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Oregon Still Has Rose Bowl Hopes After Loss To USC

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Following the lead of pragmatic coach Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks quickly put their loss to USC behind them and looked forward to the finale against Oregon State.

Any chance of a repeat appearance in the BCS championship game is gone, but the Ducks still need a victory in the annual Civil War rivalry game to clinch the Pac-12 North and host the league’s inaugural championship game.

A victory there, and it’s on to the Rose Bowl.

“Our plan and what has made us so successful in the last couple of years doesn’t change,” Kelly said following a 38-35 loss to the Trojans on Saturday night.

As a result, Oregon (9-2, 7-1) fell five spots in the AP Top 25, from fourth to ninth.

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