I’m sure there a plenty of East Coast Ducks who are very happy today! This morning, the University of Oregon announced that Oregon has made a change in the 2013 out of conference schedule, dropping the road trip to Nevada for a trip to Virginia to face the Cavaliers in the second week of the season. Virginia will likely complete the home and home with a trip to Eugene in 2016.
Virginia had a bit of a buzz surrounding their program at the beginning of the 2012 season, as the resurgent Cavaliers had wrapped up an 8-5 season in 2011. But they regressed a bit last season, finishing with a 4-8 record. Oregon should be a strong favorite to beat the Cavaliers, but a cross country trip always has the potential to yield strange results. This game is essentially a nice publicity run to the East Coast, and may help our Heisman candidates earn some more respect from East-Coast voters.
The trip to Charlottesville will be Oregon’s furthest road trip since the Ducks visited Mississippi State in 2003.