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Ranking the Rivals: Football

April 6, 2021
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Know what makes football even better? A healthy rivalry. It’s good for sport. It’s good for fans. 

The Pac-12 remains a competitve conference. There are a lot of talented teams, well coached and very diverse. 

Many consider Oregon State the Ducks’ biggest rivals. And don't get me wrong, ,that’s a very storied rivalry in all of college sports. 

But are the Beavers really Oregon’s biggest rival? I happen to think not at this moment. 

Here is my list in order from 1-11 of Oregon's biggest football rivals. 

1. Washington

Absolute hate. Pure hate. Two teams that you will never find rooting for one another. Ever. This is Oregon’s biggest rival at the moment although the Ducks have been on the winning end for the past decade-plus. It doesn’t matter how much Oregon has won though, this is still one of the most intense rivalries in all of college football. Oregon is 3-2 the last 5 years. 

2. USC

These two teams love to talk trash back and forth. You’ve got Oregon plucking a lot of So Cal talent that grew up right around the corner from USC. You’ve got Dont’e Williams leaving for L.A. You’ve got recruiting battles and lots of history here. This is a very healthy rivalry that runs beyond football. Shoot, if Washington doesn’t start winning more, this one might move to number one soon. Oregon is 4-1 the last 5 years. 

3. ASU

This one seems to be trending up with Herm Edwards now in town. Although not many were fans of Todd Graham either. Edwards however seems to have a vendetta for Oregon in recruiting and coaching hires. I think this rivalry is really heating up. Oregon is 3-2 the last 5 years but these teams did not play in 2020. 

4. Oregon State

This is where the list gets dicey for me. You’ve got a lot of schools close together. The Beavers beat the Ducks in 2021 which in my mind revitalized this rivalry just a little bit. I don’t imagine the Ducks will get caught off guard this year. But it remains a healthy rivalry that has been largely lopsided for the last decade-plus as well. However, this is likely the first team on the rivalry list you can find some Oregon fans rooting for, if they aren’t playing the Ducks. Oregon is 3-2 the last 5 years.

5. Washington State

This one goes back to Mike Leach having Oregon’s number. I wouldn't call this a long-standing rivalry but one that seems to be developing the last 6-7 years. The health of this one will depend on Nick Rolovich and his ability to compete with the Ducks. He talked his smack prior to this year’s game but the Ducks left Pullman with a dub. If Leach was still at Wazzu, this might be No. 2. Oregon is 2-3 the last 5 years.

6. Utah

These two teams have played each other very closely the last few seasons. And I personally have a lot of respet for Kyle Whittingham and his program. Oregon is 3-2 over the Utes the last 5 years, but the physical style of football both programs play makes this a battle of power. 

7. Cal

With Oregon and Cal having so many ties from a coaching standpoint, I gave this one the nod over Stanford just barely. Oregon is 3-2 the last 5 years but several contests were very close. They don’t compete a whole lot on the recruiting trail however. 

8. Stanford

It’s been a rough couple of years for David Shaw who many, including myself, contend might be the best coach in the conference. And it shows because so far, Stanford and Wazzu are the only ones with a winning record over the Ducks the last five years at 3-2. There’s been some epic games between these two programs and I have a feeling we’ll see more of them soon again.

9. UCLA

Normally this wouldn’t be anywhere but last. But the Chip Kelly element gives this one a nudge with Duck fans far more interested in this rivalry than usual. Oregon is 4-1 over the last 5 years. If Chip can make the games a little more competitive, this one will move up. I expect this one on Oct. 23 to be a good game this season. 

10. Arizona

So Oregon is 3-2 over the last 5 games with Ariona. I say games, not years because you have to go back to 2014 to get 5 games. Coincidentally these two played twice in 2014. Bottle throwing and other embarrasing acts keep the Cats on ‘Do not like’ list however from a football standpoint, Arizona frankly isn’t all that relevant. Good luck with the rebuild Jedd. 

11. Colorado

So again, you have to go back to 2013 to get 5 games on record here. And Oregon is 4-1 over that span. The Buffs are like the ‘nice guys’ of the South division or something. I’m not sure who they are actually even rivals with. It’s not Oregon and that's why they are dead last on this list. 

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