Oregon's football team missed the playoffs last year, after making it in eight of the previous nine seasons. The Hawks hope this year's bunch can get them back to that point by flying under the radar.
"I don't hear us being picked as a contender," Oregon head coach John Bothe said. "I like to think that's motivating us a little bit."
Oregon went 3-6 last year. This year, the Big Northern Conference has a different look, with a few teams from the East joining up with teams from the West to form one Big Northern Conference.
The Hawks open their season Friday night on the road at Monmouth-Roseville.
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