Justin K. Aller
Computers don't like the Ducks but Tako and Noah still do.
The top five teams in our poll remain unchanged this week, though the order is shuffled. Kansas State and Florida both move up a spot after dominating victories over teams in the top 15, while Oregon State moves down a couple spots after an underwhelming win at home against a struggling Utah team. Texas Tech was the biggest riser, moving up 10 spots to number 10, while South Carolina fell the farthest, 10 spots to number 20, after an ugly showing at Florida. Also of note, four teams that are ranked in the AP top 25 didn't even make our poll: Georgia, West Virginia, Boise State, and Texas.
Of course, all the buzz this week will be about the BCS standings, which is the only poll that matters, and how Oregon now sits at fourth after being jumped by Kansas State. I share everyone's frustration, especially given K-State's unwillingness to play the Ducks this season, but if Oregon continues to win, everything should be fine. The Ducks still have three games on their schedule against teams ranked in the top 20 of the BCS, and likely one more against a top 25 team should they play in the Pac-12 championship game. In the meantime, the national media continues to sing the Ducks' praises, Jerry Palm's projection of them playing in the Alamo Bowl notwithstanding. Next week is a virtual bye against Colorado, but after that Oregon steps into prime time as the toughest part of their schedule begins at USC. I can't wait.
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