...or any weekend, for that matter. Thankfully, despite the exhortations of Dave and Matt Daddy on last night's podcast, I'm not convinced I need to for the sake of Oregon's BCS prospects.
No doubt the simplest path toward optimal SOS is the one where USC (and OSU) lose only to us the rest of the way, as this would guarantee us wins over two teams in the top-10 when we play them (and finishing the season in at least the top 15). And no doubt, we need the Beavs to beat the likes of the pups on Saturday. But say Arizona were to pull the upset this weekend: they could easily proceed to win out the rest of the way (their hardest remaining games are against UCLA and ASU), finishing the regular season 9-3 (and, in this scenario, winning the South).
If this were to occur, the following end of the season records become entirely plausible: 10-2 or 11-1 OSU (depending on their game with Stanford), 9-3 or 8-4 Stanford, 9-4 Arizona (assuming they lose to us in the Pac-12 championship), and 9-3 USC. In this case, there would likely be 5 ranked conference teams by season's end, and Oregon would have 5 wins over 4 ranked opponents.
I'm not a computer programmer, but this seems like a good alternative (if more involved) recipe for a strong SOS -- and one which includes the delightful pleasure of rooting against SC this weekend while ultimately watching them fall to 4th or 5th in the conference.
Who's with me?