2. A stingy defense
Oregon’s finish in the national defensive rankings last season was nothing short of disappointing. With as much talent as the Ducks had on that side of the ball, not having one of the Pac-12’s best defenses was a major letdown.
Now that Tim DeRuyter is in town and he has a great resume of defensive success on his side, the Ducks are hopeful that they can finish in that top-three range in the Pac-12.
This is a good chance for Oregon to flex its muscle.
Fresno State scored 45 in a shutout win in the opener and the offense looked really solid. If the Ducks can make that offense one-dimensional and force Jake Haener to beat them, they will come out on top easily on Saturday afternoon. But they have to really plug those holes.
I want to see a defense dominating in the trenches, getting after the quarterback, and living up to those lofty expectactions.