The start of Dan Lanning’s second season at Oregon will be far less conspicuous than his first.
The Ducks’ 2023 football schedule was announced Wednesday by the Pac-12 and includes seven games at Autzen Stadium, beginning with the season-opener on Sept. 2 against Portland State.
Last season Lanning made his head coaching debut in a nationally televised game against his former team — the now two-time defending College Football Playoff champion Georgia Bulldogs. Oregon lost that game but went on to have a 10-3 season, including a victory against North Carolina in the Holiday Bowl.
Though the FCS Vikings won’t draw the type of fanfare and media hype as the game against the Bulldogs, Oregon has plenty of intriguing matchups to look forward to on its schedule.
The conference season will open at home against Colorado on Sept. 23 in what will be the first Pac-12 game for the Buffaloes under new coach Deion Sanders.
On Nov. 11, the Ducks will host USC and 2022 Heisman Trophy winner quarterback Caleb Williams in what could be a consequential late-season game.
Oregon State will also play at Autzen Stadium on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The Ducks’ other home games are against Hawaii (Sept. 16), Washington State (Oct. 21) and California (Nov. 4).
Their Pac-12 road games are at Stanford (Sept. 30), Washington (Oct. 14), Utah (Oct. 28) and Arizona State (Nov. 18), which is now coached by former Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham.
Oregon won’t play Arizona or UCLA in 2023.
The Ducks’ nonconference schedule also includes a road trip to Texas Tech on Sept. 9 where Oregon is likely to face off against former starting quarterback Tyler Shough.
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2023 Oregon Football Schedule
- Sept. 2 – Portland State
- Sept. 9 – at Texas Tech
- Sept. 16 – Hawaii
- Sept. 23 – Colorado
- Sept. 30 – at Stanford
- Oct. 7 – BYE
- Oct. 14 – at Washington
- Oct. 21 – Washington State
- Oct. 28 – at Utah
- Nov. 4 – California
- Nov. 11 – USC
- Nov. 18 – at Arizona State
- Nov. 24 (Fri.) – Oregon State