On Saturday, two top-10 teams went to battle in Eugene, Oregon. Sixty minutes later, one team proved themselves to be leaps and bounds ahead of their competition.
By defeating ninth-ranked Stanford on Saturday, the Ducks proved two things. One, the Pac-10 is legit. Two, the nation's second best team may reside west of the Mississippi.
LaMichael James put his name alongside Denard Robinson in the Heisman conversation by carrying the ball 31 times for 257 yards and three touchdowns. Through four games, the speedy 5'9" sophomore has 89 carries for 712 yards (178 yards per game for those of you without a calculator on hand).
With James grabbing eight yards per carry and Darron Thomas proficiently and cautiously spreading the ball, it's no surprise the Ducks leapfrogged Boise State in the latest polls.
After pounding Stanford 52-31, the Ducks have only two remaining matchups with ranked teams; an October 30th game at USC and a November 26th contest against Arizona that could factor heavily into the Rose Bowl and National Championship picture.