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ASU Football Opponent Primer: Oregon Ducks

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This could be the Ducks’ comeback season

NCAA Football: Oregon at Arizona State Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State 2018 Schedule

UTSA (Sept. 1) - Read

Michigan State (Sept. 8) - Read

At San Diego State (Sept. 15) - Read

At Washington (Sept. 22) - Read

Oregon State (Sept. 29) - Read

At Colorado (Oct. 6) - Read

Stanford (Oct. 18) - Read

At USC (Oct. 27) - Read

Utah (Nov. 3) - Read

UCLA (Nov. 10) - Read

At Oregon (Nov. 17)

At Arizona (Nov. 24)

Oregon’s 2017 Season

The Ducks started off well going 3-0 with an undefeated non-conference record. After they jumped into the Top 25 they rolled into Tempe with a meeting with the Sun Devils, who beat them 37-35. Oregon went on to lose four of their next six. The Ducks finished the regular season with back-to-back wins over Arizona and Oregon State. In the Las Vegas Bowl, Boise State beat the Ducks 38-28.

Key Returners

QB Justin Herbert — Herbert missed five games last season due to a broken collarbone. In the games Herbert did play in the Ducks went 6-2. In those eight games, Herbert threw for 1,983 yards with a 15-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also added 183 yards and five scores on the ground.

LB Troy Dye — Part of the AP All American Preseason Second Team, Dye led the Ducks in tackles with 107 tackles, 42 more than his closest teammate. He also contributed 14 tackles for a loss, four sacks and an interception. As Herbert was the key for the offense, Dye may be even more important for the defense.

Biggest Losses

RB Royce Freeman — In four years, Freeman rushed for over 5,000 yards, collect nearly 1,000 more through the air and scored 64 touchdowns in his Oregon career. He has now moved on to be a Denver Bronco. In an odd case running back becomes a big question mark for the Ducks.

LT Tyrell Crosby — Herbert’s health is key for Oregon, especially with an injury that can reoccur as a broken collarbone can. With blind side from last season is now gone. Crosby wasn’t drafted high this past April, but many saw him as a top tackle prospect.

Reasons why ASU Could Win

Last year, Oregon didn’t help themselves out by not getting out of their own way. That can happen again. If Manny Wilkins can repeat his 347 yard performance from last year against the Ducks, it’ll help put the Devils in position to win. The duo of Chase Lucas and Kobe Williams will also have to stand tall against Herbert and crew.

Reasons why ASU Could Loss

Oregon looks to be the more talented team as the season approaches. Going up to Eugene is just one of the many tough games the Sun Devils will play this season. Unless ASU get breaks that go its way, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll pull off another upset of the Ducks.