Oregon football fans are still riding high after taking down UCLA on the road in Week 8.
The Ducks shook off an early 14-0 deficit to come back and win 34-31 in Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday afternoon, really making a statement in the Pac-12. They controlled the second and third quarters and did just enough to hold on in the fourth despite two big turnovers.
Mario Cristobal’s team is now 6-1 on the year and staring a third straight Pac-12 North title in the face with just five games remaining. They look good ahead of the first 2021 playoff rankings release on Nov. 2 and they’re truly the Pac-12’s only hope.
Speaking of rankings, Oregon is hoping to move up in the AP Top 25 after the big road win and Penn State and Oklahoma State’s losses.
Where might the Ducks end up in the Week 9 rankings?
Where will Oregon football be ranked in Week 9?
The Ducks picked up a massive win at UCLA which proved that they can win the tough games on the road. They had struggled last time they were on the road, losing to Stanford in overtime.
Oregon handled a tough UCLA team led by Chip Kelly and reached bowl eligibility with the win.
And because Penn State and Oklahoma State lost, I think the Ducks move up at least two spots in the Week 9 AP Top 25 which comes out at 11 a.m. PT on Sunday morning.
Oregon was ranked No. 10 in the Week 8 poll, but I see it moving up to No. 8 on Sunday. There’s a chance AP voters could give the Ducks a little more respect and rank them No. 7 ahead of an idle Michigan State team, but I think the Pac-12 is generally disrespected.
Ranked No. 8 heading into the final game before the first playoff rankings is not a bad place to be.