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Oregon Ducks’ returning production among highest in Big Ten Conference

Oregon Ducks’ returning production among highest in Big Ten Conference

If you’re looking for proof that veteran teams may have a distinct advantage in this new era of college football, look no further than the 2023 season. Both the Michigan Wolverines and Washington Huskies were among the oldest teams in the nation, and each found themselves in the national championship game. Coincidentally, both teams are near the bottom of the nation this year in returning production after their veteran players left for the NFL.

So it’s not hard to see that returning production matters, especially when you’re talking about championship-contending teams. Each and every year, ESPN’s Bill Connelly, calculates the returning production on each roster in the FBS, which is something that’s harder to accurately do with the prevalence of the transfer portal in this new era.

We went through these returning production numbers for the Big Ten Conference and tried to get a sense of who the veteran-most teams are, and which programs have the highest number of guys who know they system returning for another year.

Here’s where the Oregon Ducks stand in those rankings:

Iowa Hawkeyes

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Percent of 2023 Roster Returning: 79%

National Returning Production Ranking: No. 9

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Percent of 2023 Roster Returning: 72%

National Returning Production Ranking: No. 13

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Minnesota Golden Gophers

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Percent of 2023 Roster Returning: 71%

National Returning Production Ranking: No. 19

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Percent of 2023 Roster Returning: 71%

National Returning Production Ranking: No. 20

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