Who'd of thunk that the same Ducks of Eugene Oregon who in their season opener lost to Boise State of the WAC would be currently leading the Pac-10 and spanking USC for challenging there Pac-10 dominance! This is not the same team that I watched on the smurf turf September 3rd. I mean the Ducks I watched last night were making good exchanges from the center to the quarterback, they were keeping the ball off of the ground and more importantly out of the other teams hands, and no one punched anyone. I don't know what Chip Kelly did to those guys to make such a dramatic turn around, but what ever it was keep on doing it. The USC Oregon game was fun and exciting until the 3rd quarter when the Ducks put on 17 points as opposed to USC 3 and then another 6 points in the fourth and USC remained unable to score closing out the game at 47-20. WOW! So, the USC win bumps up Oregon from the 10th spot to number eight right behind Boise then TCU, Cincinnati, Iowa, Alabama, Texas, and Florida. Which leads me to my next point.
Texas re-claims the number two spot behind Florida. Florida who is the defending National Champs have been in the number one spot all season long. Earlier Alabama jumped ahead of Texas due to the strength of schedule and with Texas giving a butt whooping to Oklahoma State last night pushed them above Alabama but I think that it is easily arguable that if were basing BCS rankings off of the strength of schedule and then Florida only has one ranked win this season which Texas has two and Alabama has three. Of the other 6 ranked teams that are undefeated such as Iowa, Cincinnati, TCU, and Boise State also have only one ranked wins under their belt as well. And, that's why Texas and Alabama are ranked above them. So, why isn't Florida ranked 3rd right now if we base this off of the strength of schedule? How much weight does last years bowl game carry in this years rankings? Remember that Alabama lost handily to Utah in their bowl last year. On 10/17 Arkansas who's ranked like 50 or so got screwd out of a win in Gainesville Florida with the Gators winning 23-20. (The officials of that game were suspended by the way) That same week Texas beat 20th ranked Oklahoma 16-13 and Alabama beat 22nd ranked South Carolina 20-6. Florida retained their number one ranking.
Do you remember a couple years ago when Ohio State beat Michigan in regular season by a field goal and at the end of the season only those of Big-10 Country wanted to see a rematch in the National Championship Game? Anyways, they were ranked number one and two in the nation and because they didn't have a conference championship game the good people of the Big-10 felt cheated, but the joke was on them because both teams lost their bowl games. Ha Ha Ha... Anyways, if they played a conference championship game then they could have gotten their re-match but they left it up to the system to determine who was going to be the Conference Champ. Luckily, in the SEC they play for the Conference Championship. The Alabama Florida game is going to be the biggest game since the Oregon USC game, and in a sort of way this Conference game is acting like a playoff game, which the winner moves on to the National Championship. Honestly, do you really think that a playoff won't generate as much excitement as bowl games do?