When you win back-to-back conference titles in the Power Five, you start gaining some national recognition. Oregon football is no exception.
With college football returning, College GameDay is back and one of the top personalities — and most liked — on the show had some high praise for the 2021 Ducks. Kirk Herbstreit hosted his The Herbies preview special this week and picked each of his Power Five champions, and Oregon was his representative from the Pac-12.
The Ducks have won two straight conference titles and even though they went just 4-3 last season, Herbstreit feels like they’re going to be special this season.
Herbstreit called Oregon “the real deal” and said that it’s going to topple USC in the conference title game yet again.
"And then Oregon and USC (in the Pac-12 Championship game with Oregon winning). I think the Ducks are the real deal. I think keep going back to USC, but I think UCLA and Utah both could be dangerous in the Pac-12 South.”"
So he thinks Oregon is going to represent the North in the Pac-12 title game and ultimately win, but Herbstreit also says that UCLA and Utah could push USC for the South title.
He’s not wrong.
Oregon football could win three straight titles again
The last time the Pac-12/Pac-10 had a three-peat conference champion was back from 2009-11 when Oregon won three consecutive under Chip Kelly. Since then, Oregon has won three total but could make it three in a row in 2021 — and probably should.
The last Pac-12 team to come close to a three-peat was Stanford in 2012 and 2013 but they didn’t win it in 2014 as Oregon stopped it from happening.
We might be gearing up for a special season in Eugene.