The Ducks’ football program has been one of the best in the nation for many years now, and that’s no secret. We’ve been in BCS Bowl games for four straight years, have had Heisman-potential athletes, and have simply dominated the realm of college football. I can’t even remember the last game that we were blown out. That’s how good we’ve been.
The AP Poll, USA Today Poll and ESPN Power Rankings have all been on our side for the past nine weeks, having us at the number two spot in the nation. But we all know what Week 9 means in college football . . . BCS Rankings! Just when you thought the whole nation felt the Ducks were at least the number two team in the nation, the BCS Rankings came out to bite us in the you-know-what.
With Florida State’s impressive win over the former number three team in the nation, they moved up to number three in every poll except for the BCS Poll, but the garbage-in garbage-out BCS computers elevated them to number two overall.
Let’s be fair. The Ducks haven’t played anyone nearly as good as what was No. 3 Clemson, and now that Stanford lost to Utah, they never will. I can admit that I’ve been sour to this day since last year’s frustrating loss to the Cardinal, and when Utah pulled the upset against them this year, I cried tears of joy.
But boy, did that sensation come crashing down a week later! It’s as though Stanford knew that because they might not be able to beat us this year, they should disturb our chances at a national championship some other way. Those geniuses may have figured out a way, a year later, to kick us out of the national championship run even if we have a perfect season.
With still some time left, the Ducks play No. 12 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford. These two teams could potentially put us over the hump and get us to No. 2 again – as most of the national pundits predict – but Florida State’s win on Saturday may still be more impressive than those two wins combined, depending upon whether Clemson reverts to its winning ways or goes all Husky on Florida State.
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, as college football is quite unpredictable, but let’s get back to reality, fans. The true tests are yet to come.
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