Oregon Ducks Headline BlogPoll Top 25 Heading into Week 9

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IOctober 27, 2010

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 21:  The Oregon Duck mascot is lifted into the crowd during the game against the UCLA Bruins  on October 21, 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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1Oregon7-0159at (22) USC
2Auburn8-0324at Mississippi
3Boise State6-0469v. Lou. Tech (10/26)
5TCU8-0662at UNLV
6Michigan State8-0865at (20) Iowa
7Missouri7-01630at (10) Nebraska
10Nebraska6-11241v. (7) Missouri
11Ohio State7-11172at Minnesota
12Stanford6-11029at Washington
13Oklahoma6-1212v. Colorado
14Florida State6-11367at NC State (10/28)
15Utah7-014113at Air Force
16Arizona6-11727AY UCLA
17South Carolina5-21922V. Tennessee
18Arkansas5-22031v. Vanderbilt
19Virginia Tech6-22180IDLE
20Iowa5-21843v. (6) Michigan State
21Miami5-22316at Virginia
22USC5-22419v. (1) Oregon
23Oklahoma State6-11561at Kansas State
24Michigan5-2NR64at Penn State
25Mississippi State6-2NR50v. Kentucky


Ohio State scenarios

Ohio State did what most expected: destroy a Purdue team whose only notable win was at Northwestern.  They rolled up over 400 yards of offense in the first half, while holding the Boilermakers under 100 yards until very late in the game. 

Still, that was not enough to advance.  Missouri and Nebraska each posted more compelling victories and deserve to leap the Buckeyes.  OSU is in no jeopardy of falling at the moment and will surely end up in the Top 10 if they win out.  Until that happens, however, they will remain neighbors with the teens.



Oregon travels all the way down the left coast to take on USC this weekend.  Oddly, win or lose, the Ducks are likely to remain the highest ranked in the Pac 10.  The next closest team is Stanford, whom Oregon routed only three weeks ago.  

They may remain the top ranked team in the polls but a loss is likely to create a four-way tie in the conference with the Trojans lurking only one game back.


This poll brought to you by the number two

Ten of the 25 teams in this week’s poll either moved up or down by two places.  So, consider this past week a minor shuffle.


Going down

Recent ‘going up’ candidate made it clear I have no idea what I am talking about.  Promptly on the heels of its victory in Lincoln, the Longhorns laid an egg against the worst team in the Big 12.  Way to go.