The case for
The Ducks bring back the core of a starting offense that scored an FBS-best 89 touchdowns last season, and at least three of those players (sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota, junior running back De'Anthony Thomas and senior wide receiver Josh Huff) are proven home run threats. Thomas has scored 33 touchdowns in two seasons, while Mariota set the school record for touchdowns in a season (38). The Ducks averaged one point for every 32.9 seconds of possession, and offensive coordinator turned head coach Mark Helfrich isn't expected to ease the pace.
As for the defense, the Ducks feature a veteran secondary led by potential All-America cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. The budding star on that side of the ball is sophomore defensive lineman Arik Armstead, a physical specimen (6'8", 280 pounds) whose sack totals and tackles for loss (½ and two in 2012) could skyrocket this year. Oregon's defenders have another thing going for them: They practice against the nation's best offense every day.
The case against
The Ducks have the weapons to make a title run, but it's wait and see on whether Helfrich has the savvy and acumen to run the offense as effectively as Chip Kelly.
How has the transition from offensive coordinator to coach been?