Oregon football gets national props

Ducks are on the outside of CFP rankings

Cliff Pfenning
April 9, 2021

The University of Oregon football team didn't finish the 2020 season well with a blowout loss in the Fiesta Bowl, but that hasn't stopped the media world from thinking the Ducks pose a significant threat to the established College Football Playoff contenders.

Oregon is part of a seven-team group of Tier 2 teams that a preseason ranking system put together by ESPN writers, who saw that group as having the best chance to get one of the four CFP berths, along with the Tier 1 of Alabama, Clemson or Ohio State - who are regularly in the playoffs. Tier 1 also included Georgia and Oklahoma.

The rest of Tier 2 included Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M.

Oregon State got a Tier 7 spot in the 10-tier rankings, along with fellow Pac-12 teams California, Colorado and Stanford.

USC and Washington were both Tier 3.

The Ducks won the Pac-12 Conference title game for the second-straight year, beating out USC in championship game 31-24. But, they lost their bowl game to Iowa State, 34-17 to finish 4-3 overall. The team finishced sixth in high school signings, though.

Oregon will get a chance to move up Sept. 11 when it plays at Ohio State.

Oregon State, which beat Oregon 41-38 during the season, plays at Tier 8 Purdue, Sept. 4. The Beavers finished 2-5 last season, but three of their losses were by six points or less.


1 none

2 Oregon

3 USC, Washington

4 Arizona State, UCLA

5 Utah

6 none

7 California, Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford

8 Washington State

9 Arizona

10 none

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is the publisher of Oregonsports.com, and has decades of experience in writing, photography, videography and graphic design. He's been a sportswriter in Oregon for more than three decades and has even taught sports broadcasting in Portland. He lives in North Portland in a house built in 1912 that has a backyard deck easily turned into a 'Top Golf' set-up for wiffle golf balls ... and cornhole.