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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

A daily update on the Fracas on the Farm

We’re going to try to supply a snippet of news, opinion or quasi-coherent rambling daily this week on the Stanford-Oregon game, which, you may have heard, is taking place Saturday on the Cardinal’s campus.

Sunday, we get an e-mail from Oregon, advising that at 6 p.m. Monday (today), tickets will go on sale to the general public — for a Pac-12 championship game Dec. 2 being hosted by Oregon.

That could be seen as being a bit presumptuous of the Ducks, who won’t be doing any such thing if they lose to Stanford Saturday. In fact, Stanford clinches the host spot merely by beating the Ducks and doing nothing more. (The undefeated Cardinal have two games after this, one against Cal, the other Notre Dame, so even losses to those teams wouldn’t undo a Stanford victory over Oregon.)

I’m a little surprised Oregon has any public-sale tickets available. But earlier, it sent a mailing to season-ticket holders and ascertained how many seats are accounted for.

Stanford is a field-goal favorite right now. But I wonder: Is Chip Kelly, the Oregon coach, superstitious?

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