One of Oregon football’s biggest remaining tests was passed on Saturday as the Ducks went to the Rose Bowl and took down UCLA.
Oregon was down 14-0 very early on and stormed back to take a 34-17 lead in the second half before UCLA made things interesting with two straight touchdowns to pull within three. The Ducks held on for the win despite a couple of fourth-quarter turnovers that gave the Bruins life.
Mario Cristobal and the Ducks are now 6-1 on the year and they’re heading into a matchup with Colorado as the No. 7 team in the country. If they beat Colorado, they might continue to move up, but the real rankings come out on Nov. 2 as that’s the first edition of the playoff poll.
But before we look ahead to Week 10 rankings, let’s take a look at where some experts have the Ducks playing in the postseason after beating UCLA.
Hint: it could be an exciting postseason for the Ducks.
Oregon football bowl projections after UCLA win
Earlier in the year after Oregon beat Ohio State, all the projections were the Ducks to the playoff, but that has since changed since they lost to Stanford.
Oregon is getting some more respect again after winning on Saturday against a really tough UCLA team on the road.
- Athlon Sports has Oregon playing in the Rose Bowl against Iowa on Jan. 1. This would be quite the matchup for the Ducks as Iowa has an elite defense.
- CBS Sports also has the Ducks playing in the Rose Bowl with the same opponent. Iowa is a favorite to earn that Rose Bowl spot, but a loss to Purdue a couple of weeks ago makes them look a little shakier there.
- College Football News has Oregon heading to the Rose Bowl as well with a matchup against Michigan. Jim Harbaugh has the Wolverines contending, but will they be exposed this weekend against Michigan State?
- Lastly, 247Sports has the Ducks heading to the Rose Bowl as well, but this time, Michigan State would be the opponent. Mel Tucker has turned this program around quickly and the Spartans would be a fun matchup. These two programs have a solid recent history and this would definitely top the Redbox Bowl matchup from a few years ago.
Where do you think the Ducks end up and why is it the Rose Bowl?