Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 1/5/12
It was almost a year ago when Oregon’s national championship run came to a disappointing conclusion, and the countdown to one of the biggest season openers in team history began. Following Monday’s Rose Bowl victory, the Ducks and its fans find themselves once again counting down the days until the Ducks return to the field to compete for a BCS National Championship. This time, however, the Ducks don’t have LSU to look forward to. The Pac-12 schedule was released Wednesday, and unlike last season, the Ducks find itself with a non-conference agenda that features a lackluster set of opponents. The season opener against Arkansas State is not sexy and it’s not going to catch the eyes of ESPN Gameday. It may be, however, just what the Ducks need to propel itself into a season of national championship redemption. A team’s strength of schedule can boost a program from mediocrity straight to supremacy – this we know. But what happens when your team is already supreme? Following its fi...
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