Most likely scenario for Oregon football
There are a handful of tough games on Oregon’s 2021 schedule which includes Ohio State, Washington, Utah, UCLA, and Stanford all on the road. Those are all winnable games but the Ducks could also find a way to lose each one which would make Eugene college football’s heartbreak city.
Realistically, Oregon should handle all of its home games (Fresno State, Stony Brook, Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon State) with relative ease. Those are seven wins I have penciled in for the Ducks.
The Ducks should win at least three of the aforementioned road games, and I’ll say they do just that against Utah, UCLA, and Stanford. That gives the Ducks 10 regular-season wins and just one conference loss to Washington. That’s a big loss because it’s to a divisional foe and it would give the Huskies a tie-breaker, but I think Washington loses at least two Pac-12 games.
Oregon will make the Pac-12 title game for a third straight season under Mario Cristobal and win it over a team like USC or even UCLA or Arizona State.
The offense will land on its quarterback prior to the season’s kickoff and stick with him for the duration of 2021 and I think it’ll be Ty Thompson (bold prediction). The backfield will produce two running backs that approach 1,000 yards, the receiving corps will be one of the best in the nation, and the defense will be top 50 in every major category.
Oregon’s solid season also locks up a New Year’s Six bowl.
Most likely scenario: 11-2 with third straight Pac-12 title, NY6 berth