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Oregon leapfrogs Florida State for second in latest BCS rankings

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The latest BCS rankings came out on Sunday and, as expected, Oregon used its 42-14 win over UCLA on Saturday to move past Florida State into second place, setting up a possible matchup with No. 1 Alabama down the road.

Of course, there’s still a lot of football to be played, but Oregon could further strengthen its position by beating Stanford on Nov. 7. The Cardinal moved up to No. 5 and are the highest-ranked one-loss team.

Alabama has a firm grip on the top spot at the moment. It was No. 1 in the Harris Poll and five out of the seven computer polls (it was second in the other two). It’s score of .9937 was well ahead of Oregon’s .9517.

Whereas last week FSU held an extremely narrow .0028 lead over the Ducks, the Seminoles (.9211) are now almost as far back from Oregon as Oregon is from ‘Bama. But Florida State can make up some ground this Saturday when it takes on No. 7 Miami.

Here’s the BCS top 10 for this week:

1. Alabama — .9937

2. Oregon — .9517

3. Florida State — .9211

4. Ohio State — .8840

5. Stanford — .7918

6. Baylor — .7645

7. Miami — .7560

8. Clemson — .6687

9. Missouri — .6096

10. Oklahoma — .6064

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73 Responses to “Oregon leapfrogs Florida State for second in latest BCS rankings”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 9:05 PM

    A flimsy #12 UCLA team? Man just do your job Stanford so this nonsense will cease. The Noles are the best team in the country and they are trying their best to screw them.

  2. shaynesm says: Oct 27, 2013 9:06 PM

    Oregon deserves it!

  3. Deb says: Oct 27, 2013 9:27 PM

    Let’s see what Miami has to say before we declare FSU the best team in the country.

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 27, 2013 9:28 PM

    Way too much football to be played.

    FSU Miami next weekend

    Stanford Oregon November 7th

    Alabama LSU November 9th

    The Iron Bowl on Rivalry weekend


  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 9:31 PM

    They’ve got nothing to say. It is the same story — you have to hope for multiple turnovers by FSU to have a chance. The 2nd best offense and 2nd best defense in the nation and it’s not flimsy on either account.

  6. normtide says: Oct 27, 2013 9:46 PM

    Lots of football left, no use in sweating just yet. Bama still has LSU, Auburn, and maybe the SEC CCG. FSU could jump back ahead with a win against Miami, especially if Miami can finish with one loss. Oregon still has Stanford, but if they win Stanford will have two losses. Oregon state needs to finish strong to help Oregon as well. Surprised to see OSU so far behind in points. Looks like two teams have to lose for them to sniff the title game. That’s really a shame. Everyone talks about the SEC rooting for each other, but it makes sense now, doesn’t it? OSU’s league mates will be what keeps them out. Really wish the playoff started this year.

  7. ezwriter69 says: Oct 27, 2013 10:06 PM

    Sagarin computer has Northern Illinois third. Gee, wonder why people don’t like the BCS system?

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 10:12 PM

    Miami would only finish with one loss if they won next week and won out, because they would likely play FSU again in the ACC Championship.

  9. jimbrashear says: Oct 27, 2013 10:23 PM

    So FSU does the sportsman thing and benches their starters after building a 35-0 lead in less than half of the first quarter to prevent scoring 100, and the BCS penalizes them for it lol. The stupid ranking system is basically asking them to outright humiliate someone. Not cool.

  10. imaduffer says: Oct 27, 2013 10:33 PM

    Sure am glad Bama has a bye week, their second team needs a rest.

  11. gborange says: Oct 27, 2013 10:55 PM


  12. normtide says: Oct 27, 2013 11:01 PM

    Did not think about Miami and FSU being in different divisions. That is a little worse for FSU. Of course, history says that at least 2 more teams will likely lose a game. Somehow. If not, I have to guess Oregon would end up second. Largely because of the past few years. They have been top 5 the last 3 or 4 years. Like it or not, the recent past plays a role in the rankings. Especially if things are close. I actually think FSU is the better all around team. On Oct 27, 2013 9:34 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > imaduffer commented: “Sure am glad Bama has a bye week, their second > team needs a rest.”

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 27, 2013 11:02 PM

    Meanwhile Oregon looks like they were up by 5 TD all game like FSU actually was, when the score was 21-14 until 12:51 remained in the FOURTH QUARTER. That’s rich.

  14. Deb says: Oct 27, 2013 11:18 PM

    Only suggesting you let the undefeateds in your conference play before you start crowning people, to paraphrase Dennis Green. But then … I don’t count unhatched chickens. To each his own. My only concern right now is LSU.

