Sunday, October 14, 2012
Oregon ranked third in first BCS standings
By Ted Miller
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Oregon was ranked third in the initial BCS standings released Sunday night, behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida.
The Ducks are No. 2 in all the major polls, but are ranked sixth by the computers. One computer poll has the Ducks 10th, which is a function of their weak early schedule.
But Oregon fans shouldn't worry. Even if Alabama and Florida remain ranked Nos. 1 and 2, they will play in the SEC title game. The loser almost certainly wouldn't have enough juice to eclipse the Ducks if they were unbeaten.
In other words, as long as Oregon keeps winning, it's in good position to play for the national title again.
Unbeaten Oregon State is eighth in the BCS standings. The Beavers are 10th in the Harris Poll and ranked 11th by the coaches but are fifth with the computers. Yes, the computers like the Beavers more than the Ducks.
The Beavers also could work their way into the mix. If they and the Ducks remain unbeaten, the would play host to Oregon on Nov. 24 for the Pac-12 North Division crown.
And yes, based on the strength of the Pac-12, an unbeaten, Pac-12 champion Oregon State team would have a good shot at playing for the title.
USC is 10th. It ranks 15th with the computers. Stanford is 20th, ranking 16th with the computers.
Kansas State is No. 4 and Notre Dame is fifth.
While it's interesting to review the standings, keep an important thing in mind: We've got a lot of football left to be played.