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Oregon Football

Top Three 'Trap' Games for Oregon

June 2, 2019

The old ‘trap’ game or sometimes referred to as ‘big game hangover’ is real in college football. Even Vegas adjusts some games accordingly on the betting lines. 

It doesn’t just apply to Oregon, it applies to schools all over. You spend so long gearing up or preparing for a HUGE game or rival, you overlook the team behind it. Injuries and fatigue are a factor, both physically and mentally. 

Oregon has been stung by this in the past, as have many. 

This season the Ducks face what I consider a BRUTAL road schedule met with a favorable home schedule. Oregon has not been consistent on the road, something the staff has worked on fixing since their arrival, much like penalties. 

Without further ado here are my top three picks for the potential ‘trap’ game for Oregon this season.

2019 Football Schedule

1. USC (Nov. 2) Away

Ok, so hear me out. By this point of the season I have a feeling Oregon will be fighting for a Pac-12 title and I think USC will be fighting for its third win of the season. Given all of the drama between these two schools on the recruiting trail, the Ducks will rarely overlook the Trojans. I’m certain Mario Cristobal will have no issue with taking it to USC and trying to blow them out of the Coliseum. 

But, the two weeks leading up to this away game for Oregon are: Washington in Seattle, followed by Wazzu at home. Oregon is NOT going to overlook a Mike Leach-coached team that has beat them several years running. No way is that a trap game. And the Huskies will never get overlooked by any Duck team or coach. 

So while USC won’t be nearly as good as some expect them to be, I do think there could be some ‘big game hangover’ mixed in with injuries and the fact that it is a road game. This one has the makings of an ‘ugly win’ sort of affair in my opinion.

2. Oregon State (Nov. 30) Home

Again, hear me out. The Beavs might just be looking for its second or even first win of the season by this time. No, seriously, they are just flat-out empty of talent on that roster. 

But with nothing to lose and the Ducks likely having some stakes on the line, they will be able to play loose and possibly just have enough trickery to surprise Oregon. I’m not predicting they win, this is merely a list of potential ‘trap’ games,  so be sure to understand the difference.

But I could see this one being closer than it should be on paper. But again, it’s going to take a miracle for the Beavs to actually win. 

3. Nevada (Sept. 7) Home

I’m surprised by myself to list two home games here but to me every away game is almost a trap game for Oregon right now. I don’t think Nevada will keep it close because of talent, although I think they are better than folks think they are. 

The real reason they make this list is the fact they are after the Auburn game, which has ‘big game hangover’ implications. Oregon is certainly putting a major focus on the opener in Dallas versus the Tigers and I understand why. This second game of the season following a HUGE opponent has classic ‘trap’ game characteristics written all over it. 

Ducks start slow in the first half before wearing down the Wolfpack in Autzen. Again, I am not picking Nevada to win, merely suggesting it could be a trap game. 

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