Creature Vs. Creature: Why Oregon Should Be Ranked Higher Than Iowa

Caleb M.Analyst INovember 14, 2009

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks in action during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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So, as we know, Oregon lost to Stanford this last weekend. Ridiculous. I actually threw my food at the TV. It was a pathetic loss. Oregon, one of the hottest teams in the nation, went down to an unranked conference team—after beating USC. 

What some people—in their focusing on the Ducks' failure—overlooked, is Iowa's loss. 

The Hawkeyes also lost to an unranked, conference team as well in Northwestern.

And the fact is, both should have been steamrolled by the top-10 teams, Oregon and Iowa. But they didn't.

Northwestern is, let's face it, worse than Stanford. Let's check out each team, and see who's more impressive, and deserves the higher ranking.


Stanford and Oregon

Stanford is a dark horse in the Pac-10. With all the talk of the Ducks, the Trojans, then Arizona getting some of the spotlight...people have forgotten about Stanford until last weekend. 

Gerhart is the second best running back in the nation right now. Andrew Luck is proving himself as one of the best freshman quarterbacks and sits at fifth place in the Freshman Watch List

Stanford barely lost to Oregon State and Arizona—both great Pac-10 teams. Then they finally broke out in a big win against Oregon.

Stanford also killed Washington, UCLA, and Arizona State.

Oregon, has been on the up-and-up ever since losing to Boise State. They beat Utah, a team now contending for BCS recognition. They also creamed Cal (then ranked No. 6), as well as punishing top ten team USC by 27 points.

They got upset in California to Stanford and suddenly everyone is against them. The Ducks looked bad out there, but Stanford has been getting top 25 votes nearly the whole year. Stanford's a good team, as much as I hate to admit it.

Why so much hate for the Ducks? They're still a decent football team, the best in the Pac-10. 


Northwestern and Iowa

Northwestern is a disappointing program this year. Their out of conference games included Eastern Michigan, Towson, and Miami Ohio. All three either FCS, or bad FBS teams. 

Has anyone even heard of Towson before? I didn't think so. Northwestern even almost lost to East Michigan, barely winning 27-24. 

Northwestern also just barely edged out Indiana 29-28, and lost a close one to Michigan State.

Iowa hasn't been a picnic either. They were No. 3 at one point, with national championship hopes! But Iowa barely beat Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan, and FCS team Northern Iowa. 

Impressive football, fun to watch? Sure. Better than the Ducks? Not by a long shot.

Oregon could beat Iowa should they meet in the Rose Bowl. But with Ohio State looking like they're going to win the game, it doesn't seem they'll be playing each other any time soon.

Iowa pulled out some wins with luck, and the refs on their side. Oregon has won with an outstanding option offense, and a shutdown defense missing it's stars. 


Bottom Line

Oregon is more impressive than Iowa. Oregon lost to a top 10 team, and a ranked conference team. 

Iowa lost to an unranked team, one that doesn't even receive any votes after beating Iowa. The Hawkeyes haven't been impressive all year, and Oregon deserves a higher ranking.

Iowa barely wins most of their games. Now, true, a win is a win. But Oregon punishes teams. They got cocky, and lost a conference game. But don't let that distract you from how good they are. 


Be sure to check out Tim Weideman's article on why Iowa should be ranked higher than Oregon.