The Ducks' 2021 season begins on September 4 at home against Fresno State. In 2021, Oregon will also play at UCLA, Washington, and Utah. The conference championship game will be contested on Friday, December. 12, 2021. The Big Game traditionally takes place the week before Christmas.
With the cancellation of its season due to COVID-19, it is unclear if Oregon will remain active in the NCAA football rankings or not. If they do, then which team will they be ranked over?
Without any real competition for fans' attention, it usually doesn't matter who is ranking what. However, with the college football season canceled due to COVID-19, there won't be any official rankings until at least late summer when conferences can begin meeting again.
In the meantime, let's take a look at how Oregon has performed on ESPN's college football rankings over the last several years:
2019 - No. 6 in both the AP and Coaches polls
2018 - Unranked
2017 - Unranked
2016 - No. 3 in the Coaches poll, No. 7 in the AP poll
The Ducks participated in the Pacific-12 Conference's North Division. Oregon began the season with a 27-21 loss against Auburn at a neutral site in Arlington, Texas. The Ducks won their next nine games until being beaten on the road by Arizona State, officially eliminating them from College Football Playoff contention. They finished the season 11-3 (6-2 Pac-12).
Head coach Willie Taggart was hired after Florida State fired Chris Petersen following the 2019 season. Taggart had been the head coach at Western Kentucky since 2013 and led the hot-tempered Wildcats to a 41-19 record during his tenure there. Prior to that, he spent three years as the offensive coordinator for Boise State, helping lead the nation's most prolific offense during that time.
During his first year at Oregon, Taggart changed the culture of the program by showing up early for work and staying late. He also received praise for developing young players such as quarterback Justin Herbert.
Known for its involvement in the Pacific-12 Conference, Oregon has competed in some of the most prestigious collegiate football competitions over the past century. The Ducks' overall record is 96-33-5. They have one national championship, one Heisman Trophy winner (Marcus Mariota), and five inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame (Roger Denny, Ernie Davis, Wayne Howard, Mike Irvin, and Tony Martin).
On December 18, 2020, the Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photography by Samuel Marshall) Select a Sport... Anything less than your best is a sacrifice of the gift.
(Photography by Samuel Marshall) In a joint announcement with ESPN and FOX on Thursday, the Pac-12 Conference revealed kickoff times and network lineups for Oregon football games against Fresno State, Stony Brook, and California. Continue Reading
A championship game! The Ducks have earned an automatic bid to the Playstation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, January 2, 2021, thanks to their 31-24 victory against the Trojans. Subscribe to and download the Talkin' Ducks Podcast. Find all of Coach Mark Helfrich's press conferences live streamed on Facebook.
The Fiesta Bowl is a college football post-season game played annually in Phoenix, Arizona between the National Champion of the College Football Playoff and the winner of the Pac-12 Championship Game or the Big Ten Championship Game. It is sponsored by the Swenson Foundation, which supports cancer research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center. The game is named after the original owner of the franchise, David F. Binder, who created the game after learning that the NFL's champion would not be able to play in the following season due to a league rule prohibiting champions from playing each other.
The inaugural game was played on January 2, 2011, with the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide defeating the Wisconsin Badgers 26-14. The game was originally going to be played at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, but construction issues forced the venue to switch locations. The new site was MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which opened the same year as the game.