3. Clearer path to the College Football Playoff
While the competition in the Big Ten would be tougher than what the Ducks have seen in the Pac-12, they are one of the most talented teams in the country and recruit at a high level already, rivaling that of some of the nation’s top programs.
And playing stiffer competition is only going to help the Ducks improve and make that path to the playoff even clearer.
In fact, the Pac-12 has had a tough time sending teams to the playoff because, well, the committee doesn’t value teams from the conference very highly. With the competition not as fierce as that in the SEC and Big Ten, and sometimes the ACC, the committee is much more likely to take a two-loss team from another conference over a one-loss Pac-12 team.
Before you say, “Well, there’s no way Oregon is going to consistently finish with 1-2 losses in the Big Ten with Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, and others on the schedule,” just realize that the Ducks have more than enough talent to do so.
If Oregon joins the Big Ten and has a one or two-loss season, a playoff berth is likely. Can’t say the same in the Pac-12.