Oregon secured the Pac-12 North title last week. Now the real work begins.
The No. 6 Ducks' mission over the final three weeks of the regular season: to play well enough to convince the 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee that a last-second loss to the fifth-best team in the Southeastern Conference on opening day is not a deal-breaker.
Oregon (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12) is nine seconds away from an unbeaten season to this point. The Ducks' next challenge comes as a two-touchdown favorite against Arizona State at Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday. The Sun Devils (5-5, 2-5) have lost their past four and are hoping to become bowl-eligible.