A vastly shortened and delayed 2020 college football season has shaken things up for teams in the Pac-12. The Oregon Ducks have gotten off to exactly the start they hoped for, however, going 1-0.
That's not to say this 1-0 start didn't come without unexpected obstacles in their 35-14 win over the Stanford Cardinal at home in Eugene this past Saturday, as the Ducks were without a number of contributors, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Unfortunately, Ducks' fans will have to keep awaiting a positive update as head coach Mario Cristobal stated that his team is expected to be short at tight end and defensive line against Washington State in Week 11.
Among those expected to miss Saturday's next game are TEs Cam McCormick, Spencer Webb, Patrick Herbert, and Hunter Kampmoyer, along with DL Popo Aumavae, who were all absent in Saturday's opener as well.
If there is one silver lining here, it's that Cristobal did seem to allude to this only being a problem for one more week. That won't bring them to the ready against the Cougars, though.
FanDuel Sportsbook has the Ducks sitting as 9.5-point road favorites over WSU, so even with these absences they have a good shot at moving to 2-0.
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