Oregon Ducks Look To Stay Atop Pac-12 Standings for a Third Straight Year

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Since the Pac-10 grew to be the Pac-12, Oregon has stood its ground at the top of the standings.

Now I know it’s only been two seasons and technically they weren’t the Pac-12 champions last season, but they have been a dominant force. If it weren’t for two mid-season screw-ups in Eugene, Ore. the Ducks would have a two straight undefeated conference seasons.

So is the third time a charm?

Entering the third season of existence, the Pac-12 has not seen a team go undefeated in conference play. Oregon is poised to change that this year.

As a conference, the Pac-12 has grown stronger and stronger in the ranks among other conferences in the nation.

Based on teams within the Pac-12 conference and their success over the years, the Pac-12 has closed in on the SEC, at times even rubbing shoulders with the dominating conference. Now they still have a long way to go and a couple of National Championships, but the Pac-12 teams are making a strong case for being the second best conference.

For the second straight year Oregon has a very weak non-conference schedule—games against Nicholls State, Tennessee, and Virginia—so any threat to the Ducks going undefeated is going to come from within the conference.

I said earlier that I believe Oregon’s toughest game will come when they play at Stanford on November 7. I still believe this to be the case, but games against Washington and Oregon State will prove to be tough tests too.

As the Pac-12 enters its third season, Oregon looks to bring the conference its first undefeated team in conference play and potentially its first National Championship.

Their first game is August 31 vs. Nichols State on FOX Sports 1.

 

Vincent Winter is an Oregon Ducks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @sportsfan247, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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