Oregon football: Have the Ducks peaked?

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Some Oregon fans think it's the end of an era in Eugene. Do you think the Ducks have missed their chance at winning on a national stage?

Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: I don't think they are done winning on a national stage, but I think the days of simply blowing out every Pac-12 team except maybe one are nearing an end. I think defenses have caught up with their offense after years of seeing it, Chip Kelly was a prodigy that there is no way to replicate and most importantly I think they are hitting the cycle where their players aren't as hungry as they used to be. You saw it towards the end of Pete Carroll's tenure at USC where the teams were very good and talented, but would drop a couple games a year because the players weren't as hungry as they when the program was becoming a powerhouse when they had their best teams of that era. I think Oregon is starting to hit that point.

Chris Landon, UW Dawg Pound: I don't know if "missed their chance" is the right way to phrase it. The Ducks are still the deepest team in the Pac 12. That said, things have changed. The competitive gap in the Pac 12 has closed considerably as all of the new coaches get more stabilized. The absence of Chip Kelly has a real and meaningful impact. The sanctions against USC are starting to fade away. And, importantly, the Ducks have seen a bit of a regression to the mean in terms of some of their recruited talent not panning out (not to mention graduate). So, yes, the path will be more difficult for them in the near future.

Jason Bartel, AZ Desert Swarm: No, I don't think they're done yet. That game Saturday was fun to be at though. Oregon benefits by really only having one challenger in their division in Stanford. Arizona played the best overall game in the history of Arizona football possibly last week. I wouldn't draw long term conclusions for the Ducks based on a great game from the Cats.

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