The Pac-12 announced earlier this month that they were going to play a conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. For Oregon, this meant losing out on home games against North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Hawai’i.
Out of those three games, the biggest one to lose was obviously Ohio State, as it was set to be the biggest non-conference game in the history of Autzen Stadium.
Today, the conference announced the schedule and it goes as follows:
Week one – Colorado
Oregon was slated to go to Colorado this season to start conference play anyways, so this really doesn’t change anything.
Week two – @ Washington State
This is actually a fairly big change. Of course, this is under the pretense that this schedule actually gets played as scheduled. But Oregon was scheduled to go to Pullman this season in late November. Now, with the game scheduled to be October 3rd, Oregon will likely get to avoid the potential for snow they were facing in a late November game.
Week three – Arizona State (Friday)
Arizona State was slated to come to Autzen this season but now it will just be happening much earlier. Of course, this game could have something extra to it after the Sun Devils upset the Ducks last season and with Arizona State attempting to assert itself near the top of the conference/
Week four – @ Oregon State
This will just be weird. The game was going to be in Corvallis this season but now instead of it happening at the end of November or early December, it’ll be happening in mid-October. The rivalry will still be a rivalry, but it being in the middle of the season will be weird.
Week five- Bye week
Week six- Washington
The schedule set up perfectly for Oregon here. Two seasons ago when the Ducks were hosting Washington and coming off of a bye when the Huskies played, the Ducks got back in the win column in the rivalry.
Week seven – @ Cal
Cal is expected to be good this season, which will make this a tough road trip coming off of back-to-back rivalry games. Also, Oregon tends to struggle at Cal.
Week eight – USC
Safe to say this game will have something extra. Oregon has dominated southern California recruiting since Mario Cristobal took over as head coach. USC seems like they should be good this season, so this should be a pretty big game.
Week nine – @ Arizona (Friday)
This is flat out incompetence by the conference. Oregon should be able to beat Arizona, but the Ducks usually don’t play well in the state of Arizona. What makes this a sign of more incompetence from the conference is that no other conference makes one of their premier programs play a tough game and then go on the road for a Friday game. There have been countless times the last few seasons of top contenders in the conference going on the road and losing on Friday nights. Utah did last season to USC. When other conferences make it easier on their top teams, it makes no sense for the Pac-12 not to do the same.
Week ten – Stanford
The game against the Cardinal could have any feeling at this point in the season. It’s hard to know what to expect from them this season.
Week 11 – @ Utah
Safe to say the Utes will have this one circled. Oregon dismantled them in the Pac-12 title game last season when Utah had a chance at the College Football Playoff. Now Utah did lose a lot from last season, but they are always a well-coached team.
There will be an open week for everyone in week 12 to make up any game that needs to be. The conference title game the week after will be hosted at a home school, much like it was when the conference first introduced the conference championship game.
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