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).
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.