#9 Oregon at #21 Oregon State (Game Thread)

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    NO. 9 OREGON VS. NO. 21 OREGON STATE, 3:30 P.M. ON ABC
    After grinding out a win over Utah into the early hours of Sunday last weekend, the Ducks are on a strong trajectory to meet USC for the first time this season in the Pac-12 Championship. However, before Oregon can punch its ticket to the conference title game, Bo Nix and the rest of the quack attack will have to go through one of the Pac-12’s surprise success stories this season in the form of their in-state rival Oregon State.

    The Beavers' only loss at home this season came by three points in a nail-biter against USC back at the end of September that saw the Trojans trailing entering the fourth quarter. A week later, Oregon State lost its starting quarterback Chance Nolan to a neck injury that has kept him sidelined, but freshman Ben Gulbranson has since gone on to score 10 total touchdowns against just one interception across all of his subsequent starts.

    While the Ducks control their own fate with a win, a loss in the game formerly known as the Civil War throws the Pac-12 Championship into a bit of chaos. Oregon losing in tandem with Utah and Washington winning creates a triple-tiebreaker scenario between three 7-2 teams, which would then require a strength-of-schedule formula evaluation due to the overlap in head-to-head results and common opponents.

    Assuming the Ducks lose, the Utes would get in with a with a win over Colorado, a Huskies victory (more on that later), and UCLA's win over Cal yesterday. Even if Oregon loses to Oregon State, the Ducks will still advance to the conference title game if Washington also goes down, while the Huskies themselves have no path to Las Vegas after the Golden Bears failed to upset the Bruins.
     

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