  15. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 27, 2013 11:38 PM

    jim brasher….in most of Oregon’s games, the starters have played 2 and a half quarters. doubt seriously that FSU and/or Oregon have been penalized for slowing things down. Do wish there was a playoff this yr as it appears there could be ( not counting chickens before they are hatched, Deb) 4 or so undefeated teams…or not.

  16. clostrom says: Oct 27, 2013 11:46 PM

    Jim Brashear:

    It doesn’t matter what the margin of victory is when you play UNRANKED N.C. State while Oregon plays #12 UCLA. Florida St. could have beaten them by 100 and it wouldn’t have mattered because the computers only look at quality of opponent. BTW, it’s funny that you scoff at #12 UCLA while FSU is playing the juggernaut known as NC State!

  17. clostrom says: Oct 27, 2013 11:49 PM

    MR Wright,

    Oregon would have been up by 5 TD’s as well while playing against the mighty N.C. State. Please try to maintain some semblance of objectivity

  18. Deb says: Oct 28, 2013 12:06 AM

    @crazyfootballfun …

    Just thought some folks were getting ahead of themselves :) Yes, it’s a shame the playoffs don’t start this season because I’d love to go with that top four. But … there’s still a lot of football to play and that top four could change before the season ends.

  19. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 28, 2013 12:11 AM

    that’s what worries me….dang it, we have to keep playing. :) I remember our losing to Stanford last year, and although am loving the ducks, still know that it is awfully tough to go undefeated…everybody has a bad game some time. Was kind of hoping Mariota would throw an interception–don’t want his first one to be against Stanford…or god forbid, alabama. hope our 2 teams meet in January.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 12:46 AM

    Oregon fans just can never be objective.

    Trying to use that de facto #12 UCLA team that is just average defensively, and ran about 6 plays all night that weren’t the same inside handoff out of the shotgun. UCLA is only even ranked #12 because nearly a dozen teams that were previously ahead of them lost. Average defense and awful offense as evidenced by this current stretch they are on…

    But here I am saying that Miami is not that good, definitely not #7 good… their defense is poor and their offense can put up yards and points, but turns the ball over too frequently. They’re not that good, and we shouldn’t be able to springboard off that.

    Much like Oregon definitely shouldn’t because of this flimsy #12 UCLA team which looked more like Navy or Army running the same run play all game as their game plan.

  21. duckman62 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:20 AM

    Mr. Wright,
    You quack me up! You say that UCLA isn’t that strong, and say that a Ducks fan can’t be objective, but by your own reasoning, why is FSU the better team for beating NC State? What rank are they again? How objective are you? Seriously! UCLA wasn’t handed the #12 ranking. They have slogged through the weeks just like everyone else. Maybe you think NC State should have been #12, to justify your comments, but they aren’t, and they aren’t even ranked. Strength of Schedule had Oregon #3 by .0028 last week but they UCLA win Vaulted them to .0306 ahead of FSU. Sorry, we are done taking a back seat to FSU and Miami because we have earned our spot through consistency. We got SCREWED OUT OF THE NATTY in 2001 to Nebraska who was pummeled by Miami (and went on to beat Colorado in the Holiday Bowl, who beat Nebraska TWICE that year!!!) because we were not consistant. We are the #2 team in the nation this week. Get over it and move on (or go sulk in the closet, because no one cares!).

  22. jpvan says: Oct 28, 2013 2:50 AM

    The good thing is that the false precision of the BCS ranking system is in its last year, and that an oddly skewed 1 through 10 will shake out pretty much by itself on the playing field.

    In my opinion, Florida State is the best on both sides of the ball and this is not the year for a one-loss SEC team to deny an FSU-Oregon championship game.

    BTW, if strength of schedule is so significant then Ohio State should be 8th or 9th here. They might be competitive against Missouri and Oklahoma; they’d be blown out by the other 7 teams.

  23. duckman62 says: Oct 28, 2013 3:51 AM

    I would look forward to an Oregon Vs. FSU game, almost as much as I want an Oregon Vs. Alabama game. Oregon has been SCREWED by the BCS Farce of Strength of Schedule for many years, so it is only fitting that on the last year of the BCS, they are getting their due (besides the fact that they are WALLOPING teams every week!). The Ducks have their destiny in their own hands for the first time, and don’t have to do anything but win out to finally get there on merit (I know they were in against Auburn, but we lost one game that year and had to wait for someone else to fall). Their schedule looks pretty good as far as strength of schedule goes, so they should stay put, and rightly so! Whine all you want, but for once, its in OUR HANDS, not some SILLY COMPUTERS! You “Entitled” teams can deal with the unfairness of it all like we have, for once, after all these years! Good bye and Good Riddance BCS! (giving the BCS the single finger wave goodbye!)

