And just like that, Oregon fall football is back on. Jon Wilner of the Mercury News was one of the first to report the decision:
Source: The #Pac12 voted to play.— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) September 24, 2020
A meeting between the PAC-12 CEO group and Larry Scott took place on Thursday and went the way many expected it would despite rumors of a cautious Stanford, and health restrictions in Oregon, California and Colorado.For now, PAC-12 football is scheduled to resume the weekend of Nov. 6-7 in empty stadiums.
As for specifics, the official schedule will be released sometime next week, but at the moment we know that each team will play a total of seven games: five games within their division and two inter-division game, one of which will be played during the weekend of the PAC-12 Championship game on Dec. 18. The trip to Vegas has been postponed another year, and instead the team with the best record will host the visiting team for the conference championship.
Though the College Football Playoff is still technically on the table for the Ducks (as is a Rose Bowl appearance, since ‘the granddaddy of them all’ is part of the CFP this season), it would likely take a 7-0 record - meaning an undefeated Oregon and no cancellations - to qualify, and even then they’re unlikely to be chosen over the other Power 5 conferences, who will likely have more games under their belt.
Practices may resume as soon as public health officials approve, and coach Cristobal seems to be champing at the bit to get his Ducks in a row,
Oregon Football Is Back!#GoDucks pic.twitter.com/tN6NusDgxr— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) September 24, 2020
The decision was made much easier after the agreement between the Quidel Corp. and the PAC-12 made rapid response antigen tests a possibility. PAC-12 basketball remains on course to begin November 25th.
Penei Sewell, who has reportedly hired an agent, will most definitely not be able to return, however, the jury is still out on whether Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir would be able to return - if they wanted to return for this strange season.
How does everybody feel about this odd Duck season?
Thoughts on fall football?
This poll is closed
Excited! The decision took too long.
Excited! Glad the conference was extra cautious.
Cautiously optimistic. Maybe we’ll get a fun seven-game season!
Wish we stuck to our guns and continued in the spring.
Why the Duck are we playing football during a pandemic?
Cautiously pessimistic. We’ll never get through seven games.