Oregon football will either have an afternoon kickoff or a Pac-12 After Dark game against the Colorado Buffaloes on Oct. 30. The decision of which time slot they receive is up to them.
All of the games on Oct. 30 in the Pac-12 have been chosen, with the exception of two: Oregon vs. Colorado and UCLA at Utah. With how the Conference of Champions is shaking out this season so far, there is intrigue all around. Entering this weekend, the Utah Utes lead the South Division with a record of 4-2 and they are currently on a three-game winning streak. UCLA is in a similar spot.
The Bruins enter this weekend vs Oregon at 5-2 and 3-1 in the Pac-12, good enough for third place behind Utah and Arizona State. The Pac-12 South has already started the process of beating the crap out of each other. Arizona State until their meeting with Utah last weekend looked like a clear-cut favorite for the division. The Utah Utes, at home, had other ideas and stepped up to the challenge giving ASU their first conference loss of the season.
Oregon football has had inconsistencies this season. It seems more than most. While Anthony Brown had had a few glowing moments at quarterback, the Ducks offense seems to be just sputtering along just enough to win in recent weeks, playing down to their competition.
Something has to change.
I have heard that Brown is playing injured and the bye week came at the right time. Others are calling for Ty Thompson to takeover. I think Brown has a big opportunity on Saturday at UCLA. The Oregon fefense will also have some key players back on the field after being injured earlier in the year.
For the Ducks, a win will give them the early time slot at 12:30 p.m. PT on FOX against Colorado on Oct. 30. A UCLA win will give Oregon football the 7 p.m. PT opening on ESPN.
ESPN’s GameDay decided that the Pac-12 was a good place to check out this week and they will be at UCLA. The storyline of the former coach in Chip Kelly vs. the new coach in Mario Cristobal played a little better a few seasons ago but is still relevant. Both teams are scarily similar on offense this season when it comes to points per game. Both teams are putting up 33 points offensively. Both teams are also averaging roughly 425 yards of offense per game.
Oregon and UCLA kickoff on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. ET) on ABC.