Oregon battles Tennessee as Pac-12 hopes to stop SEC struggles

Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

The Pac-12 has lost four-straight against the SEC, but four-straight against the Volunteers.

For the second time this season, the nation's unquestioned most-powerful conference will face off with a Pac-12 school, and this time the Pac-12 school will be at home, and a large favorite as Oregon hosts Tennessee Saturday. Washington State was almost able to win the first Pac-12/SEC match-up of the season, but came up just short at Auburn in the opening weekend. The Pac-12 has struggled with the SEC season, losing their last four match-ups and seven out of the past 10.

Strangely enough, the Pac-12's last four wins over the SEC have came against Tennessee, and baring a sizable upset in Eugene Saturday, the Ducks will make it five. Outside of games with the Volunteers, though the SEC has asserted their dominance over the Pac-12 the past 10 years, and here is a breakdown.

2013

Washington State at Auburn - Tigers 31-24 - The Cougars showed huge signs of improvement and were in the game to the final seconds, but interceptions by Connor Halliday did them in.

2012

Washington at LSU - Tigers 41-3 - The Tigers battered the Huskies in a hostile environment, completely shutting down their offense and trampling over them with their running game.

2011

Oregon vs. LSU (at Arlington, TX) - Tigers 40-27 - The Tigers were the rare team to slow down the Ducks and their offense under Chip Kelly and pulled away in the third quarter as they bottled up the Ducks' running game with their big, athletic defensive front.

2010/2011

Oregon vs. Auburn (BCS Championship Game) - Tigers 22-19 - The Ducks came close to a national championship, but gave up a strange big run late and lost on a last-second field goal.

Oregon at Tennessee - Ducks 48-13 - The Ducks sparked their BCS Championship Game run by traveling down to Knoxville, scoring 45 unanswered and mopping the floor with the Volunteers behind a balanced attack of rushing, passing, defense and special teams.

2009

LSU at Washington - Tigers 31-23 - Steve Sarkisian announced a new era of Husky football when he kept Washington within striking distance of the Tigers throughout the game in Seattle.

UCLA at Tennessee - Bruins 19-15 - Kai Forbath kicked four field goals in an ugly, ugly game that the Bruins held onto late by picking off Tennessee's Jonathan Crompton three times.

Arizona State at Georgia - Bulldogs 20-17 - A.J. Green had a huge game and blocked a late field goal to ensure that the Bulldogs didn't get upset by the Sun Devils in Athens.

2008

Georgia at Arizona State - Bulldogs 27-10 - The Bulldogs rolled into Tempe as one of the top-ranked teams in the country and looked the part as they comfortably beat the Sun Devils.

Tennessee at UCLA - Bruins 27-24 OT - The Bruins rallied late to score a huge win in Rick Neuheisel's first game as coach and got a 42-yard field goal from Forbath in overtime to get the win despite their quarterback Kevin Craft tossing four interceptions.

2007

Tennessee at Cal - Bears 45-31 - The Bears won an offensive shootout between Erik Ainge and Nate Longshore in Berkeley to open up the season and give them one of the biggest non-conference wins in program history.

2006

Washington State at Auburn - Tigers 40-14 - The Cougars kept it respectable for a while, but eventually got ran over on the ground by the Tigers.

Arizona at LSU - Tigers 43-3 - An easy win for the Tigers over a struggling Wildcats team.

Cal at Tennessee - Volunteers 35-18 - The last time the Volunteers beat a Pac-12 school, the Volunteers ran it up to 35-0 before the Bears scored some points to make the final more respectable.

USC at Arkansas - Trojans 50-14 - The Trojans, in their Pete Carroll prime, easily rolled the Razorbacks in Fayetteville.

2005

Arkansas at USC - Trojans 70-17 - The Trojans, in their Pete Carroll prime, epically rolled the Razorbacks in LA.

LSU at Arizona State - Tigers 35-31 - The Sun Devils gave up a last minute touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell to Early Doucet and cost themselves a huge opportunity for an upset behind a monster game from Sam Keller.

2004

Oregon State at LSU - Tigers 22-21 - One of the most heartbreaking losses in Pac-12 history, the Beavers nearly upset the defending national champions on the road, but three missed extra points, including one in overtime, cost them the game.

2003

LSU at Arizona - Tigers 59-13 - The Tigers have put together a lot of dominating performances against Pac-12 schools in recent years, this was one of them.

Oregon at Mississippi State - Ducks 42-34 - The Ducks jumped out to a 28-0 lead, but had to hold off a late rally from the Bulldogs.

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