Why Stanford May Have Screwed Us for the Second Straight Year

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Craig Strobeck

The Ducks’ football program has been one of the best in the nation for many years now, that’s no secret.  We’ve been in a BCS Bowl game for the past four 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 9 weeks, rating us at the No.2 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 No. 3 team in the nation, Clemson, they moved up in the polls to the No. 3 spot in the human polls, but No. 2 in the all-important BCS rankings.  Then, this past week, Oregon ran away from the No. 12 UCLA Bruins and reclaimed the 2-spot in the BCS.  With the Ducks and the Cardinal having a bye week, it is all too possible that Florida State will beat No. 7 Miami this coming Saturday to reclaim the revolving second spot in the BCS.

The Ducks crush UCLA at Autzen Stadium this past Saturday

Craig Strobeck

The Ducks crushed UCLA at Autzen Stadium Saturday.

Let’s be fair, the Ducks haven’t played anyone nearly as good as No. 3 Clemson, and, now that Stanford lost to Utah, it is unlikely they will.  I can admit, I’ve been sour to this day since last year’s frustrating loss to the Cardinal.  When Utah pulled the upset against them this year, I cried tears of joy.  But boy did that sensation last for a short couple of weeks.  It’s as if 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 championship run, even if we were to have a perfect season.

With the remaining time, the Ducks played and crushed then-No. 12 UCLA, and now set their sights on No. 6 Stanford.  Will wins against these two teams be enough  to put us over the hump to solidify the No. 2 slot?  Will Florida State’s win over Clemson and a win over No. 7 Miami be more impressive than Oregon’s two wins?

[Ed. note: FSU has been installed as a 3-TD favorite by the odds-makers.]

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, as college football is pretty unpredictable, but let’s get back to reality fans, the true tests have only just begun.

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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

  • zane

    Well Stanford may fall below Miami after the Ducks beat them but Oregon still has Oregon State and a Pac 12 championship. The better question is Will Alabama’s No quality wins still place them above Oregon and Florida State. At the end of the year if Alabama wins out the best team they would have played will have 3 losses, well maybe a two loss A&M. but likely wont have a top 15 team on there resume.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    WOW Who are these debbie downer’s we always have coming out on these boards. 1st Stanford hasn’t done anything too us and what we are finding out is the ACC really isn’t much better than its been in past years, as maybe FSU is the only good Team in the conference and Clemson was Over Rated like most of the SEC is this year. The Ducks are only playing their 8th Game of the season on the 6th against the 6th Ranked Team on their Home field. In reality there’s 5 Game’s left on everybodys plate’s with their conference Championship included. So the Ducks schedule will be better than FSU’s no doubt, so where are you even coming up with basically CRAP? iF THE dUCKS WIN OUT THEY WILL BE IN W/O a doubt Mr Downer. 1st though don’t get ahead of yourself they still have to beat Stanford. Alabama will still end up with a LOSS either against LSU or Auburn, or their SEC Championship, because their Conference is weak this year.

  • lol, just lol.

    Well, this article just seems silly now.