WILL #4 OREGON JUMP KANSAS STATE & NOTRE DAME IN THE BCS POLL – Give Us Your Thoughts!

The question has been bantered around for two weeks now.

Will Oregon, ranked #4 in the latest BCS poll, have the momentum to pass both Notre Dame and Kansas State to make the National Championship game in Miami?

Depending who you talk to, the answers vary.

For example, ESPN Game Day analyst Kirk Herstreit say’s emphatically the Ducks, should they win out, will pass both Kansas St. and the Fighting Irish because Oregon’s November schedule is simply more difficult down the stretch than the other two schools.

Others say, Oregon simply doesn’t have the strength of schedule and love from the BCS computers to make it to the No. 2 slot.   Certainly USC’s loss to Arizona and Oregon State’s loss to Washington last weekend will ultimately hurt the Ducks SOS.

It all begins Saturday in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum when No. 4 Oregon faces off with No. 17 USC.

Should the Ducks go on to win this game decisively and then notch wins over Stanford at home and Cal and Oregon State on the road, will that be enough?

We’d like to hear from you.   Give us your thoughts here and we’ll post them from now through the weekend.

3 Replies to "WILL #4 OREGON JUMP KANSAS STATE & NOTRE DAME IN THE BCS POLL - Give Us Your Thoughts!"

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    Coastal Duck
    October 31, 2012 (10:02 pm)
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    A boatlaod of people give the edge to ND, should they beat USC.

    I think the Ducks have it over KSU for a) cancelling their game with us, and b) they don’t have the conference championship playoff win with which to notch their belt.

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    keavin
    October 31, 2012 (10:57 pm)
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    I think that number 4 oregon is the best opponent foe number 1 alabama. Because both defense and offense are doing well this year so their for oregon should be number 2 over all.

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    Chris
    November 1, 2012 (6:08 am)
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    I emphatically agree with Herbstreit: if Oregon wins out from here they will pass Notre Dame and Kansas St. for the #2 spot and possibly #1 if Alabama loses. The main reason for this line of thinking is that Oregon had the distinct advantage of holding a high pre-season human polls ranking (#5), unlike Notre Dame and Kansas St. The #2 ranking that Oregon holds in the human polls while at the same time, having a lot of upside in the computer numbers with a stout future strength of schedule, will prove too much for them to overcome if Oregon continues to win. If they win out, they will NOT drop in the human polls and their computer ratings will continue to rise.
    Meanwhile, Notre Dame and KSU have topped out in the computer ratings and cannot be helped out there regardless of what they do. Their only hope would be to move up the humans polls and as stated above, that won’t happen so long as Oregon is winning.
    Notre Dame is actually in the weakest position here and the people who are saying it’s going to be them in the NCG are simply relying on an appeal to emotion and the aura of mystique that Notre Dame brings to the table due to their storied history and tradition. Unfortunately for them, however flawed the system may be, that’s not how it works.


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