Asmussen's Top 50: No. 2 Oregon

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 2 Oregon

Bob Asmussen reveals his pick for the second-best team in the country this fall.

No. 2: Oregon

Coach: Mark Helfrich    

2013 record: 11-2

Projected 2014 record: 12-0

Circle the date: Oct. 11 at UCLA

Why No. 2: Of course, the uniforms are cool, but that doesn’t get you any wins. What does is having an explosive offense led by Marcus Mariota. He was in line to win the Heisman Trophy last season until a knee injury slowed him down. He could have left for the NFL but decided to stay for one more year. He will be tested plenty by a schedule that includes a handful of Pac-12 powers and an early nonconference game against Michigan State. Other than Mariota, the strength of the team might be the offensive line, which welcomes back all five starters. Running back is set with 1,000-yard rusher Byron Marshall. The lone trouble spot on offense could be at receiver, where the top four from last season are gone. Defensively, Oregon needs to replace six starters, The top position is linebacker, where two starters return. The Ducks are also replacing longtime defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti. Sometimes, those transitions can be tricky.

Previous rankings
No. 3: Ohio State

No. 4: Alabama

No. 5: Oklahoma

No. 6: Michigan State

No. 7: Auburn

No. 8: UCLA

No. 9: Baylor

No. 10: Georgia

No. 11: Stanford

No. 12: LSU

No. 13: South Carolina 

No. 14: Texas A&M

No. 15: Wisconsin

No. 16: Notre Dame

No. 17: North Carolina

No. 18: Florida

No. 19: Clemson

No. 20: Texas Tech

No. 21: Southern Cal

No. 22: Mississippi

No. 23: Nebraska

No. 24: Texas

No. 25: Michigan

No. 26: Kansas State

No. 27: Washington

No. 28: Missouri

No. 29: Louisville

No. 30: TCU

No. 31: Iowa

No. 32: Mississippi State

No. 33: Northwestern

No. 34 Maryland

No. 35: BYU

No. 36: Oregon State

No. 37: Miami

No. 38: Cincinnati

No. 39: Pitt

No. 40: Duke

No. 41: Georgia Tech

No. 42: Marshall

No. 43: Arizona State

No. 44: Arizona

No. 45: Boise State

No. 46: Fresno State

No. 47: Penn State

No. 48: Virginia Tech

No. 49: Oklahoma State

No. 50: Illinois

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