Oregon Football

Five Toughest Games

July 8, 2019

I feel like we got over that last little hurdle, also known as Fourth of July and have a semi-clear path to August now. Which is when the boys get back to the football fields in Eugene and everywhere else in the country. 

I’ve tried to hold off talking much football until now. I’m ready. My body is ready, is yours?

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Let’s take a look at the schedule, a much tougher schedule than 2018 and determine the hardest games for Oregon. 

At least in my opinion.

5. Arizona State - In all seriousness ASU shouldn’t be on this list as USC should, SHOULD, be around No. 2 or 3 at worst. But they aren’t so I listed ASU because playing in Tempe can be difficult. Now the good news is this is a late November game so heat shouldn’t be an issue. But ASU will come gunning for the Ducks, as will everyone. This is also the weekend of Thanksgiving so hopefully the players aren’t too stuffed for Saturday’s big game. 

4. Washington State - He’s probably as far down on talent as I can recall in recent years but that doesn’t change things for the Pirate. He’s had Oregon’s number and right now the monkey is on Oregon’s back. Luckily this one is at home and Wazzu is breaking in a new QB. I think this is the year Oregon breaks the streak. 

3. Stanford - With no Utah on the schedule for Oregon this year, Stanford gets the nod for me. I don’t fear Stanford like I used to however. You knew under Chip they would be more physical and pound the ball every down. Under Mario Cristobal that isn’t as easy to do with bigger bodies on the line. Still, David Shaw is a dang good coach and this is a tough conference opener for Oregon.

2. Auburn - Very, very close to Number one for me. Auburn is probably the better team talent-wise over number one, but you can’t replicate the emotion in a rivalry. However this one will have a lot of first game anticipation. The good news is with it being the first game, Oregon should be healthy. But so should Auburn. Can Oregon win away from Autzen this year?

1. Washington - Nothing comes easy against the Huskies. Especially in their own house. There will be no need for hype in this one as the rivalry continues. Furthermore this one is in the heart of what I like to call ‘injury country’ which could effect this game in either direction. If Oregon is healthy and Washington is healthy, I like the Ducks chances. But that’s a big if and a game that will surely be full of heated moments.

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