Oregon Football: Why Ducks Are Most Underrated Team in College Football

Bobby KittredgeContributor IIIOctober 29, 2012

Kenjon Barner has averaged well over six yards per carry for the Ducks not only this season, but for his entire career.
Kenjon Barner has averaged well over six yards per carry for the Ducks not only this season, but for his entire career.Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

At No. 4 in the Week 10 BCS standings, there's really only one way the Oregon Ducks can be feeling: disrespected. 

The Pac-12 powerhouse is undefeated and totally redefining the word "offense." After dropping 70 points on Colorado on Saturday, the Ducks are averaging 53.4 points per game, more than any other team. They have yet to score less than 42 points in a game.

The Ducks have taken care of two Top 25 opponents, including a 49-0 shutout of Arizona, a team that is still ranked No. 22 after knocking off USC on Saturday. 

And yet, despite winning every game in dominating fashion, Oregon must sit back and watch other teams jump over it in the rankings. Questionably placed behind Florida in the first BCS rankings of the year, the Ducks were jumped by Kansas State in Week 9 and now Notre Dame in Week 10. After winning two games by a combined 78 points, Oregon has actually fallen a spot in the standings, making it the most underrated team in college football.

The thing is, it's not like the Ducks are unproven or a surprise story with their shot to run the table. Oregon lost a tightly contested Rose Bowl in 2010, an even tighter BCS National Championship in 2011 and won the Rose Bowl in 2012. This team has been among the best in the country for a while now, and this year's edition might be the best of them all. 

Oregon is the easy No. 2 in the AP Top 25, the USA Today Coaches' Poll and ESPN.com's Power Rankings. Only in the BCS standings do the Ducks not get the respect they deserve. 

Fortunately, Oregon still has ample opportunity to convince the country of its power—the Ducks' final four games feature three Top 25 opponents in USC, Stanford and Oregon State. If Oregon runs the table, it will have beaten five ranked opponents in its 12 games.

If that's somehow not enough to give Oregon a berth in the BCS National Championship game, it will be a travesty. The Ducks have the best offense in the country, an offense that doesn't have bad days. This Oregon team—in combination with the success of the three teams before it—deserves a shot in the title game if it doesn't falter down the stretch, regardless of what the other teams atop the current BCS standings do.

The Ducks are the most underrated team in college football in Week 10. Nobody in Oregon will mind, however, as long as they get the respect they deserve at the end of the season.