Breaking up is hard to do: Goodbye, Washington State
As Oregon flies through its final season in the Pac-12, The I-5 Corridor pays respect to the opponents the Ducks face for the final time as conference foes.
The rivalry is with Washington — that’s what we seemingly haven’t shut up about for the last three weeks. So here, nearly a week after that game, it’s almost fitting that Washington State comes to Eugene with little pomp and circumstance.
Washington State? The Cougars gave it a go early in the year, spent a few weeks in the headlines for their spat with College GameDay and now come to Autzen a shell of where they were a month ago. Their Pac-12 race is uphill after two consecutive losses, while Cam Ward’s status in the, “Those friggin Pac-12 quarterbacks” conversation, has been muted after three interceptions in the last two games.
GameDay isn’t coming. Nor is Big Noon. And a week after being a part of the most watched game in America, the Ducks return to the 12:30 p.m. time slot to compete with Tennessee/Alabama, in a game that won’t really help them but sure as hell could hurt them.
In other words, look out. The Cougs got the Ducks right where they want them.