BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Just a few years ago, Oregon and California appeared to be on parallel paths as up-and-coming programs seeking to challenge Southern California's dominance on the West Coast.
Oh, how things have changed.
The teams head into Saturday night's meeting in Berkeley on starkly divergent journeys. The Golden Bears (3-7, 2-5 Pac-12) are staggering to the finish of another disappointing season, assured of missing a bowl game for the second time in three years.
The second-ranked Ducks (9-0, 6-0) are once again in position to complete a perfect regular season and make it back to the national championship game for the second time in three seasons.