  24. longborer69 says: Oct 28, 2013 4:36 AM

    LOL. The biggest reason Oregon moved up so much is because Missouri was ranked ahead of them (and behind FSU) in the computers. Once Mizzou lost, it was inevitable.

    Complain all you want, but if Oregon and Alabama win out, FSU misses out. They both have more quality opponents than FSU.

    When your conference schedule includes BC, Wake, NCS, and Syracuse, if you want to win respect you’d probably do better not to include Nevada, Idaho, and Bethune Cookman on your non-conference schedule. You’d better hope Florida wins all the rest of their games until you play them, so you can have another good opponent.

  25. gborange says: Oct 28, 2013 5:42 AM

    I am SEC all the way, but there is no disputing that FSU beating the piss out of Clemson should certainly be noted. That game was never close.

  26. tyk55 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:08 AM

    Yes, Florida State showed mercy and sportsmanship saturday against NC STATE and now we are penalized because Oregon could only score 42. No matter because Stanford will take care of them Aflac Ducks .Florida State should be number one if you ask me. We are capable of scoring a hundred points a game.

  27. tyk55 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:15 AM

    Oregon Ducks would not have a prayer against Alabama whereas FSU has experience defeating them in bowl games. Anyone who underestimated a Nick Saban team is a fool.

  28. jamesparrish2013 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:43 AM

    Im tired of hearing this Oregon has the better schedule. By the end of the year Oregon will only have one ranked team on their schedule(Stanford). UCLA will do what it normaly does year in and year out which is loose down the strech, and Washington is already out of the top 25. We have two teams(other than FSU) currently in the top 10, Clemson probably won’t loose again and if all goes well Miami’s only loses(will probably play them in the CCG) will have been to us. So the ACC other than FSU would have two teams with a combined 3 loses with all three of those loses coming at the hands of FSU(#3). Your non conference is just as bad as ours but you only play three non conference games. FSU non conference winning% .483 vs Oregon non conference winning % .416. This is exactly why the BCS is an absolute joke. And don’t get me wrong O fans, if you go undefeated you should hae the right to play for the NCG, but don’t try and tell me you’re more deserving. They ought to put a committe together to install the playoff system this year. There is a good possiblilty you could have 4 or more undefeated teams at the end of the year. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  29. kansas531 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:42 AM

    I am still trying to figure out how Alabama is still #1. Both Oregon and FSU have played tougher schedules than Bama. Their best win is against and overrated 2 loss team with no defense and they just barely won that. Even if they beat LSU, that means LSU has 3 losses, and Auburn – 2 losses, their schedule is much weaker than Oregons. 3 of Bama’s wins will be against Georgia St, Colorado St and Chattanooga. Plus wins against Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee, who Oregon beat by 2 touchdowns more.

    Give me a break, talk about a cupcake schedule, and still rank #1 by everyone? Wake up

  30. jamesparrish2013 says: Oct 28, 2013 9:05 AM

    Completely agree^^^^^^^^

  31. ucla1996 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:15 AM

    FSU and Oregon are both quality teams. Was never a believer in Clemson. The ACC just does not stack up to the PAC 10 overall. Oregon’s SOS will be better and regardless… that is how the BCS will set up. While Oregon had a tough outing vs UCLA and only won by 28… FSU had a tough outing against unranked BC and won by only 14. It happens. In the end Oregon vs UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington, Utah, and probably ranked ASU (annihilating an ACC Virginia team at their place by 49 points and an SEC Tennessee by 45) will beat out FSU vs Clemson, Miami, FLorida and that’s it. We all know that Miami is a fraud. Should have lost to NC. Oregon’s opponents have quality wins as well… UCLA beating ranked Nebraska at the time on the orad… ASU beating Wisconsin, Hell Wassu was right there with Auburn, Tennessee beat South Carolina and should have beat Georgia. In the end, Oregon will have proven it just the same as FSU. Yeah… I am mad that FSU should not have played in the first BCS over UCLA! FSU is a great team and should have a shot, but the system sucks.

