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Lets get this out of the way early
If these four things happen Oregon makes the playoff:
1. Prukop stays health. His skill set is much more suited to Oregon's offense than the midget free agent made of glass he is replacing. Freeman and Carrington are in contract years so they are going to dominate. Allen will be back full tilt, Brown is back, Stanford, Merritt, etc. The Ducks will score a fuck ton of points with an able QB, this is just simple fact.
2. The Center gets the fucking ball to Prukop.
3. Hoke fields a defense that is Top 45 in yards-per-play and points-allowed. That's it. No one is asking for dominant. No one is even asking for good. Just be in the top half of college football in those two stats.
4. Beat Stanford. The Ducks will be 8-0 going into November. November is a tough stretch, three road games and the Trees at home. No, UW isn't finishing second in the North this year, it will be Oregon and Stanford like always. A loss on the road to USC or Utah won't be playoff killers if they get Stanford, beat UCLA in the CCG and finish 12-1.
If they lose anywhere in those first eight games TSIO.