Now up to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, Oregon football is in a prime position to make the top four and play for a national title.
Before that can happen, however, the Ducks must win out and capture a third straight Pac-12 title in the process. The remaining four regular-season games are arguably the easiest of any team in the current top four, but there are still some sneaky opponents that could bite the Ducks.
Washington awaits on Nov. 6 in a huge rivalry game in Seattle and while the Huskies have been bad this year, this is a game that could make their season. The Ducks will head back home to take on Washington State on Nov. 13 before hitting the road to face a tough Utah team the following week and ending the year with a rivalry battle against Oregon State in Eugene.
How will the Ducks fare in the final month of the regular season?
What a nightmare of a season it’s been for Washington. The Huskies technically won the Pac-12 North last season but had to forfeit their spot in the conference title game because of COVID-19 and Oregon took their place and won the league. The Huskies want to claim what they felt was theirs by snatching a win from the Ducks here, ruining their playoff hopes.
Oregon, on the other hand, seems to be coming together at the perfect time. The offense has hit its stride behind Anthony Brown and a suddenly-hot Devon Williams at receiver.
The defense is going to make life difficult for an already struggling Washington offense as Kayvon Thibodeaux feasts in this one and sacks Dylan Morris at least twice.
A couple of big turnovers will be the difference here and Oregon beats rival Washington in what was expected to be a massive showdown at the beginning of the year.
Final Score: Oregon 34, Washington 23 (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12)