chip kelly’s second year at the helm of the ducks just might even be a bit trickier than his first. there have been numerous off the field issues with players. issues that i really don’t think are coach chip’s fault. kids get arrested all on their own. is it the coaches fault or their upbringing? something else may have an effect on the team this year as well. saint mike belloti took the money from espn and ran all the way to connecticut after only one year as oregon’s athletic director. what lured him way? a no fun job? big time tv money? or something lurking in the wings for duck football?
on a good note, things look fairly good for the ducks this year. that is if the arrests and convictions of starting players slows down a bit. yes, they took some hits this past off season. jeremiah masoli won’t be playing qb this year. a dumb move on his part sealed his fate. a move that seems to plague most of college football these days. plus there are other law enforcement issues with other players on the team. the ducks do have 18 returning starters who so far have avoided getting arrested. that fact alone seems to make several of the pundits happy enough to put the ducks in their top 25 pre-season polls.
at any rate, questions questions questions run amok in this fan’s mind. time to break the season down.
rock ‘n’ roll.
9/4 new mexico at home. this should be an easy win for the ducks if they can find a decent qb to fill masoli’s shoes. yes, they have a couple of guys who did play a bit behind him but i for one am not convinced either can fill anybodies shoes. not yet any the ways. ducks win.
9/11 at tennessee. not an easy game by any means but i think the ducks can pull it off. even with qb issues. ducks win.
9/18 portland st at home. i almost typed i could qb this game and the ducks would still win. what do you know, i did type that. if they can’t win this one, well… ducks win.
9/25 at arizona st. a hot time in arizona. they better be ready for it. ducks ought to win. ducks win.
10/2 stanford at home. not as easy as it looks and if the qb situation is still not settled they will lose. however, the ducks win. convoluted but it’s my blog.
10/9 at washington st. one day again sometime soon, if mike stays with the cougars, they will be team to be reckoned with again. i hope he sticks it out. the ducks win.
10/21 ucla at home. this might be a fun game to watch depending on any number of things going on for each team. home game is the clincher. ducks win.
10/30 at usc. tough road game for the ducks and their first loss of the year. ducks lose.
11/6 washington at home. home game but the huskies have a very good qb. the ducks will by this point probably be playing at least 3 different qb’s per game. ominous. or maybe not. none the less, the ducks lose.
11/13 at california. as usual by this time coach tedford will have lost just about any motivation on the bear’s part. their mid to late season el foldo routine plods on. ducks win.
11/26 arizona at home. a very tough game for the ducks. and one i hope i get to watch. out on a limb here. the ducks win.
12/4 at oregon st. the civil war game. this is oregon st’s year in the pac 10 and BCS. the brothers rodgers need to stay healthy though. the ducks lose.
9 wins and 3 losses. not too shabby at all for my long beloved ducks. although they won’t be going to the rose bowl, the other oregon will be. just remember that i reserve the right to change my opinions on any of these games after the season gets rolling. plus, anything can happen between now and september. by then the whole squad could end up in leavenworth or pelican bay. let’s just hope that’s not the case. is it september yet?