  32. jimbrashear says: Oct 28, 2013 10:21 AM

    Everyone talking about Oregon beating UCLA as a reason to move up, you forgot FSU beat the number 3 team in the country last week HANDILY. Also Oregon beat a #12 and a #16. FSU beat a #3 and a #23. Both have 2 top 25 wins. Lastly the computers aren’t the ones ranking FSU low. Last week the computers had them at #1… It’s the coach vote.

  33. jamesparrish2013 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:34 AM

    OSU, Wash, Utah, and ASU are not ranked. You have one ranked win so far we have 2. Sure we didn’t blow out BC, what about the 38 points that was put up on your D by WSU?? Please explain to me still how the Pac-12 is better?? you have 8 teams with +.500 records to our 7. We have 3 teams in the top 8 to your 2. And don’t come back with ASU should be ranked at the end of the season. UF could also be ranked at the end of the season when we play them but i’m not going to use that in an argument thats for sure.

  34. jamesparrish2013 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    ^^^^sorry forgot about WASH

  35. jamesparrish2013 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    and like the one comment earlier, the real question is why is Alabama getting a pass on the SOF??? two top 25 win vs. a 2 loss team and a 3 loss team, and then will play a 2 loss team in LSU next week. While FSU and O are fighting for the 2 spot Alabama has been already awarded the top seed.. B.S.

  36. ebrownwareagle says: Oct 28, 2013 10:49 AM

    Calm Down everyone and Be Patient! Oregon will STUMP there TOE like they always DO! They are not Built to win a National Championship. They are just an Exciting regular season team to watch. Nothing More. Alabama and FSU are the best teams in the nation as of Now. And they too still have some Problem Games ahead on there schedule

  37. Deb says: Oct 28, 2013 11:44 AM

    @crazyfootballfun …

    It would be interesting to see Bama and Oregon play if only to end the speculation. Right now, it’s like watching one of those television shows where the lead actors have all this burning passion they don’t act on. Everyone wonders what will happen when they finally get together LOL

  38. normtide says: Oct 28, 2013 12:16 PM

    Kansas, Bama doesn’t deserve to be top 2? I’m beginning to see why your state is behind in football. Two time defending champs. Won three of four titles. From the league that’s won seven in a row, and nine total. Really? Really! I’m not saying Bama would beat either team, or that we will even finish this race. But, saying that a team with Bama’s resume don’t belong, that shows your ignorance or dislike. Either way, stick to basketball.

  39. kansas531 says: Oct 28, 2013 12:50 PM

    Normtide – Last time I checked, the BCS was supposed to be based on current year data, not resume. And, if you want to go there, Bama was real lucky they played Notre Dame last year instead of Oregon and, the year before, if Saban hadn’t stacked his ballot, Alabama would not have even been in the Championship game. Which, if you are expecting people to vote based upon “resumes” instead of current performance, doesn’t show a whole lot of intelligence or understanding on your part.

  40. normtide says: Oct 28, 2013 1:01 PM

    So Saban had the only ballot that counted? You know that don’t make sense. Go check the numbers, if Saban didn’t even vote, Bama still gets in the game. Just because you don’t like what happens, it doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It just makes you sound petty. Bama is first in the computers and the human polls. But some guy from Kansas disagrees, he must be right!

  41. realfootballfan says: Oct 28, 2013 1:05 PM

    Hopefully, Oregon loses a game while FSU runs the table. Otherwise, we’ll be treated to another SEC stomping of an over matched team who looks great, well until they play an SEC team. FSU actually was built in the same image as the SEC, so it would finally be a fair fight. Not to mention that their QB is awesome.

  42. dhardy8207 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:12 PM


    Don’t bother trying to reason with Kansas531’s thoughts…

    This is the second post he’s made this morning regurgitating his dislike for the current rankings and his disdain for BAMA. Not sure why someone from Kansas would be so vocal its not like any school from that fine state would have a snowball’s chance in hell of making the BCS championship game…

  43. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 28, 2013 1:14 PM

    Alabama and Florida State. It just better be the game.

  44. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 28, 2013 1:23 PM

    Real football fan….Oregon lost by a field goal with no time left in their NC game against Bama…not exactly too overmatched, were they? This is absurd…we have 3 teams that probably deserve to go to the NC if they all win out. You don’t need to just make stuff up to stand for your team!

  45. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:05 PM


    I think you mean they lost by a FG to Auburn, not Bama….one would think that a real Oregon fan would know who they played in the national championship game in January 2011, which wasn’t that long ago.

