- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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See, Oregon fans. All that huffing and puffing was for nothing. The computers love you! They really, really do.
The Ducks took care of business against UCLA and now sit at that all-important No. 2 spot in the BCS standings. If Oregon wins out, it will play in the BCS title game. But November has a funny way of messing with the “ifs.”
As expected, Alabama retained the top spot and is a consensus No. 1, holding first place in the Harris Poll, the USA Today poll and the computer rankings for an average of .9937.
The Ducks enjoyed a nice spike with their 42-14 win over the Bruins. They not only jumped Florida State, which dropped from second to third, but they also distanced themselves, moving up from an average of .9320 last week to .9517. The Ducks rank second in both polls and the computer average.
Florida State is squarely in third at .9211, followed by Ohio State at fourth with an average of .8840.
Stanford, which was No. 6 last week, moved up to No. 5 after its win at Oregon State and Missouri’s overtime loss to South Carolina. The Cardinal are well behind FSU and Ohio State (.7918) but still have games against No. 2 Oregon and No. 25 Notre Dame that could propel them.
UCLA slipped from No. 12 to 20th following its second straight loss. Oregon State, which was 25th last week, fell from the rankings after losing at home to Stanford.
The takeaway this week is what it is every week until the final standings are in place -- just keep winning. If Oregon beats Stanford in 11 days, it will strengthen its foothold. The Cardinal will need help from someone else to knock off one of the undefeated teams ahead of them. Of course, they can help their cause by beating Oregon, which would inject a healthy dose of chaos into the calculations.
18hSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information