Oregon Football: Ducks Deserved No. 2 BCS Ranking Despite Weak Schedule

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 6: Head coach Chip Kelly of the Oregon Ducks yells out to his team during the third quarter of the game against the Washington Huskies on October 6, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 52-21. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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The Oregon Ducks may not play in the SEC, but that doesn't mean the BCS should have snubbed them in the BCS rankings released on Sunday night.

Look at the top three. Does anything look wrong to you?

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Florida
3 Oregon

If nothing does, it should. Things will work themselves out before the season is over, but Oregon should still feel slighted right now.

The Ducks have only defeated two ranked opponents, and you can't exactly call Arizona and Washington strong squads. However, Oregon started the season ranked No. 5, while Florida began at No. 23.

Have the Gators really done enough to completely erase that gap and hop over their Pac-12 counterparts? Of course they haven't. Maybe they will by the end of the season, but that's not right now.

Will Muschamp's team deserves credit for knocking off LSU in The Swamp on Saturday. Other than that, the team's biggest win was against Tennessee. At the time, the Volunteers were ranked, but not now.

The Gators will have their shot to climb the rankings, with games against South Carolina, Georgia and Florida State still to come. The same can be said for Oregon, with Southern California, Stanford and Oregon State remaining.

In the end, the right team will head to the title game. That is, unless both teams miraculously win out along with No. 1 Alabama.

Oregon seems to get disrespected every year. A weak schedule to start the year isn't doing the team any favors, but there's no explanation for Florida's one big win putting them ahead of the Ducks. Not with such a major gap between the teams to start the season, at least.

This may not be an issue for long. Muschamp's team must face the Gamecocks on Saturday in a colossal SEC East battle, a game they could definitely drop.

Meanwhile, Oregon will play an overmatched Arizona State squad.

The BCS never ceases to cause controversy, and the top three on Sunday night proved to be no different.