Joey Harrington: 2023 Oregon could go down as one of program's best-ever teams
Joey Harrington was asked on the Sco-ing Long Podcast this week if, given $1,000, he would lay it on Oregon to win the 2023 national championship or pocket that money to use on something responsible adults use that chunk of change on.
The former Oregon quarterback told show host Zachary Neel he’d be betting big on the Ducks.
“In years past, there has been a clearly dominant team,” Harrington said. “I don’t know that you have that this year. … If this was last year, I would have kept the money because I saw with my eyes what Oregon looked like versus that top team. I don’t think there’s any difference between Oregon and any other of the top five teams in the country right now.”
Oregon made some believers out of folks last week when it beat the brakes off Utah in Salt Lake City.
Behind a three-touchdown day from quarterback Bo Nix, the Ducks handled Utah from start to finish, snapping an 18-game home winning streak for the Utes.
Sione Vaki, who had more than 150 yards of offense in each of his prior two games, was limited to 11 yards on five touches. Utah quarterback Bryson Barnes was picked off twice. The Utes averaged only 3.7 yards a play as Oregon thoroughly controlled the line of scrimmage.
So much so that Utah coach Kyle Whittingham argued after the game the final score — a 35-6 defeat — wasn’t even indicative of how dominant Oregon was.
Oregon is 7-1 on the year, and it hosts Cal on Saturday with a chance to start 8-1 in back-to-back years to open the Dan Lanning era.
Lanning said earlier this week the Ducks are good, but what they do in November will decide whether they become great. As things stand now, Harrington thinks they have a chance to take things even a step further.
“While they may not be the flashiest team that Oregon has ever had, come the end of November, if things play out right I think you can potentially be making the argument that this is one of the best teams in the history of Oregon football, and that’s saying something,” he told Neel.