K-State, Notre Dame Ahead
Heading into the 2012 college football season the Oregon Ducks were priming for a run at the BCS National Championship. Though they were replacing star quarterback Darron Thomas and do-it-all running back LaMichael James, the Ducks and their fans knew they had the pieces in place to contend for college football’s most coveted award.
After blowing out every opponent this season and cruising to an 8-0 record, however, the Ducks find themselves behind both Kansas State and Notre Dame in the third edition of the 2012 BCS Standings.
Unfortunately for Oregon fans, this is nothing new to the season. Despite being ranked No. 2 right behind No. 1 Alabama in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll, the Ducks have not been able to capture favor in the computer standings as they have always sat outside of the No. 2 positioning in the BCS Standings.
The mayhem that has ensued because of all this was more than expected.
As the Ducks have fallen from the No. 2 position to the No. 4 position while being passed by teams such as Kansas State and Notre Dame, many fans from all teams have begun to spew hate at one another as if they were the bitterest of enemies.
For all you Oregon fans that have participated in that, calm down, everything will work itself out.
While the Ducks do find themselves on the outside of the BCS National Championship right now, there are several reasons why the Ducks are still in the exact place they want to be heading into the latter half of the season.
Playing for a Purpose/Making a Statement
Though it is nice to be positioned in the BCS National Championship already, sometimes it is best to be on the outside looking in when you still have plenty of games to play, especially when you consider the fact that Oregon will face their toughest opponent in the coming weeks.
Not saying that Notre Dame and Kansas State will lose, but sometimes when you are up at the top you are more prone to suffering heartbreaking losses at crucial/late points of the season because you are content with where you are ranked. While just about every coach will say they play for a purpose every week, there is usually so much shakeup towards the end of the year in the BCS Standings (especially at the top) that being ranked at No. 3 or 4 towards the latter half of the season isn’t such a bad thing.
For the Ducks, this gives them an opportunity to take every game in stride and have a statement game every game, thus minimizing the chance for Oregon to suffer a complete collapse.
Strength of Schedule will fix itself
The reason that the ducks are not in the No. 2 position in the BCS Standings is because their strength of schedule has so far hindered their ranking in the computers.
That, however, is about to change.
The Ducks will face three ranked opponents (as it currently stands) in their next four games. Should they win the remaining of their games, the computers will adjust accordingly and Oregon will vault into the No. 2 position in the BCS Standings. Though Kansas State and Notre Dame do have quality opponents left on their schedule, Oregon’s schedule towards the end of the season is much tougher than either of those teams and will contribute to them falling behind the Ducks at season’s end.
The fact that Oregon would also make an appearance in the Pac-12 Championship Game also helps them, as both Kansas State and Notre Dame will not play in one.
Nation Knows Ducks are No. 2
While you will find Kansas State and Notre Dame fans proclaiming that their programs deserve to be ahead of the Ducks, just about everybody in the rest of nation believes Oregon is the No. 2 college football program in the nation.
That being said, though Kansas State has gained some ground on the Ducks in the human polls (only a few points, however), the Ducks will remain at the No. 2 position in the Coaches Poll and Harris Poll should they win out. Unlike the computers who take into account Oregon’s opponents, the human voters have seen the Ducks play and seen their potential. They know Oregon is the No. 2 team in the land and will keep the Ducks in prime position for the BCS National Championship.
In addition to that, ESPN and other sporting sites still have an Alabama vs. Oregon matchup in the BCS National Championship.
While it is frustrating that Kansas State and Notre Dame fans can have their time above the Oregon Ducks, Oregon fans need to realize that those teams will only be positioned above the Ducks for just a few more weeks.
If Oregon wins out, they will be in the BCS National Championship. Yes, it’s still as simple as that.