Oregon football picked up a fourth win on Saturday, beating Arizona thanks to a big fourth quarter, 41-19. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but sometimes that doesn’t matter.
It will matter eventually when the playoff committee is looking to piece together its four-team semifinal. The committee likes style points and Oregon didn’t earn any in the win over the Wildcats until the fourth quarter.
With the win, Oregon remained the No. 3 team in the AP Top 25 and is in many major publications’ projected playoff field.
We’re going to take a look at where those publications have the Ducks playing this postseason and along with their projected opponents.
Where does everyone have Oregon football playing after Week 4?
The 4-0 Ducks have turned some heads this season after beating a now-ranked Fresno State team and No. 3 Ohio State on the road. That’s helped them enter the playoff conversation.
In fact, Oregon is the Pac-12’s only remaining hope of making the playoff — along with maybe UCLA.
- 247Sports has Oregon as the No. 2 seed in the Cotton Bowl (playoff semifinal) facing No. 3 Georgia.
It’s kind of surprising to see the Ducks projected as the two-seed when Georgia has arguably looked like the best team in college football this year. That would be a heck of a Cotton Bowl matchup, though.
- USA Today projects the Ducks in the Cotton Bowl as well but doesn’t specify which seed. They would also be facing Georgia in these projections.
Not a surprise to see this matchup after Week 4 because Oregon and Georgia are the Nos. 3 and 2 teams in the AP Top 25, respectively.
- ESPN also has the Ducks in the Cotton Bowl against Georgia.
Surprise, surprise, right?
- Lastly, Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has Oregon as the No. 4 seed in the playoff semifinal, facing No. 1 Alabama in the Orange Bowl.
I guess it’s nice to see some variation, but an Alabama matchup would be just as intimidating as one with Georgia, if not more so.
Even after a so-so performance against Arizona, everyone has Oregon has a playoff team in Week 5.