- Kevin Gemmell, College Football
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No, I've been nervous lots of times.
The College Football Playoff will release its new rankings tonight, and it's a safe bet that Oregon will still be in the top four after being on bye last week. Projections have had them as high as No. 1 and as low as No. 4. If The Eliminator has anything to say about it, the Ducks are still in good shape. The Ducks are one of eight teams still listed as "in contention."
For No. 2 Oregon, the mission is now simple: Don't screw it up. The Ducks suffered November losses in each of the past three seasons that prevented them from playing for a BCS national championship. Oregon's path to the playoff isn't entirely clear -- it still has regular-season games left against Colorado on Saturday and at Oregon State for the Civil War on Nov. 29, as well as the Pac-12 championship game -- but it would be a surprise if anyone can knock off the Ducks. Since losing to Arizona 31-24 at home on Oct. 2, Oregon has scored at least 42 points in five consecutive victories.
But the Ducks aren't the only Pac-12 team still hanging around. Three others -- Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA -- remain "on the fence." The Wildcats have a tough South Division road game against Utah. The Sun Devils will look to bounce back against Washington State and UCLA and USC square off at the Rose Bowl in a rivalry game with plenty of regional and national implications.
The Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation's top receiver, announced its 10 semifinalists Monday. Almost half of the players are from the Pac-12. Here's the list:
Nelson Agholor, University of Southern California, Jr.
Amari Cooper, University of Alabama, Sr.
Rashad Greene, Florida State University, Sr.
Rashard Higgins, Colorado State University, So.
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State University, Sr.
Vince Mayle, Washington State University, RSr.
Sterling Shepard, University of Oklahoma, Jr.
Nelson Spruce, University of Colorado, Jr.
Jaelen Strong, Arizona State University, Jr.
Kevin White, West Virginia University, Sr.
The award has resided in the Pac-12 the last two seasons, after OSU's Brandin Cooks won it in 2013 and USC's Marqise Lee took it home in 2012. You can check out the receiving stats here to see how the four stack up against the competition.
Todd Graham shoulders the Oregon State loss.
Handing out grades from Cal's loss to USC.
Nelson Spruce talks about his potential NFL future.
The Beavers were named the National Team of the Week for the ASU win.
Handing out grades from Stanford's loss to Utah.
The Bruins are drowning out the renewed playoff chatter.
The video of Chris Petersen's Monday meeting with the media.
The transcript of Mike Leach's Monday news conference.
Just for fun
Must be rivalry week.
— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) November 17, 2014
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