1. Book those tickets to the playoff now
Yes, I’m well aware that this is the most piping-hot take I could possibly make regarding Saturday’s spring game, but if the defense catches up to the offense by the start of the regular season, it’s hard to see any teams on the schedule being able to keep up with the Ducks.
Let’s start with the quarterback position. Anthony Brown looked the part of QB1, Robby Ashford was exciting as a backup option and both Jay Butterfield and Ty Thompson were solid.
The key running backs didn’t get a heck of a lot of run but depth may have developed. We know what this group is capable of and if the offensive line progresses, it should be a big year for the ground game.
The receiving corps is, well, elite. These receivers and tight ends are unreal. This might be the best group of receivers Oregon has ever fielded and the young guys are far ahead of schedule. With the right quarterback, these guys could turn some heads nationally.
Defensively, it was fun to watch Dontae Manning, Justin Flowe, and Kayvon Thibodeaux. Those guys are going to be key pieces and that’s just the start of the talent on defense. This unit should be rock-solid by the time the season starts and I’d be shocked if it wasn’t a top-20 unit in college football.
Oregon looked like a complete team on Saturday and I’m drinking the Kool-Aid. Playoff or bust.