Oregon Ducks Football Won't Slow Down In 2013

By Andy Schmidt
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon Ducks have shown over the past few years how exciting college football can be with their style of play. Oregon may have lost Chip Kelly to another coaching position, but I don’t see that slowing down this Ducks team at all. The amount of talent from last season’s team may not be there for the 2013 campaign but I can assure you that the Ducks will find a way to score more than 500 points again.

Kelly’s departure puts Mark Helfrich in charge, and with Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas returning the team is still in good hands. Helfrich was on the staff with Kelly and just moved up the coaching ladder, so the offense won’t have to learn anything new you wouldn’t believe.

I thought Oregon would make the BCS Championship Game last season before their one slip-up. This team is just too good not to have another 11 or 12-win season. There will be many people who think that Kelly leaving means that the Ducks go down right away. That isn’t the case at all.

Mariota’s ability to run this offense is the key to Oregon keeping their success. He threw for 32 touchdowns last season and over 2,600 yards along with adding 752 rushing yards. Mariota is still young and is going to be there another two or three years. I like the Ducks just because of Mariota and what he showed last season. This transition will be a fairly easy one and teams still need to fear Oregon during the 2013 season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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