This is the one year they could shoe horn a bad pac 12 team into the playoffs. Enough good teams lose. Oregon only needs to survive a short easy hand picked schedule. Perfect set up. I usually ignore their conference; but I looked into the Ducks. Let’s face it; they are hard to take serious. What is it with that state? Their mascots are Donald the Duck; whom they dress up like a Barbie doll; & a hairy vagina beaver. Are you kidding me. They do know this is football not ribbon dance right? Have you seen their ridiculous uniforms? Notre Dame; Army; Navy; Ohio State. Those are tough guy uniforms. Oregon seems to pull their costumes out of a Barbie doll closet. Just when I think it can’t get any worse they pull out another laughable get up. I actually laugh when I see them take the field at times. How can you expect them to play like champions when you dress them up for a tea party with Minnie Mouse every week? No serious football player would sign up for that. Now their facilities are as good as anyone’s. But again; I’m a tough guy. Have you seen their facilities? It looks like your going to a dentist office for a root canal. I understand the Nike guy owns the program. But they need to let a football player decorate that place. Not the receptionist at your dogs vet. Or should I say your ducks vet? Talent. They by far recruit the best players on the far west coast. Most of the elite serious players head east where real football is played every week. If you dream of national titles & the nfl you want to prove yourself against other top talent every week. You can’t do that in the pac 12. So the serious top talent head east. The mama boys stop at Oregon so mom can still drive them cookies. Sounds mean; but very true. They stop at Oregon because their parents don’t want to fly all the way to Michigan or Clemson. I used to have to drive my kids to other states to find kids good enough to test themselves against. In the NFL you work where they pay you. You travel far for games. The serious athletes know all the best programs are in the east; so they go play there. The scared Mamas boys aren’t ready to grow up yet; so they are try to pile up at Barbie land now. It used to be USC; but that’s a violent expensive city that doesn't care about college sports now. So the pac 12 exists off past heroics. They are the big 10s toady; like that guy in A Christmas Story. I want a red rider. So these players whimp out. Dress like Barbie. Play a sissy schedule. Then expect the real conferences to let them in the playoffs. If they do; it’s laughable. Like trying to watch your dad outrun Bolt. So I could see the Quackers winning that group of 5 pac 12 & getting snuck in the back door. It would be completely bogus; but this is a pandemic. Their head coach is pretty solid. Best HC on the west coast. Got rid of that ridiculous smoke & mirror stuff. Trying to teach them real football. But iron sharpens iron. How do you build a champion when you play powder puffs every week in the pac? I think at least one of the group of 5 conferences is actually a better conference. They just don’t have as much $ or history.