The Oregon vs. Arizona game on Friday night is a major obstacle for the Ducks’ run at an undefeated Pac-10 season. The BCS National Championship Game is also on their minds, as a win over the highly ranked Arizona Wild Cats would most likely put them into the title game against one of the other teams atop the BCS standings.
Oregon can clinch the Pac-10 Conference championship Friday with a win over Arizona, despite having one more game against rival Oregon State to wrap up their regular season schedule. The reason they can clinch it tonight is that they own the tie-breaker over second-place Stanford, having beaten them earlier in the season. That game took place back on Oct. 2, where Oregon pulled away in the end for a 52-31 win. That is the only loss that Stanford and highly rated quarterback Andrew Luck had in 2010.
The Oregon vs. Arizona game is not just important because it will extend the winning streak for the Ducks, but because Arizona is now ranked No. 21 overall. Oregon needs to beat another highly rated team in order to help their strength of schedule, as their non-conference schedule has started to look pretty weak. They did beat SEC team Tennessee, but the Vols have really fallen off this year, making that win less valuable when it comes to the computer rankings.
LaMichael James will be on the big stage Friday night, as this game will get national coverage from ESPN. He is in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy this year, racking up 1,422 rushing yards in just nine games. He also has 18 touchdowns to go along with that, and is ranked amongst the best in all of college football. If he can finish with two big games and then a nice showing in Oregon’s bowl game, he could definitely flirt with 2,000 total rushing yards for the season.
The Oregon vs. Arizona game will kick off at 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) on ESPN Friday, Nov. 26. It is sure to be one of the biggest games of the weekend, with Oregon looking to win the Pac-10 title in front of their home crowd. If they win this game, they also need to do it in big fashion, as they want to make sure the voters pay attention to them and not just the Auburn vs. Alabama or Boise State vs. Nevada games that are also playing out on Friday.