  46. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:12 PM


    Still banging that same drum, are you? The whole thing about Saban “stacking his ballot” is just laughable…the margin between Bama and Okie State wasn’t that close. And considering they won the game 21-0….what difference does it make? Yeah, they got lucky by playing undefeated Notre Dame…they would’ve gotten curbstomped by that Oregon team that lost at home to Stanford (who plays the EXACT same style as Bama, except with far lesser athletes at most positions)….right?
    I mean, there’s ZERO chance that Bama would’ve handled Oregon exactly like Stanford did…right?

  47. longborer69 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:17 PM

    Bizarre stuff on this thread.

    Some guy talking about WSU scoring 38 points on Oregon. You do realize that the last two touchdowns came with WSU’s starters passing every down against Oregon’s third string, don’t you? No, probably not.

    Some ACC guy talking about the PAC having 8 +.500 teams to the ACC’s 7. Can’t even count. The ACC has 8, too. Both conferences do. At least if you are going to use that argument, don’t change yourself. LOL.

    The PAC-12 (as in 12 teams) has 8 +.500, 2 at .500, and two losing teams. The ACC has 8 +.500, one at .500, and five losing teams. If you want to argue that the ACC is better, please don’t use number of winning teams, because someone might talk about the number of losing teams, and make you look stupid.

    Scratch that. Go ahead. Look stupid if you want to.

    FSU is a great team, but the ACC is a lot weaker than the PAC this year. They’ve proved it on the field. Losses to Navy, Penn State, East Carolina.

    Wake Forest was leading Miami in the last minute, something they couldn’t manage against mighty Louisiana-Monroe. LOL.

  48. Deb says: Oct 28, 2013 2:24 PM

    kansas531 …

    Bama is lucky to have played the Irish rather than the Ducks? No, it doesn’t work that way. Bama met the Irish in the championship because that’s how the season played out. The Ducks would have been there had they not lost how they did, when they did. Likewise, Oklahoma State the previous season. It has nothing to do with anyone stacking the deck.

    People like you suffer from selective amnesia. You choose to forget the teams you supported choked at the end of the season when playing insignificant opponents and try to compare that to a FG’s loss to the top-ranked team in the nation. Either you don’t know anything about the game … or you’re so bitter that you don’t mind sounding like a lunatic conspiracy theorist stringing together unrelated facts while omitting everything of relevance in order to promote your twisted logic.

  49. sssjim7 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:32 PM

    More slap fighting between fans… just another reason the playoffs should include the top 8 conference winners only. Win your conference and you are in… no polls to worry about… no need to soft schedule to pad your W/L record… heck, playing a top 5 OOC schedule would actually help your team to its real goal… winning your own conference…

    Bowls used to be rewards… now they seem to be the only thing anyone thinks is important…


    Just my .02

  50. Deb says: Oct 28, 2013 2:44 PM

    sssjim7 …

    Sorry, but I fail to see how that resolves anything. You could have a one-loss SEC or ACC team sitting at home while a 3- or 4-loss team from some itty-bitty conference with no competition winds up in the playoffs. YES, it should be an 8-team bracket. But it should be the top 8 teams–regardless of conference.

  51. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 28, 2013 2:51 PM

    oh you got me before i had my caffeine…my bad. and i still have not recovered from our ” close” game with UCLA. Cut me some slack..:)

  52. normtide says: Oct 28, 2013 2:54 PM

    When people say only league champs, it’s usually a sign that they have no confidence in their league. Deb is correct, a 4 loss team could win their CCG, while a one loss team would be left out. That would counter-act a playoff.

    As for hating on teams, I don’t get it. I don’t like the Miami Heat. Not in the least. But, only a fool would say they are a bad team. I don’t have to like a team to acknowledge talent. It makes no sense. You lose credibility when you do it.

  53. sssjim7 says: Oct 28, 2013 2:59 PM

    @Deb – having the top 8 teams (or top 2 teams) is impossible because there is no top team. Every team matches up differently with the competition they play… playing styles, injuries, etc. all combine to produce upsets and make sure that the so called *best* teams don’t always make it to the playoffs…

    Still… the NCAA basketball tournament is the best format for sports we have. Letting the little guys (as you call it) compete is what makes it interesting. And as far as your comment about having the best teams sit home… that is what the regular season is for… for those teams, winning their conference championship would be the most difficult part… but they all still have an equal shot every year…

    In reality, an 8 team playoff would really be a 16 team playoff with the conference championships being the first round…

    Any other system gets corrupted by greed and power struggles – this is the only *fair* system.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing all these Oregon-Alabama and Ohio State-FSU games during the regular season… they would happen all the time with the system I propose. And fans wouldn’t have to watch 77-0 beatings of FCS teams..

