The Pac-12’s road map to the College Football Playoff goes through Seattle.
Oregon moved up one spot to No. 11 in this week’s Associated Press poll after overcoming a 14-point deficit in a 35-31 victory over rival Washington on Saturday at Husky Stadium.
The Ducks (6-1, 4-0) are in complete control of the North Division with Civil War rival Oregon State in second place with a 2-2 conference record.
The best-case scenario for the Pac-12 to be seriously considered by the playoff selection committee at the end of the season would be for a one-loss Oregon to face a one-loss Utah in the title game on Dec. 6 in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Utes (6-1, 3-1), who moved up to No. 12 after a 21-3 win over Arizona State, play Washington in Seattle on Nov. 2.
The Sun Devils (5-2, 2-2) are the only other Pac-12 team in the rankings at No. 24 in the AP poll.
The teams ahead of the Ducks are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 6 Penn State, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 9 Auburn and No. 10 Georgia.
Wisconsin plummeted from No. 6 to No. 13 after a 24-23 loss at Illinois.
The Ducks, who are also No. 11 in this week’s coaches poll, host Washington State on Saturday at Autzen Stadium (7:30 p.m., ESPN).