Is it too early to start thinking about next Oregon football season already? Absolutely not. The Ducks still have one game remaining on this year's schedule: the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 31st in Santa Clara, California. But let’s be real here, you may be already starting to book your travel for next year as the Ducks’ 2019 football schedule was just released. Drum roll please...
The 2019 schedule:
Aug. 31 - vs. Auburn (neutral site)
Sept. 7 - vs. Nevada
Sept. 14 - vs. Montana
Sept. 21 - at Stanford
Sept. 28 - OPEN
Oct. 5 - vs. California
Oct. 11 - vs. Colorado (Fri.)
Oct. 19 - at Washington
Oct. 26 - vs. Washington State
Nov. 2 - at USC
Nov. 9 - OPEN
Nov. 16 - vs. Arizona
Nov. 23 - at Arizona State
Nov. 30 - vs. Oregon State
5 things you should know about next season:
No back-to-back road games: For the first time since 2014, the Ducks will not play in back-to-back road games. This is important especially coming off a season where the Ducks struggled on the road with a 1-3 road record this season, with back-to-back road losses at Washington State and Arizona.
Two bye weeks: The Ducks, just like every other team in the Pac-12, will get two bye weeks. From a sport that is enriched with injury, having two bye weeks is something special. Oregon will have a bye in week two of conference play before hosting Cal and another in week eight before hosting Arizona. The timing of these bye weeks is also something to note with one coming near the beginning and end of conference play.
Home field advantage: Oregon will play seven games at home in Autzen Stadium. This is a huge advantage because Autzen can get LOUD wreaking havoc on opposing teams and creating chaos. Important home game to note: hosting Washington State in week six. The Cougars are sitting on a four-game win streak against the Ducks.
Stanford, we meet again: Once again, the Ducks will open up Pac-12 conference play against the Stanford Cardinal. Why this is important? This is consistently one of the bigger games on Oregon’s schedule. If we’re looking at the history of these two programs, the Oregon-Stanford rivalry is typically a battle in a tight race for a Pac-12 North title. As the Pac-12 opener once again, Oregon will hopefully be at full strength.
Hello Colorado, USC: Feels like it has been forever since the Ducks played either the Buffaloes or Trojans? Welcome back onto the schedule. Oregon will host Colorado on a Friday night game in Eugene. It will be a shorter week for the Ducks, but note that Oregon will host Cal before this Friday night game, which is huge because if Oregon were coming off a road game, then the weekly schedule would look a lot different and perhaps lose a day of practice due to travel times.