6 Reasons to Cheer Up About Oregon’s 2018 Season

The Oregon Ducks are just two games away from closing out 2018 conference play.

This week the team will play their last game of the season in Autzen Stadium against Arizona State before heading to Corvallis for the Civil War on Friday November 23. If all goes well, the Ducks will finish the season 8-4 (minus bowl game). Worst case scenario, the Ducks could finish 6-6.

Either way, the season hasn’t been what many hoped it would be.

Given the emotional rollercoaster of a season and lack of exciting post-season options, even the most diehard fans might be feeling a little down. If that’s you, take a deep breath and let this season’s positive takeaways cheer you up!

The Ducks are Bowl Eligible.

Despite having three head coach changes in 3 years, the Ducks have managed to become bowl eligible. Of course said bowl game may not be the “big one” fans have grown to expect each year but hey! It’s all in how “full” you see the glass.

Home Game Success.

Obviously the Ducks’ season has been plagued with road game woes, but at least for this week, there is reason to celebrate that Autzen is still magical. Despite a tough season, the Ducks have won 5 out of 6 games at home.

Oregon has won 10 of the last 11 meetings against Arizona State.

For this week, Ducks fans may find hope in the fact that ASU has only beaten the ducks one time in the past 11 meetings. The downside is that the one loss came last year and several of ASU’s offensive weapons responsible for handing Oregon that loss will be starting this week for the Sun Devils. That said, the Ducks were on the road last year and ONLY lost by 2, in overtime.

Penalty progress.

Cristobal made it a point to address sat season’s penalty woes and he has absolutely delivered. With a collective effort of course, the Ducks have gone from being one of the most penalized teams in the country to one of the least. If that doesn’t show discipline, I don’t know what does.

Herbert, Dye and Mitchell could very likely return in 2019.

So you’re saying there’s a chance? Of course there is. Until someone says otherwise, there is at least a 50% chance that 3 of Oregon’s top stars could opt to return for their senior season rather than declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Just think if next year’s possibilities, especially given the fact Oregon is set to welcome one of its top recruiting classes ever. Yes, ever.

Cristobal still deserves credit.

With Cristobal, you can trust the process. You may be questioning a lot of things about the Oregon Football program right now, but trust me when I say, Cristobal probably sees those problems and then some. Not only that but he’s been trained by the best and is incredibly smart. Given a little time, there is every reason to trust that Cristobal will make necessary changes and have the Ducks moving full speed in 2019.

There you have it. feel better yet? If not, just fake it ‘til you make it. It’s time close the season out strong and last time I checked, Cristobal and Co. loves and NEEDS your support.

See ya at Autzen!

 

1 Comment on 6 Reasons to Cheer Up About Oregon’s 2018 Season

  1. Patrick Pine // November 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm // Reply

    You are spot on – having followed the Ducks for more than 40 years and having witnessed the Toilet Bowl game and about 30 years later a national title game I have learned you can’t expect a quick turn around. If Ducks win these two and maybe a bowl game we should be very satisfied. Cristobal was a good choice as was Altman.

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