Expect the light of the microscope to be a little brighter on Oregon football. The Ducks will see evening kickoffs for the next two weeks, including a Pac-12 After Dark meeting with Washington State.
Oregon will likely have some primetime attention for the rest of the season. We already know the Ducks will visit Washington on Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. PT kickoff on ABC. It was announced on Monday they will face Washington State at Autzen Stadium on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.
On Tuesday, we found out that Oregon would be in if the College Football Playoff started today, which was a surprise to some considering other teams in the running. Oregon did beat Ohio State head to head and despite the Buckeyes being ahead of Oregon in the polls this week, the playoff committee gave the head-to-head winner the advantage in this case.
Oregon is fourth, Ohio State is fifth, respectively.
As the season winds down this month, wins will be at a premium. Not just for Oregon, but for everyone. Being the now fourth-ranked team, Oregon is certainly a target for other teams, perhaps more so than when they were just seventh last week. The Ducks are the final hope for the Pac-12 to make the College Football Playoff this season.
Oregon is also the lone Pac-12 team ranked in the Top 25 so the only option they have is to help themselves and hope that others win their games.
Oregon fans should also be cheering for teams like Stanford and Fresno State. The Bulldogs looked good last week against San Diego State winning 30-10 and giving the Aztecs their first defeat of the season. Fresno State has won three straight games and currently is ranked 25th in the College Football Playoff rankings.
As previously stated, Oregon travels this week to Washington for a 4:30 p.m. PT kickoff against the Huskies on ABC. They return home next week to welcome the Washington State Cougars for a 7:30 p.m. PT kickoff on ESPN.