It’s Likely The Big Ten Will Add Oregon: REPORT

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It sounds like there’s a very good chance the Oregon Ducks eventually land in the Big Ten.

After speculation for months about whether or not the Ducks would follow USC and UCLA to the B1G, representatives from the two sides recently met to discuss the topic of Oregon potentially fleeing the PAC-12 for greener pastures in the powerhouse athletic conference.

Will Oregon join the Big Ten? (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Now, it sounds like there’s a good chance fans will eventually see Oregon battling in conference games against Big Ten powers.

“I’m fairly confident they will do that,” Brett McMurphy said on WJOX 94.5 when discussing the Big Ten potentially accepting the Ducks.

“This is all due process when schools are switching to other leagues,” McMurphy further added.

It’s worth noting Oregon’s AD and president and B1G commissioner Kevin Warren weren’t in the early meetings between the two sides, but as McMurphy pointed out, that’s not a cause for concern.

The situation just hasn’t gotten there yet as Oregon works “their way up the food chain.”

Oregon is having conversations with the Big Ten? (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

If Oregon does officially jump ship for the Big Ten, the PAC-12 is in serious trouble. As I’ve speculated before, the only thing holding the conference together at this point is Washington and Oregon holding steady.

Once one or both of those programs leave, the race will be on for the lifeboats. Schools will be scrambling for safe landing spot as the PAC-12 breaks up, and many of them will likely end up in the Big 12 as the premier teams go to the Big Ten.

Will Oregon leave the PAC-12? (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Once the first domino falls, fans will almost certainly see the PAC-12 collapse in a very short period of time.

We’re in a truly unprecedented era of college football, and anyone who says with complete certainty they know what is going to happen is lying or delusional.

Speculation swirls around Oregon’s future. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

All we know right now is Oregon and the Big Ten are having serious conversations, and that should have the rest of the PAC-12 panicking.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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  1. While “What will ND do?” is still THE QUESTION …. An Oregon flip automatically causes a U Dub flip which shuts off Life Support to the Pac-WhatsLeft … which creates a mass exodus of the “WhatsLeft” to the Big12++++ …. which creates the 3rd MegaConference … which ultimately leaves The ACC as a glorified GangOfFive NotPower contingent. ………. YEEEEEE HAA!

    • If the leftovers from the Pac-whoop-tee-doo and the Big-whatever join up, that is hardly a megaconference. It would just be a whole lot of teams that have either never won anything of note or certainly haven’t recently. The schools that don’t go to the BigTen (can we please change the name already?) would be better off begging the SEC or ACC for admission.

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