Love is in the air.
OK, maybe it's not the typical September to December romance you had in college, but it's close. You see Boise State and Oregon need each other more than Steve Spurrier needs a visor, more than Mack Brown needs to whine and more than Pete Carroll needs arrogance.
Ducks and Broncos typically don't get together like this. In fact, wasn't it just about a month ago that the BCS-busters from Boise pulled out the Ducks' collective feathers during a 19-8 win on the blue turf? An ugly game that 'featured' Oregon attaining 152yds of total offense, six first downs and a post-game TKO that ended with Duck RB LaGarette Blount knocking out Boise's Byron Hout all but ended the Ducks' season on opening night. Or so we thought.
Since that night, the Broncos have gone 5-0 and risen to #4 in the first BCS rankings released this week. Meanwhile, Oregon has also gone undefeated beating two ranked teams, Utah and Cal, by a combined score of 73-27, and now stands at #11 in the BCS.
For either of these teams to have any pillow talk of Pasadena, a lot has to happen to be sure. But the only thing both squads can control is themselves: they need each other to win out and then hope that some calamities occur ahead of them in the rankings.
The more Boise wins, the stronger the Oregon schedule. The more Oregon wins, particularly if they beat USC in Autzen Stadium on Halloween, the stronger Boise gets by way of their win.
Win out and one will be the Pac-10 champion, the other the WAC champion.
Destined for a Pasadena rematch? The answer is blowin' in the wind.