Oregon Football: Ranking 2020 opponents by toughness

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Oregon football had a strong 2019, but two close losses kept it out of the College Football Playoff. Can Mario Cristobal and Co. make the jump this season?

Oregon went into 2019 with the table set perfectly. A potential top-five pick at quarterback, an experienced offensive line, and a weak Pac-12 created a recipe for success in Eugene. All the Ducks had to do was get past the big non-conference matchup with Auburn, and avoid a slip-up in conference play.

Unfortunately for Oregon, they failed in both respects.

In Week 1, a late touchdown pass from Bo Nix to Seth Williams proved to be the decisive score that would give the Tigers the victory. Then, in November, a trip to Tempe (a 31-28 loss to Herm Edwards’ surging Arizona State team) put the dagger in the Ducks’ playoff hopes.

Heading into 2020, the formula is similar. Week two will feature a massive matchup with Ohio State. The Buckeyes are slated as one of the nation’s best teams, and this contest will have massive playoff implications.

The Ducks’ slate is a very manageable one, but the season hinges on a few very key dates. With new starting quarterback in Tyler Shough, and a talented, experienced defense, it’s going to be an interesting season in Eugene.