If it looks like a Duck and quacks like one, it will win the Pac-10 this year.
The Oregon Ducks are a 5/2 favorite to win the Pac-10. Not only that, Oregon is expected to contend for a national championship (35/1 BCS odds). The Ducks are next in today’s college football preview.
LaMichael James will lead the offense. The sophomore running back is more explosive than a father catching his 16-year-old daughter and her boyfriend getting busy on the couch. Jackson racked up six 150-yard efforts last season. Quarterback is a question mark after Jeremiah Masoli was dismissed from the team; either fifth-year senior Nate Costa or sophomore Darron Thomas will take over under center.
The Ducks’ defense has very few holes. Tackle is a little thin but, besides that, everything looks rosy. End Kenny Rowe will lead the pass rush after notching 11.5 sacks a year ago. The linebackers are very deep—so deep, in fact, that Ricky Heimuli was moved to safety after starting last year.
Get your NCAA Football Odds in the Bodog Sportsbook! Grandmaster Sports Handicapper Joe Duffy’s expert take: Even if USC were eligible, Oregon is still the most talented team in the Pac-10. Bet on them to win it. Most projections have them second at worst.