Chip Kelly still had his fingerprints on an Oregon football roster being steered by second-year head coach Mark Helfrich and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. With the final batch of Kelly’s players and carried-over system, the Ducks had no problem flexing their muscle through the Pac-12 conference competition, earning a spot in the first-ever College Football Playoff.
After putting to rest Florida State’s 29-game win streak in the National Semifinal, Oregon fell short of the perfect season by losing to the overpowering Ohio State Buckeyes, 42-20, for the championship.
Moving on from Mariota will be the largest question mark for the Ducks, one they look to answer with Eastern Washington transfer Vernon Adams Jr. With an experienced offensive line and defense returning, the Ducks will again look to reign supreme in the Pac 12, hoping the small-school quarterback can make the leap to the largest stage—the National Championship picture.
It’s officially Helfrich’s program, one he truly controls since the departure of Mariota. One thing that will be linear from Ducks seasons in the past is that tickets to Oregon games will be a must-get, as they are expected to carry a top-10 ranking or better throughout the college football season. With information provided by RazorGator.com, below are the most expensive tickets on the secondary market for Ducks games.
Most Expensive: 9/12/2015 | Michigan State Spartans vs. Oregon Ducks | Spartan Stadium | Average Price: $248.47 | Get-in Price: $127
Oregon opens up their schedule with a home game against Eastern Washington (convenient for Adams Jr.), before receiving their first true test against the Michigan State Spartans on the road. The Spartans will again contend for a Big Ten regular season championship and will be fighting for one of the four College Football Playoff spots. As college football fans know, having a loss early in the season is better than having one late, thus meaning Oregon’s National Championship hopes shouldn’t be dashed with a potential early loss in a strong Pac 12 conference.
11/27/2015 | Oregon Ducks vs. Oregon State Beavers | Autzen Stadium | Average Price: $202.74 | Get-in price: $88
They call it a rivalry game because both teams are in the state of Oregon, and of course it has the lengthy history to go along with it, but this Civil War matchup has been one-sided for the better part of the last decade. Riding a seven-game win streak against Oregon State, the Ducks look to continue their dominance, but will face a new Oregon State regime, led by former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen. Andersen had a run-heavy attack at Wisconsin and it will be interesting to see what he brings to the table for the Beavers.
11/21/2015 | Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans | Autzen Stadium | Average Price: $191.29 | Get-in Price: $94
USC will be one of the early projected teams to make a run at the College Football Playoff, as it’s a veteran team that returns 30 starters. The offense is essentially the same with Cody Kessler leading the way to go along with a defense that is also mostly unchanged. USC and Oregon didn’t meet last season, but this year’s matchup may play a pivotal role for each club’s title aspirations in 2015.