Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 8/15/13
Rising Programs The Oregon Ducks are currently the standard of excellence in the Pac-12, there is no doubting that. Coming off their second straight BCS Bowl victory and a No. 2 finish in the polls, though they missed out on their fourth straight Pac-10/12 Championship because of Stanford, they were still undoubtedly the team to beat in the conference. This coming year doesn’t look like it will be any different. Though Chip Kelly left for the NFL and left some uncertainty surrounding the coaching position, returning stars such as Marcus Mariota, De’Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, and Terrance Mitchell all appear more than ready to continue forwarding Oregon’s dominance in the Conference of Champions.  Factor in the fact that other Pac-12 programs — save for Stanford — just aren’t really on the level of Oregon yet, and you have all signs indicating the Ducks will continue to dominate their opponents throughout 2013. But what about in the coming years? Will Oregon be able ...
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