( MONDAY BRIEFING ) MARIO CRISTOBAL DISCUSSES ARIZONA AND OUTSIDE PLAYOFF NOISE – “The focus is on making sure that all the noise — all the external stuff — stays external”

By every account across the country, and here locally, the Oregon Ducks find themselves in a great position.

The Ducks are ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings and at No. 6 in the new AP college football poll.

Win out and the college football playoff is a significant probability.

That said, there’s still a lot of football left to play.    Three regular season games and the Pac-12 Championship on December 6th in Santa Clara.

Look past any of those however and the probability of the final four lapses into heartbreak and conversations of ‘what could’ve been.’

Which is why Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal is focused on keeping all of the playoff conversation and outside noise outside of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.

“I know everyone in the building will tell you we have yet to play our best football,” said Cristobal during Monday’s media briefing.

“And this is the time of year when you need to be playing your best football.  The focus is on making sure that all the noise — all the external stuff — stays external.”

Of course much of Monday’s conversation revolved around Arizona and the 44-15 beat down the Wildcats levied last season on the Ducks in Tucson.

“They’re both different, but they’re both really good players,” Cristobal said when asked about the Cats rotating quarterbacks of Khalil Tate and true freshman Grant Gunnell.

“Last year we didn’t do a very good job against them;,… they did a great job against us.  We understand the different threats they pose to our defense.”

Oregon takes on Arizona Saturday at Autzen Stadium at 7:30 pm.     The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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