The Oregon Ducks are headed to the Pac-12 Championship Game.
After consultation with the Washington Huskies, the conference announced second-place Oregon will replace Washington in the North Division and face off against South Division champion USC in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game held on Friday, Dec. 18 in Los Angeles.
What a turn of events! Oregon and Washington were set to play for the Pac-12 North title on Saturday, December 12, but the game was declared a no-contest after the Huskies were unable to field a team with 53 scholarship players after positive COVID-19 tests.
Washington (3-1) won the North by default of owning the division’s best winning percentage (.750), but Oregon (3-2) will now replace Washington as it appears enough players won't be cleared to play.
UW coach Jimmy Lake said the Huskies had no offensive linemen available for the championship game either due to positive tests or contact tracing.
The Ducks will make their second-consecutive conference championship appearance for the program. Last year, Oregon defeated then-No. 5 Utah 37-15 to win the conference and play in the 2020 Rose Bowl.
If Oregon wins the Pac-12 Championship Game, the team earns an automatic bid to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.
Kickoff for Friday’s game vs. No. 13 USC is currently set for 5:00 p.m. PT on FOX.