Oregon's road to a College Football Playoff berth is paved with several noteworthy stops along the way. The program faces one of the toughest nonconference games of any team in college football, a daunting cross-divisional road trip and a chance at two years' worth of revenge.
The Ducks' 2014 season starts with a tune-up, but the action revs up to the red line by Week 2 when reigning Rose Bowl champion Michigan State comes to Eugene.
Pac-12 competition presents several intriguing matchups, not the least of which is the return engagement with Stanford. The winner in this burgeoning rivalry has claimed the conference championship every season since 2010. The 2014 campaign could bring more of the same—unless up-and-coming Pac-12 South power UCLA has anything to say about it.
The Bruins get a crack at the Ducks early in the season in a marquee showdown.