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Report: Oregon Ducks will play in Pac-12 Championship if Washington cannot

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Could the Oregon Ducks (3-2) become the first Pac-12 Champion to not win its division? Perhaps. 

Oregon and Washington (3-1) were set to play for the Pac-12 North title on Saturday, December 12th 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. 

Therefore, the Huskies were named Pac-12 North Champions despite never playing Oregon or even playing a game outside Husky Stadium. 

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But, with the Pac-12 Championship set for Friday, December 18th at 5:00 p.m. at LA Coliseum, what happens if Washington cannot play in time? Well, Oregon would actually get to play USC in the Pac-12 Championship instead as the second-place finisher in the division, per James Crepea of The Oregonian

No team in the Pac-12 this season who had to cancel a game was able to play the following weekend on Friday or Saturday.  

If Oregon makes the Pac-12 Championship, it would be the 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 the Ducks do play in the 2020 Pac-12 Championship and win, the team would earn an automatic bid to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl.