Oregon Football: Ranking 2020 opponents by toughness

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Hawaii football
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Much like the Ducks, Hawaii will be replacing one of the program’s most successful quarterbacks this season. Unlike the Ducks, Hawaii will also have to replace a head coach that has led them to significant success.

Cole McDonald was tremendous for the Rainbow Warriors, compiling 8,032 yards and 70 touchdowns during his time in Honolulu. In 2019, Hawaii posted 33.9 points per game and ranked fifth in passing offense at 337.1 yards per game.

Chevan Cordeiro takes over at quarterback, and he’ll have a strong running back in Miles Reed and four returning offensive linemen to help him out. Reed had 908 yards a season ago, but with McDonald gone, he’ll likely be leaned on to pass the 1,000-yard mark, potentially by quite a bit, in 2020.

The best FCS program in the country, North Dakota State is the toughest of so-called “cupcake” games a team could schedule. The Bison have gone undefeated in the last two seasons, and they’ve lost just a single game in the previous three seasons.

Matt Entz has taken over for Chris Klieman, who moved up to the FBS last season to coach the Kansas State Wildcats. Entz is one-for-one as far as championship seasons go, and the Bison are sure to be an extremely tough out, even for Power Five programs, in 2020.