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Ducks’ hypothetical 12-team playoff path is brutal

Ducks’ hypothetical 12-team playoff path is brutal

For sure in 2026, and potentially as soon as 2024, the College Football Playoff will be expanding from it’s current state of 4 teams to an expanded field of 12 teams.

Are we sure that they don’t want to go ahead and put that into effect this season?

After Oregon’s loss to Washington a couple of weeks ago, the Ducks are now ranked No. 9 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, which came out on Tuesday night. If the expanded playoff were in effect for the 2022 season, Oregon would still have a shot at making it through to the championship game, though their path would certainly be difficult.

Check out which teams Oregon would have to go through in the hypothetical playoff.

Note: In these matchups, we advanced Oregon through each game to show what their path would look like, while teams in other matchups were advanced based on who had the higher seed. 

First-Round Byes

Nov 19, 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) and offensive lineman Mason Murphy (76) celebrate the victory against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

  • Georgia Bulldogs
  • Ohio State Buckeyes
  • TCU Horned Frogs
  • USC Trojans

First Round | No. 12 Tulane vs. No. 5 Michigan

Oct 12, 2019; Champaign, IL, USA; A Michigan Wolverines helmet sits on the back of the bench during the second half of the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports

Winner by Seed: Michigan

First Round | No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 6 LSU

Nov 5, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) calls for the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Winner by Seed: LSU

First Round | No. 10 Tennessee vs. No. 7 Alabama

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