Three Potential GameDay Stops for Ducks
Since 2007, ESPN’s flagship college football pregame show, College GameDay, has officially made it’s broadcast from 13 (5 home games, 4 road games, 1 neutral site game, and 3 BCS Bowl games) University of Oregon football games. That remarkable number is more than any other program in the nation.
With Oregon’s flashy and polarizing uniforms, to their amazing offense and videogame-like numbers, it’s no question as to why the program has chosen to feature the Oregon Ducks so much. They’re popular. The Oregon brand is bigger than maybe any college in the country.
But with a weak 2012 schedule, and Oregon’s toughest game on the road, is it possible Oregon fans will still see coach Corso donning Puddle’s head? Sorry Ducks fans, no Erin Andrews this time. Here are three potential games GameDay could choose to represent the Ducks:
College GameDay loves rivalry games. That has been proven by the numerous Red River Rivalries, the countless battles between the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles. And let’s not forget the five times Michigan vs Ohio State has been aired.
GameDay even went to Corvallis for the 2010 Civil War. Yes a national championship bid was on the line, but who says that won’t be the case this year?
Oregon and Washington have one of the deepest rivalries in all of college football, and what would be better than to see these two programs have this history promoted to those fans on the east-coast too tired to stay awake for Pac-12 football? The Ducks will almost certainly be undefeated in week six, and if the Huskies can pull off a couple of wins over LSU and Stanford, both teams could be in the top-5 when these two face off.
I don’t expect the Huskies to beat LSU, but even with one-loss, they could be ranked in the top-15. Either way, this will be a compelling game for the gang to consider.
Competition: Arkansas at Auburn, LSU at Florida, Georgia at South Carolina, Nebraska at Ohio State
This is the game we all are waiting for. The two best teams in the west, arguably the country, in what could very well be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. Last season’s Alabama vs. LSU game, with both teams taking the top-2 spots, was hyped as the game of the century. Oregon and USC could garner even more hype.
There will be so many headlines to talk about. “The return of De’Anthony Thomas to Southern California, to spurn those Trojans once again.” And how about ,“Can the Ducks get revenge on Barkley and Woods for spoiling a rematch against LSU?”
The other key game that week will be Alabama at LSU, who both will enter the season in the top-4. But remember this, that game will be broadcasted on CBS, not ESPN. The rights to Oregon at USC has yet to be determined, and could very well be on the World Wide Leader in Sports. College GameDay has a history of promoting its own games.
Competition: Nebraska at Michigan State, TCU at West Virginia, Alabama at LSU
And finally, the game that could decide the Pac-12 North. GameDay has visited an Oregon vs. Stanford matchup two-years running.
While Andrew Luck is off making his millions in Indianapolis, who knows if coach David Shaw can work some magic. The game will be the second-to-last of the season, so both teams will have their résumé established. If this game decides the Pac-12 North representative, GameDay could be on their way to Eugene again.
Competition: Ohio State at Wisconsin, Oklahoma at West Virginia