PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Oregon Ducks cheerleaders celebrate the Ducks 45-38 victory against the Wisconsin Badgers at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Oregon Ducks and the USC Trojans could be playing for the rights to a BCS championship bid in 2012.
The Oregon Ducks aren't going to find any interesting games in their non-conference season. Oregon begins their quest for another national championship berth with three home games against the likes of Arkansas State, Fresno State (breaking in a new head coach and coming off a losing season) and Tennessee Tech. The Ducks should breeze to 3-0 on their way to conference play.
After that, Oregon faces Rich Rodriguez at home, then goes to the Palouse to take on Mike Leach and Washington Stat before coming home for their much-anticipated contest with Washington in Autzen. After a bye, Oregon has two tune-up games--at Arizona State on Thursday Night Football, home to Colorado the last week of October.
Then the real meat comes. Oregon heads to USC the first week of November in what could be a likely preview of the Pac-12 Championship. Oregon then goes back on the road the following week to California, a place the Ducks have always struggled. They do conclude with a home date against Stanford (where they should be favored) but also a road Civil War date, which is never an easy win.
Of course, Oregon beating USC once might not be enough. Because now there's a Pac-12 championship game, meaning the Ducks and the Trojans might have to play each other again for all the marbles.
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