Boosted by Nike and their creative uniforms, Oregon has arrived as a relative newcomer on the modern stage. The Ducks are an exciting outpost for football in the Pacific Northwest and a sturdy challenger to Washington.
A decade of Oregon success was marked with too many moments of heartbreak to count. The Ducks never reached their aspirations under head coach Chip Kelly, forcing an exhausting reboot under Mark Helfrich. The fervor of the fanbase hasn’t gone away, but many still wonder “What if”.
The bottom line
Few programs have achieved what Oregon has in the past 20 years. The Ducks had four top-5 finishes in five years and boast one of the loudest and most intimidating atmospheres in college football. The decibel level at Autzen Stadium frequently reaches deafening levels.
In many ways, Oregon and their zealous fanbase has arrived. In every way, the Ducks are a top-tier program with the on field results to back it up.