(USA Today Sports Images)Dr. Saturday will be looking at the 25 most interesting teams headed into spring football through March, examining which programs have the biggest questions, the most expectations and the best storylines. This isn’t a list of the 25 best teams going into the spring, just the 25 we’re keeping the closest eye on. Previously: Western Kentucky.
What happened in 2012
Oregon is another team with an offseason of what ifs.
What if Oregon had been able to get one more stop against Stanford, or Stanford tight end Zach Ertz hadn't been ruled in bounds on his game-tying touchdown, or if De'Anthony Thomas had picked up a downfield block much earlier that night? Could Oregon, with its fast-break offense, stud freshman quarterback and very underrated defense have beaten Alabama in the BCS Championship Game had it just gotten past Stanford? Nobody knows for sure, but it would have been a lot of fun to find out.
Instead, Oregon had a great season that also happened to have one loss, which meant it didn't even win the outright Pac-12 North Division title, much less a national title. After it destroyed Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, and Notre Dame got blown out by Alabama, it was clear we all missed out on what might have been an epic championship fight. And Oregon had missed out on a great chance at a historic season.
Then the offseason came, and coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL.
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