B1G Football: Ranking the top 5 non-conference matchups for 2021

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The Pac 12 gets a chance to prove they belong in the national conversation 

1.Oregon at Ohio State – September 11th 

The Buckeyes will play host to the Ducks in week 2 in a battle of defending conference champions.

This game feels imperative to not only Oregon, but the entire Pac 12 as this game will undoubtedly draw national interest and likely be a primetime game. Forget winning, but if the Ducks can compete in a close game, it will go a long way in the conference’s street cred to to speak.

Ohio State will be breaking in a new signal caller, likely CJ Stroud who has never thrown a pass in college, so that uncertainty could make things interesting in this one. Oregon fetaures one of the nation’s best defenses led by defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who will need to have a big night to slow down the Buckeyes offense.

Columbus will be jumping for this one, as it could be a top 10 battle at the ‘shoe’- and a chance for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes to prove they were more than just Justin Fields the last two seasons.

A blowout is definitely in play in this one, but the Ducks defense could keep them in it longer then some may expect.

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