Second-half outlook: Oregon

October, 21, 2009
10/21/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Oregon Ducks

Record: 5-1, 3-0

There's enough evidence to believe that the opener against Boise State was a fluke -- see five quality wins since then. But how far can the Ducks go? They've overcome the injury bug so far, but Ducks fans surely see parallels between now and 2007. Also: it's not just going to be about USC on Halloween night. It's going to be about mustering maximum focus in every game because that's the only way a team can produce a special season.

Remaining schedule: at Washington, USC, at Stanford, Arizona State, at Arizona, Oregon State.

Best-case scenario: The planets align perfectly -- which, curiously, requires a Boise State loss -- and 11-1 Oregon meets the SEC champion for the national title in Pasadena.

Worst-case scenario: The injuries pile up, including quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, and the Ducks meander home and end up in a mid-level bowl, losing to rivals Washington and Oregon State along the way.

Prediction: Fiesta Bowl.

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