EUGENE – As the only team without consecutive road games in Pac-12, Oregon will alternate between home and away when it opens conference play against Arizona on September 25.
Two-time reigning Pac-12 champion UO is among nine conference teams that will play a game Friday night, and Cal will visit Autzen Stadium on October 15 after the Ducks and Bears left. an open house week.
“There are some benefits, of course, the bye weeks are critical for you to recover, get out there and be part of your recruiting,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said on Pac-12 radio and Pac-12 Network Tuesday. “If there are any Saturday recruiting opportunities after a Friday game, that’s helpful too, but also the benefit of having an extra day before going on the road (at UCLA on Oct. 23). If you look at the second half of our show, it’s a series of shots at home and away. It’s really balanced and I think that extra day will be very welcome during that time and we will use it wisely. “
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The Pac-12 finally announced its 2021 conference schedule on Tuesday, the ninth FBS league to do so. Opponents and locations have already been established alongside non-conference games, including the 9/11 trip to Ohio State.
“I think naturally when you’re a ballplayer and you see something like that on your schedule, your eyes tend to wander a bit in that direction,” said Cristóbal. “But it won’t take long to realize that we are playing a great Fresno State team right away (Sept. 4). Our boys know many players of that football, they know the proud history and the accolades that this program has acquired over the years. We will have no trouble concentrating.
“On top of that, we have to improve and we have a lot of talented young people, who are either coming off an injury or just coming to campus and ready to roll, to join the guys who have been here for a while. We know we have a good soccer team. We can’t wait to get padded and get down to business and do our thing. “
Ohio State, which opens the season in Minnesota on September 2, begins spring practice on March 19 and will have its spring game on April 17.
Typically, Oregon would open spring practice this week and have five practices before winter quarter finals and spring break. UO hasn’t announced when spring practice will open, but with the draft deadline extended through May and additional signers on track to sign up for the spring quarter, the Ducks are expected to wait at least until the end of this month.
“I think you’re going to really like the way these guys look coming out the door, for spring practice and spring game,” Cristobal said. “The mindset is exactly where it should be. He’s hungry, he’s driven. Their bodies are developing. “