The reason for the Ducks being ranked fourth has to do with the fact that the computers don't like them. Oregon averages a fifth-place ranking among the computers, while a one-loss Florida still ranks ahead of them.
The computers have the Ducks ranked fourth in two polls, fifth in four polls and eighth in one poll. As Oregon continues to win, the computers will start to like it a little more.
The Harris Poll and USA Today Poll both have the Ducks ranked second. The only real improvement they can have in those polls is if Alabama loses.
Throw in there a likely repeat matchup with USC in the Pac-12 title game and Oregon is sitting right where it wants to be.
Kansas State and Notre Dame, however, don't have as good of a schedule the rest of the way.
Looking at the schedule, the Wildcats do have a chance to make a statement, but it's nowhere near the statement Oregon can make in three of its final four games.
The space between Notre Dame and Oregon is a mere .011 points. That's nothing when it comes to the BCS standings, especially when you consider strength of schedule.
Notre Dame is going to have to get some help to make the BCS National Championship Game. Its next three games are against teams with a combined record of 10-14. That's not exactly going to play in Notre Dame's favor.
The biggest key between Oregon and Notre Dame is going to be how each performs against USC. If Notre Dame wins a close game and Oregon runs away from USC, the Ducks will get the advantage.
While it's disappointing the Ducks are ranked No. 4, Oregon fans don't need to worry. In the end it's going to work out for the Ducks.
As long as they win out, Oregon will find itself in Miami on Jan. 7, 2013.