Oregon has 12 scholarship players who can officially redshirt this year after playing in two or fewer games so far on the season.
The NCAA enacted a rule last season allowing players who compete in four games or fewer to redshirt and Oregon has 16 players who currently fall into that category with two games remaining on the schedule.
Offensive tackle Steven Jones is the only Duck with a redshirt season available who has met the four-game criteria. Head coach Mario Cristobal has said that Jones remains available if necessary, but the Ducks expect him to save a year of eligibility and be a redshirt sophomore next season.
True freshmen defensive tackles Keyon Ware-Hudson and Kristian Williams have each played in three games along with running back Sean Dollars. Each of those three could play in the Pac-12 championship game against Utah on Friday or Oregon’s bowl game and still be a redshirt freshman next season.
Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, a junior-college transfer, and Jonah Tauanu’u, a true freshman, have both played in two games on the offensive line to preserve a year of eligibility. Cornerback Trikweze Bridges, tight end Patrick Herbert, and defensive tackle Sua’ava Poti are all members of Oregon’s 2019 recruiting class who have secured a redshirt season by playing in one game.
Linebackers Isaac Townsend and Treven Ma’ae, receivers JR Waters and Lance Wilhoite, running back Jayvaun Wilson and quarterback Cale Millen are all true freshmen who have yet to play in a game. Punter Tom Snee, who appeared in 10 games last year as a true freshman, has not played this season and will be a redshirt sophomore next year.
Division champs by record margin
Oregon became the first school to win a Pac-12 division title by four games since the conference expanded in 2011.
The Ducks went 8-1 to win the North Division by four games ahead of California, Washington and Oregon State, which all finished 4-5 in Pac-12 play. The previous largest margin in a division came in 2014 when the Ducks went 8-1 to finish three games ahead of Stanford at 5-4.
Oregon and Utah give the Pac-12 two teams with 8-1 conference records heading into the title game for the second time in history. Washington and Colorado were both 8-1 when they faced off for the championship in 2016.
No team has gone 9-0 in Pac-12 play since the Ducks in 2010, the last season before expansion. Oregon and Utah make it 12 teams that have finished 8-1 in the conference since the divisions were formed in 2011.
CFP rankings have Utah as first out
Oregon moved up one spot to No. 13 in the College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday. Utah also moved up one spot to No. 5.
Ohio State will go into championship weekend as the top team in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings, followed by LSU, Clemson and Georgia.
Oklahoma was sixth and Baylor seventh in the committee’s second-to-last top 25. Wisconsin was eighth, followed by Florida and Penn State rounding out the top 10. Alabama was 12th, its lowest ranking in the six years of the committee rankings.
The final rankings will be released Sunday morning and the Utes are in position to move into the playoff with a win over the Ducks and a loss by Georgia to LSU in the Southeastern Conference title game on Saturday. However, Oklahoma and Baylor face off in the Big 12 title game Saturday and the winner could jump ahead of the Utes even if they defeat the Ducks.