Oregon Football: UCLA Win, Showdown at Stanford Will Be Enough to Stay at No. 2
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There wasn't much suspense heading into the release of the second BCS poll of the season. After being No. 3 last week, the Oregon Ducks surpassed Florida State to move into the No. 2 spot in this week's poll.
The two teams were separated by just .003 points in the initial BCS poll. Were the Ducks to beat a Top 25 team, they could be expected to overtake the Seminoles no matter what Florida State did on the field.
Meanwhile, Oregon's standing with the BCS computers improved on the strength of a 42-14 win over No. 20 UCLA. After trailing by a slight margin last week, Oregon not only jumped the Seminoles but established a sizable gap between it and Florida State.
|Last week||BCS||Harris Poll||Coaches Poll||Computers||Next Game|
|No. 2 Florida State||.9348||No. 3 (2,401)||No. 3 (1,410)||No. 1 (.980)|
|No. 3 Oregon||.9320||No. 2 (2,520)||No. 2 (1,482)||No. 4 (.880)|
|No. 2 Oregon||.9517||No. 2 (2,492)||No. 2 (1,483)||No. 2 (.9400)||@ No. 5 Stanford (Nov. 7)|
|No. 3 Florida State||.9211||No. 3 (2,386)||No. 3 (1.419)||No. 3 (.9300)||vs. No. 7 Miami (Fla.) Saturday|
The biggest jump would likely occur in two weeks as Oregon takes on No. 5 Stanford in a nationally televised Thursday night battle. The game, which will likely determine the Pac-12 North champion is the second of a rare Thursday night doubleheader that will feature four Top 10 teams.
|No. 2 Oregon||No. 3 Florida State|
|Nov. 2||Bye||vs. No. 7 Miami (Fla.)|
|Nov. 7||@ No. 5 Stanford||N/A|
|Nov. 9||N/A||@ Wake Forest (4-4|
|Nov. 16||vs. Utah (4-4)||vs. Syracuse (3-4)|
|Nov. 23||@ Arizona (5-2)||vs. Idaho (1-7)|
|Nov. 30||vs. Oregon State (6-2)||@ Florida (4-3)|
|Pac-12/ACC Championship game's possible opponents||No. 20 UCLA (5-2) or Arizona State (5-2)||Miami (Fla) 7-0 or Virginia Tech 6-2|
Before the No. 2 Ducks and the No. 5 Cardinal hit the field, No. 10 Oklahoma will travel to No. 6 Baylor in a game that could shake up the BCS standings. By the time the Saturday games happen, the BCS will have already been heavily impacted by Thursday's results.
On the heels of a blowout win over then No. 12 UCLA, it won't matter what goes on at every other spot in the rankings if the Ducks can beat the Cardinal.
A November road win at the No. 5 team in the country, coupled with a Pac-12 Championship Game win over a ranked foe, would keep the Ducks among the top two in the only BCS standings that matter.
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