Bowl eligibility is a stretch for the Oregon Ducks as they hit rock bottom

It’s even worse than we thought.

Oregon lost its third game in a row Saturday night, a 51-33 loss at Washington State.

We knew this Ducks team was not good enough to compete for a Pac-12 championship. That was clear after back-to-back losses to Nebraska and Colorado.

But now, after what we saw Saturday night, one must ask, how many wins will Oregon get the rest of the season?

The schedule gets tougher in a hurry, as the Ducks host red-hot Washington next week, a week after the No. 9 Huskies crushed No. 6 Stanford 44-6.

So Oregon is likely looking at 2-4 heading into the bye week.

After that, the Ducks are at California, home against Arizona State, at USC, home against Stanford, at Utah and at Oregon State.

How many wins do you see in there?

Two? Three?

This Oregon team is a four- or five-win team. And considering the resources that the program has, this will not be acceptable to the fan base.

Mark Helfrich and his staff are not getting the recruits right now, particularly on defense, to return the program back to the top of the Pac-12.

The rest of this season and the offseason will be a crucial time for this program.

The “fire Helfrich” talk will get louder.

Again, I think that would be a mistake. But the coaching staff needs to bring in better recruits. The 2017 class needs to have a “wow factor.”

Watching this Ducks team makes it difficult to believe that they were in the national championship game just 21 months ago.

Since then, Oregon is 11-7 the past two seasons.

After such a peak from 2009-2014, this is what bottoming out looks like.

The next chapter will be how they build it back up.


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