff to finally come up with a solution for Mike Leach? This will probably be his best chance as Wazzu once again breaks in a new quarterback.

2. California (Oct. 5)

Not because Cal is the most talented, but they are likely more talented than the rest of this schedule. I also list Cal as this game follows up Oregon on the road at Stanford the week before. The potential ‘Trap game’ or let down game could happen here. I still think Oregon wins but it might be closer than it should be. 

3. Colorado (Oct. 12)

This one doesn’t have much by way of ‘trap game’ but Colorado has a new staff in place and they will be gunning for the Ducks. Again, I don’t think this one should be all that close but I also don’t see much on the rest of this home schedule to place ahead of them.

4. Arizona (Nov. 16)

Kevin Sumlin has a LOT of work to do. Offensively they do have some firepower but defensively they have major holes. I’m aware of the outcome of last year’s game but if Oregon is as good as we think they will be, they should be hitting their full stride by this point of the season and I do think Oregon will have this one circled for redemption.

5. Nevada (Sept. 7)

Not Oregon’s first game of the season but first home game. And I wonder how much ‘big game’ hangover will Oregon have from the Auburn game the week before. I’ve only got two other teams to list here and frankly neither of them have much to offer. So Nevada it is. 

6. Montana (Sept. 14)

It’s my birthday so a win is expected here but we’ll let them play the game anyways. I don’t have a reason to believe Montana will give Oregon much of a battle here but I also think they might just be more talented than No. 7.

7. Oregon State (Nov. 30)

If Oregon has the season most of us expect them to, they won’t be overlooking this game and a strong finish. Playoff implications perhaps? Who knows. But OSU has a really depleted roster and I just don’t see any way they end up hanging with the Ducks. Not for four quarters at least. 

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