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EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 18: Running back Andres Reed #32 of the Oregon Ducks breaks away for a good gain in the 4th quarter of the game against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon won the game 69-0.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Willie McDuffyContributor IOctober 1, 2010

  If Oregon beats Stanford in this weekend's most anticipated game, should they leap frog Boise State in the polls? This is a debate that is starting to make noise across the country as these two teams gear up for what should be an entertaining battle.  Stanford's coming into Saturday's game at Oregon having won with ease this season, at times looking bored in lopsided victories.  Oregon on the other hand has steam rolled most opponents with its prolific offense. What intrigues most is both teams struggled last weekend against average opponents, how they rebound should be interesting.  Who will remain undefeated after this game is any ones guess.  Rationale would tell us Oregon wins.

We can go back and forth on who will win, but if Oregon wins should they pass Boise State in the polls?  The answer is NO.  It is too early in the season to have Boise State passed up for not losing.  Now this doesn't mean down the road if Oregon keeps winning in Pac-10 play that this can't be achieved.  But for now it's premature to reward Oregon without knowing how good Stanford really is.  If Stanford runs the table after a loss to Oregon, then this could be advantageous to Oregon's case of bypassing Boise State.  Until we get a definitive feel for Stanford and other upcoming opponents Oregon plays, one should allow Boise State to stay atop the polls. It is too early in a season that should have many unpredictable outcomes to make this massive move in the polls. It will come, but why not let Boise State relish this feeling. One that may not come again for quite some time.  Boise State will not finish in the top three at season's end devastating a state with more hope than you know who. Besides what else do they have to cheer for in Idaho other than potatoes growing.  Why not let them stay ecstatic for a couple more weeks before Boise State becomes wrapped in irrelevance due to insecurities.

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