The final chapter of a new era in college football will be written Monday night in Arlington, Texas. The first year of the College Football Playoff will come to a close with Pac-12 champion Oregon squaring off against Big Ten champion Ohio State with the first, truly definitive, outright national championship on the line in the history of major college football.
The Ducks rolled past the defending national champion Seminoles 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.
Marcus Mariota made his final case for the Heisman Trophy, and No. 3 Oregon left no doubt about whether the Pac-12 champions will get a chance to play for the national title.
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This Friday evening the Oregon Ducks will take on the Arizona Wildcats in the 2014 Pac-12 Championship game. Arizona enters the contest as the 11th ranked team in the nation with a 10-2 record.
Anthony Brown scored a career-high 24 points and Stanford held on to send No. 17 Oregon to its third straight loss, 82-80 on Sunday.
Freshman guard Jordan Matthews scored a season-high 32 points, Justin Cobbs had 20 points and 11 assists and Cal beat No. 17 Oregon 96-83 on Thursday night, defeating the Ducks for the 12th straight time.
Stanford back Tyler Gaffney ran for 157 yards on a school-record 45 carries.
The second-ranked Ducks begin what they hope is another successful Pac-12 season Saturday night looking for a fifth consecutive victory over visiting California, which is facing its second straight top-5 opponent.
New California coach Sonny Dykes and his re-tooled Golden Bears visit No. 2 Oregon with both teams coming off byes, giving them plenty of time to ponder what they might see Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
With both Cal quarterback Jared Goff and Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota seeing success with the pass so far this season, it is expected that Saturday night’s game could stretch very late.