As perennial powers in college football, the Oregon Ducks have no issue contending for BCS bowl berths year in and year out.
In 2011, the Ducks' out-of-conference schedule is strong with a neutral-site game versus LSU on September 3rd and playing host to Nevada a week later on September 10th.
Strength of schedule can play to a team's advantage in a close race for a championship berth, and the Ducks could do themselves a favor or two by continuing to schedule both strong and different opponents in the years to come.
Although the Big East conference lacks depth in terms of national strength, Pittsburgh finds itself competing for a BCS berth each year.
This matchup would suit the Oregon Ducks well because once again it would only improve their strength of schedule, as Pitt seems to creep its way into the Top 25 each year at some point.
In addition, with the Big East looking to jump back onto the national football stage, the Ducks most likely wouldn't have to travel cross-country to play the Panthers.
The strength of schedule argument can be thrown away on this one, but a team with a formidable spread offense against a high-octane Oregon offense could make for good TV.
Plus, who wouldn't want to visit Honolulu in mid September? Hypothetically speaking for the fans who could afford the travel expenses, that would make for one hell of a weekend.
Just imagine the possibilities of a Chip Kelly spread offense and a Bobby Petrino offense playing in the same game.
In what would be a shootout, the Ducks could find themselves playing one of the better teams in the SEC without beating their whole team up against a yearly contender such as Florida.
With TCU amidst college football's 10 best teams after its Rose Bowl victory in January, this would be a mouthwatering matchup for any college football fan.
SOS has to be taken into consideration here, in addition to financial gain for both schools.
A college football powerhouse in the Ducks versus a near-the-summit team in TCU would almost guarantee nationally televised, prime time game that could see the Ducks score big time.
In terms of pure athleticism, a battle between these two schools would see some of the best—if not the very best—athletes in all of college football line up against each other for 60 minutes.
With new head coach Al Golden at the helm, the Hurricanes could find themselves in the AP Top 25 in a few years to come, which would prove a great matchup for the Ducks.
Yet another traditional spread offense team, the Mizzou Tigers would also work for the Oregon Ducks in the future.
The Tigers have been to bowl games seven of the past eight seasons and would prove to be formidable opponents.
An annual Big 12 contender, Mizzou would increase strength of schedule but wouldn't completely overwhelm the Ducks either.
Ohio State would be a great...
...oh yeah, never mind.
Scheduling a Big Ten counterpart in years to come would serve the Ducks well.
Contenders such asWisconsin or Iowa in the middle of September would take a toll physically on the Ducks—a Penn State or Michigan would bode much better.
If, in the near future, the Ducks find themselves playing for a Rose Bowl championship, it would play in their favor if they knew how to match up against a Big Ten team.
The high-paced spread offense of Oregon is the polar opposite of the slow, physical nature of the Big Ten, but having experienced a team that can compete in its respective conference would only help them if the aforementioned situation came about.
I hate to be "that guy" and bring it up, but Oregon fans, hear me out.
How great would it be to have the chance to win revenge on Boise State after the season opener two years ago?
Plus, whether fans like it or not, Boise State is gaining national momentum as an annual BCS bowl contender. This would not only strengthen the Ducks' out-of-conference schedule but could also postpone the Boise State national championship argument for yet another year.
Just in case, LeGarrette Blount should be given a sideline pass for the game.