1. Oregon goes undefeated, flirts with No. 1 ranking
I touched on it earlier, but Oregon’s schedule doesn’t get much easier this month although there is no Ohio State-sized team on the slate.
The Ducks kick things off on Oct. 2 with a tough road game against Stanford which flirted with being ranked not too long ago and they’ll head back home after a bye week to take on Cal which hasn’t been very good this year but the Golden Bears are always good for an upset, it seems.
On Oct. 23, the Ducks have probably their toughest game of the month at UCLA which could decide who in the conference has the best chance to represent the Pac-12 in the playoff. Winning in Los Angeles will not be easy, but I believe Oregon goes and wins this one, making a statement to the rest of college football that it’s for real.
Lastly, the Ducks finish the month with a home game against Colorado which will be a revenge matchup from last year. I’m going to say the Ducks win big here.
Oregon will finish the month 4-0 and sit at 8-0 on the season. I could see either Georgia or Alabama (or both) losing a game and the Ducks rising in the polls to No. 2 or maybe even No. 1.