BCS Rankings 2012: Breaking Down the Oregon Ducks

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BCS Rankings 2012: Breaking Down the Oregon Ducks
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Have you calmed down enough since the first BCS standings were announced to read this? If you're not quite there yet, take a deep breath. Repeat.

If you haven't yet heard, the Ducks start at No. 3, behind No. 1 Alabama, and—here's where it gets tricky (or nasty, if you are an Oregon fan)—No. 2 Florida.

Are you thinking: "Here we go again. 2001 all over. Take out the "C" in BCS and you have what it really is." For those of you not born then, Oregon finished second in the AP poll in 2001, but got passed over for the BCS National Championship game. 

Deep breath. OK, now we're ready to calmly analyze what these first BCS rankings really mean for the Oregon Ducks.

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