- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Oregon's home loss to Stanford dropped the Ducks to No. 5 in the BCS standings.
Notre Dame is No. 1, Alabama is No. 2 and Georgia is No. 3.
That means if Notre Dame beats USC on Saturday, it almost certainly will play the SEC champion for the national championship.
If Notre Dame loses, however, things could get interesting.
Oregon is fourth in both national polls, but it it seventh with the computers, which is why it is ranked behind No. 4 Florida.
But if Oregon beats Oregon State on Saturday -- the Beavers are No. 15 in the BCS standings -- and No. 8 Stanford loses at No. 17 UCLA, the Ducks would get another quality foe in the Bruins in the Pac-12 championship game.
It's possible the Ducks could perk up enough in the BCS standings to earn a berth opposite the SEC champion, if, again, Notre Dame loses.
Further, the Pac-12 is doing well in the BCS standings overall, if not the polls.
Six Pac-12 teams are in the BCS top-25. Arizona is No. 24 and Washington is No. 25.
So imagine this: If Arizona beats Arizona State and Washington beats Washington State, both on Friday. That would be two more top-25 wins for Oregon. Toss in Oregon State and UCLA, and USC's perk after beating Notre Dame, and that could swing the computers the Ducks way.
Of course, that's a lot of stuff.
The point: Oregon isn't dead yet.
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