    Anyway, just my .02

  54. Deb says: Oct 28, 2013 4:20 PM

    Jim …

    Have posted many times that I don’t believe an FBS team should ever schedule an FCS opponent. Now, I’ll readily admit not being up on the financial benefits of those schedulings, so I’m speaking purely from a competitive standpoint.

    That said, football and basketball are different sports. Basketball teams play dozens of games. They’re not going to be eliminated from contention based on one loss, as football teams are. So it’s not fair that football teams from strong, highly competitive divisions should get one shot at the playoff just so the, a-hem, Little Sisters of the Poor 😉 can participate.

    Nothing’s perfect. But as long as the polls are determined using strength of schedule as a consideration, then taking the top 8 regardless of conference should satisfy everyone. If we want to ensure all the children get a trophy, then we can pare down the FBS to a manageable number of teams and create another layer between the FCS and the FBS. The goal of the playoffs should be to see the BEST teams compete, not to spread around the wealth like it’s a Little League competition.

  55. chachooga says: Oct 28, 2013 5:38 PM

    There is ALOT of hate on UM from bobbling talking heads, saying they don’t “deserve” their ranking because they “almost” lost to Wake Forest and UNC.

    Hey babblers….Stanford ACTUALLY LOST to UTAH!!!! THEY LOST TO UTAH!!!! THE UTES!!!

    Someone explain how they are ranked so high????

    Where is Jesse Palmer the babbler on that one…..i don’t get it.

    #5 Stanford LOST TO UTAH!!!!!!!


  56. realfootballfan says: Oct 28, 2013 5:52 PM


    What are you talking about? You mean when they ran up video game scores all year until they played Auburn’s terrible defense and scored what, 13 points? Same thing happened to Oklahoma State and Ohio State when they played Florida. Giving Nick Saban a month to prepare for that dragging wouldn’t even be fun to point back at and laugh about. It’s as asinine as the ND fans who actually thought their team belonged on the same field.

    I don’t recall them playing Alabama at any time in recent years since Alabama has gone on their domination run. Oregon fans tend to leave out what actually happened to them when they did get into the game against by far the weakest of the SEC champs over the past 7 years amidst all their “we don’t get any respect” nonsense. They barely scored one TD all day against that horrible Auburn defense and LOST.

  57. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 28, 2013 6:51 PM

    oh, such tough talk. They lost by 3 points…i don’t care what you say…they lost by 3 points on a last second field goal. We had a 1st yr QB who played awful. I already took back the Alabama mistake…guess you can’t accept anything other than what you want to hear. I am not and have not dissed your team, but then again, some of us are grownups. Others want to pretend a 3 point win on a last second field goal is a wipeout.

  58. dhardy8207 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:09 PM

    Duckman62 says:

    “Oregon has been SCREWED by the BCS Farce of Strength of Schedule for many years,”


    Uumm, I recall Oregon playing for a NC in 2010 so how exactly have they been SCREWED?…. The battle chickens with Cam Newton and Nick Fairly made Oregon look foolish… Same story, the ducks “fast offense” which the media had built up to be unstoppable had put up massive points on their opponents all that season but still ended up losing to an SEC team.

    Whether the spread was 1 point, 3, or 50 it was still an “L”. Its not like the Ducks have been overlooked by the BCS, but when given the opportunity to quiet their critics, they fell short.

  59. normtide says: Oct 28, 2013 8:04 PM

    Have to agree. The ducks can’t say they are over looked. They are ahead of FSU right now, they get plenty of respect. I think Oregon has an awesome system, I respect them. I think FSU is more talented across the board. I’ve said before, I think Oregon will get the nod if things stay the same. Largely because they have been very good for a longer period of time then FSU. It isn’t right, but that’s how it works.

    But dear God, please quit talking about a lack of respect. ESPN loves Eugene. The anchors loves the Ducks. Nike has built a shrine to the ducks. Your a yearly contender now. It seems their fans were the last find out though.

