Sports Illustrated also features No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 6 South Carolina on its covers. The magazine ranks the Ducks as the No. 5 team in the country.
It's not the first time the Ducks have graced the cover of the most recognized sports magazine in the country. There's some bad history, but the Ducks broke a string of bad luck last year:
Back in 2003, Sports Illustrated's cover headline screamed "Dazzling Ducks" after Oregon beat Michigan. But then the Ducks were blown away 55-16 by Washington State a few days later.
In 2009, a preseason cover showed quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and center Jordan Holmes, but then the Ducks were humbled by Boise State in their opening game and running back LeGarrette Blount punched a Boise State lineman in the face.
The Dec. 13, 2010 cover showed Ducks running back LaMichael James ahead of its national title game against Auburn. The Ducks lost that one. James also shared the cover in November 2010 with two other players for a story about a playoff system in college football.
On Sept. 19, 2012, Sports Illustrated declared Oregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas "The Fastest Man In Football." The Ducks beat Arizona the following weekend 49-0 ... but Thomas didn't score a touchdown for only the second time in 14 games.
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