The Oregon Ducks finished off the 2017 campaign with its biggest win ever over in-state rival Oregon State. The 69-10 victory was incredible; however, it also exemplified a lost opportunity for the Ducks this season. When sophomore QB Justin Herbert is healthy, Oregon is 6-1 this season and would probably be a top 15 this season. However, the Ducks struggled to a 1-4 record without him, leading to a 7-5 season.
Nonetheless, this season has been a good rebuilding year in Eugene. Next year’s recruiting class is highly ranked and the Ducks certainly look like a team to beat in 2018. But where do the experts see the Ducks landing come bowl season?
The results — much like the expectations of bowl placement at this uncertain point of the season — were mixed when it came to the Ducks. ESPN’s David M. Hale has Oregon facing Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 16, while Sports Illustrated’s Eric Single has the Ducks playing Louisville in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29.
Oregon has found itself in the New Years Six bowls for a better part of the last decade. While these bowls aren’t up to Oregon’s normal standards, it’s a start. The Willie Taggart era is underway. Let’s see if the Ducks make a statement in the bowl game that says they’re playing for titles in 2018.
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