Oregon football reached incredible highs last season, but it ended with a thud. The Ducks went to Columbus in Week 2 and stunned Ohio State, instantly propelling them to college football’s elite. They hit a road bump against Stanford but still looked like the Pac-12 favorites well into November.

However, Oregon began to sputter down the stretch. The Ducks suffered two blowout losses against Utah, including one in the Pac-12 Championship Game. They also lost to Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl to finish a promising season at 10-4.

Oregon football has had an interesting offseason in 2022. Head coach Mario Christobal left for a massive payday in Miami and the Ducks brought in Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning to replace him. They also brought in former Auburn quarterback Bo Nix to be their new starter.

The Ducks kick off their 2022 campaign against Georgia, the defending national champions and Lanning’s former squad, in Atlanta on September 3. Oregon is facing a juggernaut right away and will need players to step up if they want to shock the world. Nix will need to perform too, but this Swiss Army knife player may be the key for the Ducks in 2022.

 

Oregon’s biggest X-factor in 2022 college football season

DE D.J. Johnson

The Ducks lost Kayvon Thibodeaux, one of the best players in college football, this offseason. Thibodeaux racked up 122 total tackles and 19 sacks in his stellar college career. Replacing his production is nearly impossible but the Oregon football squad has to do just that this season.