The Ducks moved up to #12 in the AP poll this week. 2 teams above them, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, both lost, but they were jumped by Georgia Tech. I was slightly upset about this for about 2 seconds when I realized for the first time in years, I don't really care what the national rankings are.
The chances of the Ducks winning out is, in my opinion, not very realistic. The PAC 10 is tough this year, and every game left on the schedule will be tough. But even if they do win out, so many teams would have to lose that the chances of getting to the National Championship Game have to be 100-1 or worse. It seems at this point that the shoot-for-the-stars goal of this season should be the Rose Bowl. To make the Rose Bowl, it doesn't really matter what the rankings are; it's all about the standings.
I usually watch both the polls and the standings as a season progresses, but for the first time that I can remember I don't really care that much where the Ducks are ranked in the polls. What are you paying more attention to, the ranking of the Ducks, or the PAC 10 standings?