It’s been a few months since I did one of these best, worst, and most likely scenarios posts for Oregon football and since spring ball has come and passed and we are in the middle of fall camp, my expectations for the Ducks have changed ever so slightly.
Before spring ball, I had high hopes for the Ducks, but they may not have been quite as lofty as they are in August of 2021, just weeks before the season.
Oregon looked like a solid team, but maybe not quite a national title contender, fresh off a 4-3 season and Fiesta Bowl loss to Iowa State. Sure, Oregon won a second straight Pac-12 title, but it felt a little different because of the shortened COVID-19 season and the fact that the Ducks replaced division champion Washington in the championship game because of an outbreak.
The Ducks still beat USC to win the conference title, but it just didn’t feel quite as earned as it did in 2019 in a full season.
Now that we have a better idea of what the roster and depth chart will look like ahead of the 2021 season, the expectations for the Ducks are on the rise.
Some young studs had big springs (Justin Flowe, Troy Franklin, Dont’e Thornton, Dontae Manning) and other veterans continued to show just why they’re touted (Kayvon Thibodeaux, Mykael Wright, CJ Verdell). There’s a perfect mixture of veteran leadership and young talent and the Ducks may just have the recipe to make a run at the playoff for the first time since 2014.
Here are the best, worst, and most likely scenarios for Oregon heading into the 2021 season amid fall camp.