I was talking to ntrebon yesterday about where the Ducks stand in the national picture. While I think Oregon's a legitimate top 10 team this season, he expressed doubt that Oregon is at that level. I think that there are a lot of Duck fans that share that sentiment. With Oregon losing to both LSU and Auburn in the past year and on the biggest stages possible, the Ducks have faltered.
But the way things are breaking in college football, there is a large drop-off between the top 7 and the rest of the country. I think that teams like Stanford, Oregon, and Oklahoma have their flaws, but they are all far superior to teams like Arkansas, Clemson, and South Carolina.
In this week's poll, I have the Ducks at #6, just like the other polls. Watching this team, it doesn't necessarily feel like a team that should be ranked that high, until you start comparing the Ducks to the rest of the semi-contenders. There are a lot of flawed teams near the top of the rankings, and the Ducks are one of them.
As far as the BCS picture goes, the Ducks have a shot at getting back to the title game, but my bet is that it will come down to the LSU/Alabama and Oklahoma/Oklahoma State winners. We're in for a fun next few weeks as these teams fight for the conference championships.
The full poll is after the jump. Leave your comments on the poll, as well as your thoughts on where the Ducks sit nationally. GO DUCKS!