What the First BCS Standings Mean for the Oregon Ducks

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BCS National Championship Trophy
BCS National Championship Trophy | (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Dear Ducks Fans,

Take three deep breaths. Then maybe a few more. With it being week nine of the college football season, the first BCS standings are out and chants of “#$%& the BCS” are echoing around Eugene.

BCS Rankings: Week 9

BCS Standings
BCS Standings | (ESPN.com)

The Oregon Ducks come it at No. 3, just .0028 behind the Florida State Seminoles who gained ground following a 51-14 win over the Clemson Tigers.

Seeing the Ducks behind FSU should come as no surprise. Oregon’s two most impressive wins are over a Washington team spiraling out of control and Tennessee. The Volunteers, however, at 4-3 continue to make the Ducks’ win look more and more impressive after knocking off the South Carolina Gamecocks.

For the Seminoles, their last two weeks have been wins by a combined 114-14 over then No. 25 Maryland and then No. 3 Clemson. No team is as hot as FSU and with three first place votes in the human polls they’ve done enough to just pass the Ducks… by 24/1000ths of a point.

Oregon has back-to-back showdowns coming up against No. 12 UCLA and No. 6 Stanford with a bye between them. Should the Ducks beat the Bruins, they will surge back to No. 2 and could even jump to No. 1 after Stanford if the Crimson Tide struggle against Tennessee and/or LSU – assuming, of course, Oregon wins impressively in both contests.

Point is: Oregon still controls its own destiny. If the Ducks take care of business and win out, they will be in Pasadena the second week of January with a shot at redemption.

Unless you’re a fan of chaos, you can take solace remembering we only have one more year of this system before next year’s college football playoff.

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