Oregon freshman quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws against Washington during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. Washington won 70-21. (AP Photo/Thomas Boyd)

Thomas Boyd

Last week: Bye

This week: at California (Friday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Comment: Gold has Oregon at No. 8! What are we going to do with him?! Oregon only didn’t stay at the bottom this week because it didn’t play. Although, Cal will certainly be a winnable game for the Ducks. Who would’ve thought that we’d be calling a midseason game against Cal a “must-win” for Oregon in the “we want to become bowl eligible” sense and not the “we want to make the College Football Playoff” one? Can’t wait for Chip Kelly to be back coaching the Ducks next year ...