Oregon coach Mario Cristobal wants his players to have the mindset that they’re the hunters, not the hunted, as they enter a new season.
The outside expectations for the 11th-ranked Ducks are quite high, however.
The Ducks are predicted to win their third straight Pac-12 championship.
Oregon could also help the Pac-12′s chances of getting to the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016 with an upset of No. 4 Ohio State on Sept. 11 in Columbus.
The Pac-12 has four other teams ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 but needs to have stronger showings in its marquee nonconference games.