  60. crazyfootballfun says: Oct 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    duck fan here..have to agree. 1 yr..2001..we did not get the respect we deserved..last few yrs..we do. Until we beat Bama or someone in the natty though, there will be doubters. I do not like it when there are 4 undefeateds and only 2 get to go…will look forward to the new system although i think it should be double that. …8 teams at a minimum. If FSU gets in instead of us, this Duck fan will be rooting for them. ( sorry deb)

  61. realfootballfan says: Oct 28, 2013 9:19 PM


    That’s all I’m saying. We’ve seen the Oregon story before. They would go to the game and get trucked. Same with Ohio State. I want to see Alabama play FSU because Fisher has recruited his team in the same image, so athlete for athlete, it would finally be a fair fight for a non-SEC team to play them.

    Saban is an infinitely better coach than Fisher but the comparable talent would make that a championship game worth watching finally, instead of the snooze fest it’s been every year since Texas/USC.

    It’s like Baylor fans feeling themselves. Nice little team, but Alabama would stomp a mud hole in their backside by the end of the first quarter. Take the homer shades off. Oregon would put up a better fight, but not by much. That 2010 team was better and couldn’t beat an Auburn team that was Cam Newton, Nick Fairly, and a whole lot of other mediocre players, not to mention the worst secondary I’ve ever seen in a college championship game, and Oregon’s passing attack was supposed to be the strength of the team, so go figure.

  62. duckman62 says: Oct 28, 2013 9:33 PM

    “Uumm, I recall Oregon playing for a NC in 2010 so how exactly have they been SCREWED?”


    I’m going to type this really slow, since academics don’t seem to be a requirement in the SEC. Since you were unable to read the rest of my post, I will spell it out for you. Please let me know if you need pictures!

    In 2001, Nebraska went to the National Championship Game even though they lost their last regular scheduled game against Colorado. After that, they played, get ready now, Colorado again, in their conference Championship Game and, you got it, they lost that one as well. The BCS in their fine wisdom sent 2 back to back loss Nebraska to play Miami, and Oregon played Colorado (you know, the team that beat Nebraska twice, in back to back games) and beat them 38-16. Miami put a whipping on 2 loss Nebraska. I am not saying that Oregon would have won, but should have played them. That is a BCS screwing in the full sense of the word. Now, if you don’t understand that, I can draw a few pictures and let you color them with Crayons if you like.

  63. duckman62 says: Oct 28, 2013 9:39 PM


    Why let anyone other then Alabama and FSU play in the Natty at all? It seems that you have your expectations of what the Natty should be about.

    Oh wait, it is supposed to be on merit. It is supposed to pit the best two teams, REGARDLESS of their past accomplishments! Having a strong team 4-20 years ago doesn’t give you an automatic seat in the game. I am happy for the playoffs (need more teams than 4, but it is a start), but we are playing by the rules set forth and the BCS has us at 2. FSU is 3 (because of their schedule) so live with it. If Oregon wins out and Alabama wins out, tough luck for you! If Oregon wins out and FSU win out, then touch luck for the Tide. It is so nice to be looking out the bus, then running to catch up to be in control of our own destiny, instead of biased fans like you!

  64. normtide says: Oct 28, 2013 9:55 PM

    Heck, you hear about Oregon football watching the NFL, over the last few years. On Oct 28, 2013 7:14 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ** > crazyfootballfun commented: “duck fan here..have to agree. 1 > yr..2001..we did not get the respect we deserved..last few yrs..we do. > Until we beat Bama or someone in the natty though, there will be doubters. > I do not like it when there are 4 undefeateds and only 2 get to go…will > loo”

  65. normtide says: Oct 28, 2013 10:08 PM

    Real- Man, I’m not sure Bama will make it just yet. But your right, FSU plays the same style as Bama. I think that would be the best match up to watch.

    Duck- that was 12 years ago, things have changed. Oregon is the darlings of college football. You are one of the haves now. You don’t get to play the Boise card. Auburn was undefeated in 04. They were left out ofthe title game for USC and Oklahoma. USC won, but had to forfeit the title, and auburn all gets no love for that season. Iirc, auburn had 4 players from that team drafted in the top ten picks. That’s a team that got shafted. Few think Oregon would have won the game in 01. I respect the ducks, but the fans need to stop with the poor little us play. You have $, played in a title game, and are usually ranked higher then others with the same number of losses. If you still hadn’t that inferiority complex, it’s your own doing.

  66. ucla1996 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:20 PM

    Who really believes that

    Who really believes that Miami is a top ten team? In the end the voters and bcs computers will reward Oregon for playing in the tougher conference and having an overall tougher schedule.

    Fsu = Oregon
    Stanford > Miami
    Clemson = ucla
    Florida = Washington
    There’s a good chance that asu will be another opponent.

    Utah Arizona and Oregon state better than any three combo of acc teams.

