With each passing week, college football seems to get a little crazier. This past Saturday was certainly no exception as four of the top 10 teams in last week’s AP poll were upset: No. 3 Ole Miss, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 UCLA, and No. 8 Georgia all lost for the first time in 2015.
The Oregon Ducks got back to their winning ways by beating Colorado, 42-24, in what was an interesting game to watch. However, the green and yellow didn’t get back into the AP Top 25, and remain unranked headed into their home game against Washington State this Saturday at 3 p.m. PST.
Much like every week, rooting for our Ducks is top priority. If Oregon can keep winning, and solve the questions at quarterback, they still have a chance to win the Pac-12 North Division. But if you have some free time, and plan to keep an eye on games around the country, here are a few games to keen in on.
First up, all Duck fans should be Utah fans for the rest of the year, as hard as that might be. After the aforementioned chaos this past weekend, the Utes have moved up to No. 5 in the nation, and received seven first place votes.
No. 23 California travels to Salt Lake City this Saturday, in a game that can directly impact Oregon moving forward.
Cal is the only Pac-12 North team ranked in the AP Poll aside from No. 16 Stanford, and a loss almost certainly would drop the Golden Bears out of the Top 25, allowing the Ducks to take their place.
With no conference loses so far, California and Stanford are favorites to win the North Division and are standing in Oregon’s path to the conference title game.
After struggling for the past three weeks, including nearly losing to Washington State last Saturday, it’s time the Golden Bears feel the agony of defeat. I’ll be rooting for Utah in this one.
The SEC saw two of its top ten teams lose last weekend, and both schools are looking to bounce back with wins this weekend. Georgia in particular faces an interesting challenge. The Bulldogs were simply dominated at home last Saturday by Alabama, and now travel to Knoxville to face a Tennessee squad desperate for a win.
The Volunteers, 2-3 on the season, have lost all three games by one score; they’re due to put a complete game together. Let’s root for Tennessee, as it would benefit the Ducks in the polls should the Vols pull off the upset.
One of the more surprising teams so far has been No. 13 Northwestern. A
fter stunning the country and beating Stanford in the season opener, the Wildcats have now ascended to the top 15 and are contenders in the B1G.
This week, they travel to the Big House to face No. 18 Michigan in their biggest test since Week 1. The fact that this game is in the national conversation is great for college football, but sadly one of them has to lose.
With that said, I will be rooting against Michigan this Saturday, even though I don’t mind the Wolverine program. But a Michigan loss would move Oregon up in the polls, and make the Pac-12 look better on a national scale.
Also, I never liked Jim Harbaugh much, so seeing him lose is always enjoyable on a personal level. Go Wildcats! Keep on dancing, and keep this dream season alive.
With the Ducks victorious last weekend in Boulder, there is still hope for a repeat Pac-12 championship. But at this point, every game is a must-win for this team. If Oregon can continue to win, it’s only a matter of time before they crack the Top 25 again.
Check back next Wednesday for the next installment of “Who to Root for and Against,” and Go Ducks!
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