EUGENE — Oregon gained ground in the College Football Playoff rankings following its Civil War win.
The Ducks (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12), who were No. 14 last week, are No. 13 entering Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game against No. 5 Utah (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Ohio State remained No. 1, followed by LSU, Clemson and Georgia in the top four.
The Utes could possibly earn a spot in the playoff with a win over the Ducks and an LSU win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. If that occurs, Oregon could go to the Rose Bowl even with a loss in the conference title game.
However, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor have a rematch in the Big 12 title game and the winner of that game would gain a higher quality win, based on the CFP selection committee’s rankings, than Utah would by beating Oregon.
The only other ranked Pac-12 team is No. 22 USC.