  67. Deb says: Oct 28, 2013 11:11 PM

    @crazyfootballfun …

    No offense taken. If we make the title game, I really hope to see your Ducks across the field. I’m sitting in the middle of Florida, surrounded by Gators and Seminoles. The only consolation is that they focus all that … um … “energy” on each other. Having all my Gator friends bearing down on me when Bama faced Florida in the SEC Championship a couple of years ago was horrible. From what I can see, dealing with the Seminole fans over a title game would be at least that bad, if not worse.

    The nice thing about playing Notre Dame is that no one liked them 😉

  68. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 28, 2013 11:23 PM


    I know I got an SEC school education and all, so obviously I’m just a dumb hick, but allow me to point out that your post regarding 2001 Nebraska contains a pretty significant factual error, to-wit: Nebraska did lose their last regular season game to Colorado, but they did not turn around and lose to Colorado again in the Big 12 title game. I know this because a) Nebraska and Colorado were both in the Big 12 North, so that would’ve been impossible and b) Colorado played in the Big 12 title game via winning the tiebreaker with Nebraska. Colorado won, which is is how they got the automatic BCS bid to play your precious Ducks. Thus, your whining about a 2 loss Nebraska team getting in over a 1 loss Oregon team is complete bulls**t, because Nebraska had only 1 loss.

    The moral of the story is that if you’re going to post something smarmy and condescending, and insult people’s education levels simultaneously, you probably ought to make sure you have some idea of what you’re talking about…otherwise, you look like a f**king idiot.

  69. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 28, 2013 11:25 PM

    I could always spell it out for you in Crayon if that would make it easier….

  70. ucla1996 says: Oct 29, 2013 1:58 AM

    So you are okay with a non champ playing for the championship without a playoff. Ridiculous like the Oklahoma fiasco and giving bama another shot. Michigan and Ohio state was more deserving of a rematch. Nebraska had no business being in that game.

  71. longborer69 says: Oct 29, 2013 5:08 AM

    @thegeneral, this Duck fan thanks you.

    Now, everyone alive back then knows that Oregon should have been in that game instead of Nebraska. Everyone knows the Ducks got ripped off that year by a stupid BCS formula, and that they were much better than the Cornhuskers by that point in the season.

    But when you get the facts wrong to overstate your case, you not only look stupid, you make it look like you don’t have a real argument.

  72. dhardy8207 says: Oct 29, 2013 9:41 AM

    Duckman62 says:

    “I’m going to type this really slow, since academics don’t seem to be a requirement in the SEC”

    Lolololol!…. Classic whiney a$$ Northwesterner that has to result to low insults to try and stay up on that self built pedestal you got there. My academics is more than up to par and your attempt to discredit my intelligence is just an example of how low you will stoop to try and prove an ill fated point. After all you are basing your opinion on a game from 2001??…Really?… How sad that you’re continuing to live that far back in the past… Let it go man!… regression will kill ya and “the ducks” will still carry on long after the dust has settled.

    Bloggers have debated on the BCS system for some time now, but it is the system that the powers that be in college football chose to go with. I know Oregon has been ranked in the top 25 for the past 5 years and every season that they have either been in the top running for the championship game, played in it, or lost to a major player in their conference like…um Stanford.. Does that sound familiar??… Now the BCS will go bye bye soon and who’s fault will it be then when the ducks fail to make the playoffs, after all Chip Kelley is gone and his recruiting skills gone as well…

    Now I appreciate the “short bus” insult with offering the crayons and all, but it sounds like you need to let out some frustration with those crayons so I’ll let you keep those. Might add a little color to what sounds like a dull and miserable life since you’re stuck in 2001…..

  73. thegeneral7694 says: Oct 29, 2013 2:11 PM


    No, I’m not saying anything like that…I don’t really have an opinion on whether it should’ve been Nebraska or Oregon, because a) it was a dozen years ago and b) it wouldn’t have mattered…nobody was beating that Miami team. I was just pointing out that duckman was blatantly misstating facts to support his case….that Nebraska team was not a 2 loss team (at least not until after the BCS championship game), and that’s just a fact.

    I don’t think you can compare Bama getting “another shot” to Nebraska 2001 or Oklahoma 2003 because…..Bama won the game, and won it in rather resounding fashion. So any doubts as to whether they “deserved” to be in the BCS game against LSU should have been put to rest after the game was over. Nebraska and Oklahoma got in to the big game controversially, and they didn’t show up….Bama certainly did.

    @longborer: Many thanks for being level-headed

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