Predicting 2010: Oregon Ducks

With nearly three months until football season begins, it’s time to throw out my thoughts and bold predictions for the 2010 Pac-10 football season.  Bookmark this article and check back in January 2011 with my congratulations.

2010 Season Recap

2. Oregon Ducks 11-2 (7-2). Recognized as a perennial contender, the Oregon football program is expected to win games year in and year out. The 2009 Pac-10 champions will be tested on the road against conference foes and finish the year only behind USC in the standings.  Chip Kelly continues to bring in more talent every year, and the 2010 squad is full of speed, toughness, and experience. With defeats at USC, and Arizona State the Ducks will accept an invitation to play in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin.

Offense: With the loss of Jeremiah Masoli, Kelly will be forced to situationally use both Darron Thomas and Nate Costa during the season.  Costa will lead with experience and Thomas will provide a spark when the offense lacks productivity. The two quarterbackswill combine for 2,300 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, and 500 yards rushing.  After missing the first game of the season, LaMichael James will run for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Kenjon Barner and newcomer Lache Seastrunk together will provide nearly 1,600 all-purpose yards for the Ducks. Steady reciever Jeffrey Maehl will match his 2009 totals with 55 receptions and just over 700 yards.  Tight end David Paulson will become the best tight-end in the conference with 50 receptions for 600 yards and 7 touchdowns. The explosive offense will score an average of 37.2 points per game.

Defense: The defensive line will compete but not stand out.  2009 team sack leader Kenny Rowe will be held to under 5 sacks paving the way for ex-tight end Dion Jordan to lead the team with 9 sacks.  The linebacking corp led by Casey Matthews and Spencer Paysinger will pace the defense and combine for 190 tackles, 5 sacks, and 6 interceptions.  The secondary will be beaten often but live up to the old “bend but don’t break” method of defense.  Safeties John Boyett and Eddie Pleasant will be solid and the cornerbacks will only provide glimpses of consistency. The Oregon defense will give up an average of 25.3 points per game in 2010.

September 4 vs. New Mexico – Oregon 37, New Mexico 13

September 11 @ Tennessee – Oregon 24, Tennessee 23

September 18 vs. Portland State – Oregon 66, PSU 9

September 25 @ Arizona State – Arizona State 41, Oregon 35

October 2 vs. Stanford – Oregon 40, Stanford 23

October 9 @ Washington State – Oregon 55, WSU 20

October 21 vs. UCLA – Oregon 31, UCLA 27

October 30 @ USC – USC 34, Oregon 24

November 6 vs. Washington – Oregon 42, Washington 28

November 13 @ California – Oregon 24, California 16

November 26 vs. Arizona – Oregon 41, Arizona 14

December 4 @ Oregon State – Oregon 38, Oregon St. 20

2011 Rose Bowl @ Pasadena California

January 1, 2011 – Oregon 27, Wisconsin 17

~ by philip d. on May 28, 2010.

3 Responses to “Predicting 2010: Oregon Ducks”

  1. I just found this site and think you do an excellent job. As an avid Beaver fan, I am bookmarking this page so I can protest your last pick later. Or at least I hope I can. 🙂

    Anyway, great job and great site! Thanks for taking the time to write it!

  2. I saw your 2010 predictions a while back, now again today. I agree with almost all of it except:

    Duck D will surprise this year.

    QB situation will improve exponentially (Tennessee, though not a super team, will be a test, I see their D slowing Costa-led Ducks until Thomas comes in).

    Ducks 41, ASU 28.

    Talent-laden and bye-prepared USC might very well win in LA, but new coaches Kiffin, et al, are a big ?

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