Let’s start things off by saying that this doesn’t mean we’re any closer to actually having a season, as Covid-19 is still wreaking havoc throughout our country, but today the PAC-12 officially announced their proposed schedule for the PAC-12 2020 football season.
The new-look 2020 schedule. #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/oVm9dHJBTh— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) July 31, 2020
The theoretical season would consist of ten conference games, five at home and five on the road, which means in Oregon’s case the addition of Utah to their regularly scheduled PAC-12 slate. Oregon’s home-versus-road schedule is nearly the same, except instead of starting conference play in Boulder, the Buffs will now travel to Autzen to start the season on September 26th. This was done to balance the slate, which ends with an unexpected season finale in Salt Lake City.
One move that will feel especially strange is the game against Oregon State (aka The Platypus Cup), which has been rescheduled for October 17th, “week 4”, so to speak, instead of its traditional spot at the end of the regular season.
Another change that catches the eye, Oregon now plays washington on Halloween! Perhaps we’re in for another fright night, only this time it’s a tale of the Huskies in a ghostly Autzen! I suppose this is a rare case in which we should thank Larry Scott, due to the fact that we now have a bye before the washington game, instead of the Huskies having the bye, which was the original plan.
Nick Rolovich is gonna have a helluva time getting his new team ready for the Ducks in week 2, and it appears the three game stretch after the bye week will likely decide Oregon’s season, should we actually play all ten games. Both Arizona schools on a Friday sounds awfully spooky, but with the talent on this Oregon team they should be considered a favorite for a repeat PAC-12 Championship.
As is to be expected, the rest of the PAC-12 schedule also looks drastically different:
A lot of fun little details in this one, including USC @ Utah on a Friday night, a week one territorial cup, a handful of midseason rivalry games, and a rematch of the PAC-12 title game to close out the proposed season all highlight what a bonkers year this has been.
An “open” week is included in the schedule, in case any games need to be postponed, and the PAC-12 Championship game has a couple of potential dates (12/18 or 12/19) to remain flexible, and will be played in the home stadium of the team with the best record.
Of course all of this is meaningless if we don’t WEAR A MASK!!!!!!!!