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Who is the Real Number One?

Recently I have been looking at Oregon vs. Alabama statistically and cannot seem to find a reason why the Ducks should not challenge Alabama for a shot at number one spot in the BCS rankings. If I remember correctly the BCS polling process is based on the performance THIS YEAR, but whenever I look at the rankings I see the voters making their decisions reflecting on Alabama's past success. While the two national championships are quite impressive, I respect them more for two years ago, because last year I was frankly disappointed with the national championship game. In order to not have another Notre Dame get into the national championship I think that we need to reevaluate the BCS system. If they want to do it right this year, they have to take into account the strength of schedule of both participating teams. Though so far this season Alabama and Oregon have played the same amount of teams that that were ranked at the time of the contest, they need to take into account the rank of the teams at the time of the game. Alabama has played Texas A&M who when were then 7 and Ole Miss who were then 21. Oregon on the other hand has played UCLA then 12 and Washington then 15. Though Alabama has played a higher ranked team, being Texas A&M, Oregon has a better ranked opponent average of 13.5 compared to Alabama who follows close behind at an average of 14. Though this is an important statistic to look at while deciding who is most deserving of the coveted number one spot, it is not the only thing to look at. Oregon, when playing ranked teams wins by an average of 24.5 points and scores an average of 43.5 points. Alabama averages a margin of victory over ranked teams of just 16 points scoring an average of 37 points. I believe that when you break down the stats like this Oregon is debatably the best team in the country. For now all I can say is, the playoff system cannot get here fast enough.

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