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The 2021 Way-To-Early college Football Rankings

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# 9     USC Trojans
# 13   Oregon Ducks
# 14   Washington Huskies

Oregon Ducks 2020 record: 4-3 (3-2 Pac-12) Projected returning starters: seven offense, seven defense, two special teams

Projected losses: TE Hunter Kampmoyer, NG Jordon Scott, DT Austin Faoliu, CB Deommodore Lenoir, WR Jaylon Redd, WR Johnny Johnson III, OT George Moore, S Nick Pickett*

Key additions: WR Isaiah Brevard, QB Ty Thompson, WR Troy Franklin, WR Dont'e Thornton

Outlook: It's difficult to put much of a grade on Oregon's performance in 2020 because it played only seven games and was missing a handful of its best players after they opted out before the season, including star tackle Penei Sewell, safety Jevon Holland, linebacker Brady Breeze and cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. The Ducks won a Pac-12 title without winning their division and lost to Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl. Overall, Oregon fans probably anticipated a little more in coach Mario Cristobal's third season.

First and foremost, the Ducks must decide on a starting quarterback this spring. Tyler Shough, Justin Herbert's former understudy, completed 63.5% of his passes for 1,559 yards with 13 touchdowns and six picks. Boston College graduate transfer Anthony Brown took a lot of snaps in the Pac-12 championship game and the bowl game. It's unclear whether Brown will return for another season.

The Oregon defense has three budding stars in Kayvon Thibodeaux, Mase Funa and Mykael Wright, and more help is on the way in linebacker Justin Flowe and cornerback Dontae Manning, who played sparingly because of injuries. Defensive coordinator Andy Avalos took the head-coaching job at Boise State, his alma mater.

 

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13 seems good for the Ducks.

Not so sure about about USC and UW. They seem to always be overrated early. Both of them "just missed" the PAC 12 championship. What I don't understand is,  If the PAC 12 is so weak, how can we have 3 teams in the top 15??? 

This seems like a normal occurrence. Discounting last year, in 2019 there were 5 PAC teams in the preseason AB poll with three more getting votes. That means that some people who are supposed to know something about football thought that there were 8 out of 12 teams in the PAC in the top 25 in the country.

In 2018 those numbers were 4 and 1 for a total of 5 teams that got votes. In 2017 it was 4 and 4 for a total of 8.

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18 hours ago, Jon Sousa said:

What I don't understand is,  If the PAC 12 is so weak, how can we have 3 teams in the top 15??? 

Good question. I don't know the answer but maybe the Pac is a conference that just looks good but can't perform when the time comes. Like the Ducks did in this last bowl game. 

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2 hours ago, BigDucksFan said:

Good question. I don't know the answer but maybe the Pac is a conference that just looks good but can't perform when the time comes. Like the Ducks did in this last bowl game. 

That's it. The SEC has 3 or 4 top teams too, but they get in the Playoffs and win championships. The B1G is pretty much Ohio State, ACC is Clemson & Notre Dame. The Big 12 & Pac-12 need to win Playoff games to be taken seriously.

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