School soccer is true across the nook as Energy 5 conferences throughout the nation take part of their annual media days to preview their respective packages.
Oregon’s 2022 season options a variety of high-profile matchups, so I assumed it would be enjoyable to rank every sport based on issue.
That is most likely the simplest place to begin. Kicking off your season towards the defending nationwide champions isn’t any small job. Georgia’s protection loses a variety of expertise from their historic 2021 unit, however the cabinet is much from naked because the Bulldogs have stacked top-five recruiting lessons on a constant foundation.
Georgia has an elite group of offensive weapons highlighted by the deepest tight finish room within the nation which incorporates Brock Bowers. The Bulldogs are at all times robust within the trenches as effectively, so Oregon might want to show they’ll match that physicality early on.
Oh, and it is in Atlanta, which solely provides to the tough of this matchup.
The Utes are the defending Pac-12 champions and have probably the greatest quarterbacks within the convention. Whereas they lose some items on protection, Morgan Scalley is among the greatest defensive coordinators out west and may discipline one other robust group.
The Geese can have their fingers full slowing down an offense that additionally options the highest tight finish room within the convention in Dalton Kincaid and Brent Keithe, in addition to Tavion Thomas, who ran wild on Oregon in each video games final yr.
Luckily for the Geese they get this massive rematch at dwelling in Eugene.
Brigham Younger is on a tear by means of the Pac-12 after going undefeated towards the convention in 2021.
The Cougars are one of many extra underrated groups nationally that can give anybody a struggle. They return a confirmed quarterback in Jaren Corridor and needs to be a fantastic take a look at for Oregon within the non-conference slate.
Puka Nacua is the identify to know for his or her receivers and it needs to be a fantastic matchup between him and Christian Gonzalez on the skin.
Rivalry video games at all times have one thing further on the road and the Huskies are hoping to show issues round sooner fairly than later after going 4-8 in 2021. I am unsure if Kalen DeBoer will be capable to make an excessive amount of change in only one offseason, however the Huskies have saved issues shut with Oregon lately.
We’ll should see who UW trots out at quarterback however my guess could be Sam Huard. Once more, one other nice sport to have at dwelling in Autzen.
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The Bruins are coming off their greatest season in current reminiscence beneath head coach Chip Kelly. The Geese virtually suffered a late comeback in final yr’s sport, however they have been capable of grasp with a really bodily Bruins entrance on either side of the ball.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson returns trying to exit with a bang and he’ll have Zach Charbonnet handy off to as probably the greatest tailbacks within the Pac-12.
Stanford has fallen off as the normal Pac-12 energy of previous, however they virtually at all times give Oregon run for his or her cash, even successful an extra time contest in Palo Alto final yr.
I nonetheless suppose David Shaw is an effective coach and they need to be capable to flip issues round a bit led by returning quarterback Tanner McKee. I feel the Cardinal can end across the .500 mark this season after an abysmal run final yr.
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Washington State had a powerful finish to the season beneath Jake Dickert after Nick Rolovich’s firing and it is clear these gamers are purchased in and devoted to getting higher.
Cameron Ward injects a variety of pleasure into this offense at quarterback, however this workforce misplaced an amazing quantity of manufacturing on either side of the ball. Issues can get bushy in a rush on the Palouse and Oregon must be careful for this one.
8. Oregon State
Possibly I put an excessive amount of inventory in what the Beavs did a yr in the past, however I am satisfied Jonathan Smith has them headed in the best path.
They’re step by step including extra distinction makers at a wide range of positions, however there’s nonetheless an honest quantity of labor to do there. Likelihood Nolan seems just like the man at quarterback and Luke Musgrave is among the many greatest tight ends within the convention.
Oregon State might be the No. 2 workforce within the north this yr, however I feel the Geese ought to have this one beneath management regardless that they should journey to Corvallis.
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Look, Arizona solely received a single sport final yr. However I am nonetheless enthusiastic about what Jedd Fisch is constructing in Tucson.
A severe roster overhaul now has massive names like Tetairoa McMillan, Jayden de Laura and Jacob Cowing able to do some harm on that offense and a minimum of hold the Wildcats aggressive in most of their video games.
The Geese should go on the street and the desert has at all times been tough, so perhaps this falls into the lure sport class.
10. Jap Washington
Jap Washington gave Oregon a fantastic take a look at again in 2015 when the Geese had Vernon Adams and the Eagles had Cooper Kupp. However that was seven years in the past and the quarterback place is totally up within the air heading into the season.
The Eagles had 5 video games determined by seven or fewer factors final season. This sport should not be a difficulty for the Geese, however it would not shock me within the least if Jap Washington is ready to make this one fascinating, particularly since this comes the week after Oregon faces Georgia.
Oregon actually performed right down to Cal’s degree final yr, which almost resulted in a loss at dwelling. The Geese misplaced to Cal in 2020, however this roster is juiced with expertise and the brand new Oregon workers ought to be capable to guarantee this is not an in depth sport.
Cal has one of many if not the weakest offenses within the convention after including Jack Plummer from Purdue to steer the offense. The Geese ought to handle enterprise, because the Golden Bears haven’t got a lot to be enthusiastic about in 2022.
Karl Dorrell has an extended street forward of him to make the Buffs aggressive within the Pac-12. It looks like they actually captured lightning in a bottle in 2016 and 2020, however they have not been capable of finding it once more.
Shedding Brenden Rice and Jarek Brousard would not make issues any simpler, and they need to discover themselves on the underside tier of the convention once more in 2022.
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