Oregon was again beaten and must now wait to find out what the future holds.

On Friday, rumors about Mario Cristobal’s head coach were swirling.

The Miami Herald published hours before the game that Cristobal (a University of Miami alum) was in close proximity to signing a contract with the Hurricanes for the position of head coach.

It’s tough to overlook that as a distraction, and even analyst Kirk Herbstreit talked about it during the telecast on ABC.

Oregon seemed uninspired over four quarters. That was surprising, considering that the Ducks had just lost 38-7 to Utah only two weeks prior. The Ducks only managed 221 yards in total offense.

Anthony Brown, Oregon’s quarterback, was 23-of-24 with 147 yards passing and two interceptions. Brown was better than he had been in the second quarter of the season.

Travis Dye, the Ducks’ running back, was their best offensive player. He ran 15 times for 82 yard and scored the Ducks’ only touchdown.

These next days may prove difficult for Oregon’s football program. On Sunday, it will find its bowl destination. It is expected that the Alamo Bowl will be their choice.

The Miami Herald reports Friday that Miami may announce Cristobal its new coach as soon as Tuesday. Akron’s opening was also linked to Joe Moorhead (Ducks offensive coordinator).

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The Oregonian reports Friday that Cristobal was presented with an extension of his contract by the Ducks, and could very well sign it.

It could be a risk for the Ducks’ 2022 recruiting class which is currently ranked No. The Pac-12 is ranked No. 1. Early signing is December 15.

The Ducks had been on top of the conference since 2019, winning two straight titles, but suddenly the program seems shaky, not only because of the coaching situation, but also because they’ll have no real experience at quarterback coming back.

The week ahead is pivotal.

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Source: USAToday.com


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