How Stanford May Have Screwed the Ducks for the Second Straight Year


Craig Strobeck

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.

No Love For Stanford

Craig Strobeck

No Love For Stanford

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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Dean Davis

Dean Davis

Dean Davis grew up for most of his life in the Bay Area. A huge 49er and Warrior fan. After moving to Eugene in 2010 he couldn't resist the urge to add the Ducks to his list of favorites, and is now aDuck fan for life. Dean is a Human Physiology student at the U of O who loves to play basketball and stay in shape during his free time. His favorite Duck of all time is Anthony Blake, a warrior on and off the field. You can Tweet Dean at @DeanDavisDaDuck

  • JoeyCard

    Stanford knew that because they might not be able to beat us this year??? baha….yea just like last year. We’ll see soon. Go CARD!!


    Sorry Dean, that clearly will not happen if Oregon win’s out. Clemson clearly isn’t as good as their NO.3 ranking indicated and by barely beating BC the week before. Stanford I would think beats OSU this weekend, which only benefits us by putting Stanford NO Lower than probably 4th in the rankings and i can guarantee that Stanford is a better Football Team than Clemson has proved to be. The only thing Oregon has to do a lot better is block their front 7 this year and let Marcus sit in the pocket a little more. Other than that Stanfords clearly not as good as they were last year, and Oregon has clearly taken a huge step up from last year in all phases of the Game, and Joey Card, you guys will LOSE, so I don’t understand why your Trolling here on this Duck site. We played your offense with 3 redshirt freshman D Lineman who held your Team down the whole Game, this year we will be coming down there after UCLA demise with everyone intact, So that doesn’t bode to well for the Cards Joey. Go home Joey, usually Stanford people are known for their intelligence so they wouldn’t even be on here talking crap, look at the record Joey, we’ve won more over you guy’s, 1 loss in the last like 4 or 5 Game’s.

    • Tallaman

      Stanford V Clemson would be an appealing matchup if it can be arranged during bowl season. But Clemson looked bad only because FSU made them look bad. Clemson will dominate every other game they play this season, including Wake this weekend (pity poor Wake), and South Carolina. All that to say Oregon’s (as good as they are) SOS will not be as strong as Duck fans would like and unless Bama loses Oregon will be left out, again, this time if favor of an impressive FSU team.