There was a ton of movement this week in the BCS Rankings. This was mainly due to Florida’s 17-9 loss against the Georgia Bulldogs. Because of that, Kansas State moved up from #3 to #2 and Notre Dame leaped over the Oregon Ducks to claim the #3 slot.
Just like the last two week, the BCS Rankings are going to cause even more controversy and the team in the middle of it is the Oregon Ducks.
Last week, all the talk was about the Kansas State Wildcats jumping the Ducks after their win over West Virginia (Oregon defeated Arizona State). Now, it is, without a doubt, going to be about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish jumping the Ducks after both teams won this weekend.
This past weekend, the Oregon Ducks defeated the Colorado Buffaloes by a score of 70-14. It was complete domination by Oregon as they easily cruised to get the win. On the other hand, Notre Dame played a much tougher opponent in #8 Oklahoma and only won 30-13.
This brings up the biggest thing that has been hurting the Ducks in the BCS Rankings this year, strength of schedule.
The Ducks have been winning easily so far this season, but the competition has not been very tough. So far this season, Oregon has only beaten two ranked opponents and they were ranked #22 and #23.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame has played and defeated four ranked opponents that were ranked #10, #18, #17, and #8.
Now, the Ducks do have a much anticipated conference game this upcoming week against the USC Trojans, but that game took a bit of a hit this past weekend. This is because the Trojans lost to the Arizona Wildcats and fell to #17 in the rankings.
Should Oregon be ranked higher then they are? Yes. Are they a legitimate #2 team? Yes. However, they need to show it in their last four games of the season.
In their last four games, they will play #17 USC, Cal, #14 Stanford, and #11 Oregon State. If the Ducks can beat these teams like they have beaten every other opponent so far, then they will be fine in the rankings.
Honestly, Notre Dame is just a “one hit wonder” this week in the rankings. The only reason they leaped over Oregon is because they played Oklahoma compared to Colorado.
Next week, the Ducks should go right back over the Irish and the race between the Wildcats and the Ducks will continue for #2 in the rankings.
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