While the Oregon Ducks have been one of the more successful college football programs of the 21st century, one accolade has evaded the program during its history: a National Championship.
Oregon made the title game twice last decade but fell both times leaving the trophy case empty.
The 2021 Oregon Ducks are seeking to change that.
"The goal for us is just, we want to win a National Championship really bad," explained Travis Dye during Tuesday's media session.
Dye was not alone in making the team's intentions public.
"My main goal since I've been at Oregon and since Cristobal's taken over the program and we've been going the direction we've been going, definitely want to get into that playoff and win a National Championship," said CJ Verdell.
"That's definitely the main goal here and we feel like we have the guys to do that so that's pretty much where everyone's heads at."
Given the upward trajectory, Mario Cristobal has injected into the program, of course the Ducks are going to be working towards being named the nation's best.
Cristobal has won National Championships as a player (Miami) and assistant coach (Alabama). He knows what type of DNA a program needs to get to that level.
Everything he's done since being promoted to head coach has been to accomplish that goal. Cristobal even recruits players and assistant coaches to the program with the lure of helping him win a National Championship.
While some programs shy away from those expectations, Oregon embraces them.
The 2020 Oregon season is viewed as a disappointment but the team still won the conference for the second consecutive season. A conference championship is seen as the floor, as pointed out by Kayvon Thibodeaux following the win over USC in Los Angeles last December.
“If I want to be honest, it feels like we supposed to do this," said the Pac-12 Championship MVP. "I couldn’t even tell you that I was excited that we won or couldn’t tell you I didn’t expect it, it’s just when we come to play, we come to play. We left it all on the field."
Could this be the season? We'll have to wait and see.