2. An encore performance from Travis Dye
During the bye week, Mario Cristobal announced that CJ Verdell would miss the rest of the season with a leg injury and panic immediately flooded the fanbase. How would the Ducks adequately replace the production of Verdell? The short answer: Travis Dye.
The junior running back immediately eased the minds of Oregon fans against Cal as he was the team’s top offensive performer, rushing for 145 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and he also led the team with seven catches for 73 yards. He was the reason the Ducks were able to move the ball against Cal and probably one of the top reasons they won.
Oregon found a way to win and improve to 5-1 on the year, but Dye’s performance honestly didn’t get enough love. Without him, Oregon is probably 4-2.
I think we all want to see him do the exact same thing against UCLA in Week 8. If he can put up 100-plus yards on the ground and remain a threat in the passing game, Oregon will be in good shape.