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Oregon Ducks: Why They Are Ready for the Pac-12 Season to Begin

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Oregon Ducks: Why They Are Ready for the Pac-12 Season to Begin
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Oregon flags on your Duck-mobile? Check.

Yellow and green pom-poms flying out of your trunk? Check.

Favorite beverage in the trunk? Check.

You are ready to start the trek down I-5 or across town to Autzen Stadium for Saturday's game with the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech with an early start time of noon. Don't be late.

But if you're like me, your heart's not really in this one. While it's important that the team shows up and performs at its best—see Arkansas vs. UL-Monroe on Sept. 8 for what can happen if it doesn't—this boring non-conference schedule is getting old.

We all know the reasons for it: Quality teams don't want to risk a season-opening non-conference embarrassment in Autzen Stadium. So the schedule is what it is.

The team doesn't dare look ahead beyond tomorrow's matchup, but we can. After last weekend's Pac-12 smackdown, the remaining schedule suddenly looks much more interesting.

Here's what I mean.

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