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After letting their foot off the throttle last week in Tempe, the Oregon Ducks had no idea what impact it would have on their BCS standing. Head coach Chip Kelly and his Ducks scored 43 points against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the first half last week, and Kelly allowed his starters to sit the second half.
As a result, the Ducks didn't score in the second half, and the final score of 43-21 looked a lot closer than the game really was. When the BCS rankings came out and Oregon dropped from the No. 3 spot to No. 4, the Ducks were going to make a statement against the Colorado Buffaloes.
The Ducks came out running on all cylinders and scored 56 points in the first half, added another 14 in the third quarter for good measure and put an exclamation point on the statement with a 70-14 victory. Unfortunately, the BCS computers didn't think their victory over a one-win team, no matter how monumental, was enough to move them up in the rankings.
Oregon still has some tough games left to play this year, traveling to L.A. to face the No.17 USC Trojans this weekend and finishing up the season in Corvallis for the Civil War against the No. 11 Oregon St. Beavers. Prior to that, they travel to play Cal and host the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal in their final home game on November 17.
With the speed and dominance of this Oregon team, I see them playing Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship, making a return trip to the National Championship game and bringing home the title to Eugene.