Every Tuesday, the new College Football Playoff rankings are released after the weekend's contests. 

The Oregon Ducks (3-1), who started off at No. 15 in the first rankings, have dropped significantly this week after a 41-38 loss to the Oregon State Beavers (2-2) in Corvallis, Oregon last Friday.

The Ducks are now sitting at No. 23 in the CFP rankings (and also fell to No. 21 in the AP Poll as well).

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Joining the Ducks in the CFP rankings are other Pac-12 opponents No. 20 USC and No. 22 Washington. The Trojans are 3-0 in the Pac-12 South division with wins over Arizona State, Arizona and Utah. The Huskies (3-0) join the CFP rankings for the first time this season after a 24-21 come-from-behind victory against Utah last Saturday and wins over Oregon State and Arizona. 

While that loss to the Beavers was a significant hit to Oregon’s national status and CFP hopes, the sky hasn’t fallen and Oregon still controls its destiny in the Pac-12 North and its quest to repeat as Pac-12 Champions.

The Ducks will face the Cal Bears (0-3) on Saturday (hopefully) and then host the Washington Huskies in the final week of Pac-12 play before the title game on December 18. 

In terms of the long run and bigger picture, it’s good to see the Washington Huskies, another Pac-12 North foe, ranked higher than Oregon and will mean a lot more if the Ducks can defeat the Huskies on December 12 in Eugene. 


It was going to be a long shot anyway to see a Pac-12 team in the College Football Playoff, but who knows how these next three weeks will play out. 

Oregon will look to bounce back this Saturday at Cal, kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT) at California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA.