"A dormant program before Rich Brooks took Oregon to the Rose Bowl in 1994, Oregon has been knocking on the door for its first national title, losing 22-19 to Auburn in the BCS Championship Game in 2010. Auburn’s fortunate call on a run by Michael Dyer in the fourth quarter wasn't the only time luck went against the Ducks. Oregon was ranked second in the AP and coaches’ polls after the 2001 regular season, but the BCS' computer average and strength of schedule components put No. 2 Nebraska into the Rose Bowl for the title against Miami. The 2007 team was ranked as high No. 2 in the BCS standings until quarterback Dennis Dixon suffered a torn ACL.
Each coach since Brooks has kept Oregon in the national title conversation. That bodes well first year-coach Mark Helfrich, who has a title contender in 2013..... The infrastructure is strong for Oregon to win its first title."
■ Josh Huff joins the parade of Ducks on a watch list.
"Huff's name appears on the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best wide receiver in the country."
■ Dale Newton has no worries as Mark Helfrich enters his first campaign as Oregon's head coach.
■ Ted Miller has Oregon in "great shape" at the running back position.
■ Who will get the nod as backup to Marcus Mariota?
■ Brian Flinn analyzes the new weapon for Oregon with Marcus Mariota and the threat of the long ball.
"The Ducks revealed a scheme that attacks all areas of the field and displays the passing concepts of NFL and West Coast offenses. The difference is that Oregon threw more touchdown passes than most NFL teams did last year with significantly fewer attempts..."