Why Stanford May Have Screwed Us for the Second Straight Year

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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