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On September 3rd, the first game of the season for the Ducks will be against the LSU Tigers in Arlington, Texas. Although it is on a neutral field, Arlington is significantly closer to Baton Rouge than Eugene, Oregon, about 1,500 miles closer, actually.
You can expect more LSU fans than Oregon fans at the game.
The Ducks next tough game won’t be until November 5th, when Oregon travels to Washington University. The next week the Ducks play at Stanford against Andrew Luck, which makes Oregon playing two difficult road games in back-to-back weeks.
After those games, USC and Oregon State come to Eugene to finish out the season.
Even if Oregon loses to LSU in the first game of the season, the Ducks are not out of the title race. In the polls, if two, one-loss teams are competing for a higher spot, the team that lost last is ranked lower in the polls.
If the Ducks win every game including LSU, then making it to the BCS Championship game will be a lock, but even if they lose to LSU and then go on and beat every other opponent, Oregon still has a good chance of making it to the title game.
Every game outside of LSU the Ducks are clear favorites. The Ducks could not have asked for a better schedule in 2011.