Even without John Boyett and Carson York, the Ducks have enough talent and experience to compete for a national championship this season. They have the nation's attention with a top 3 ranking and De'Anthony Thomas on the cover of Sports Illustrated. If they keep winning, they'll be invited to Miami, and Thomas to New York.
But right now they have a lot more to overcome than the SI cover jinx. They have the national exposure, but do they have the will, focus and commitment?
If the Ducks play their PAC-12 schedule the way they played Tennessee Tech, Fresno State and Arkansas State, they'll lose at least three games this season, including a very disappointing bowl.
Sure, they racked up three big wins against soft competition. But watch those games closely, and you'll see a litany of self-inflicted wounds and unforced errors, glaring signs of inattention, hot dogging and overconfidence.
photo right: College football's most rock-and-roll team makes the cover...