Orange Bowl

Ducks move to No. 3 in latest BCS Standings

 
(not rated)                                                                                                                                                            
  BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9957 1 1 2867 .9972 1 1475 1.0000 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 .990
2 Kansas State .9318 2 3 2664 .9266 3 1370 .9288 3 2 2 3 3 2 3 .940
3 Oregon .9166 4 2 2735 .9513 2 1399 .9485 5 5 4 5 5 7 4 .850
4 Notre Dame .9050 3 4 2533 .8810 4 1289 .8739 2 1 3 1 2 3 2 .960
5 Georgia .8171 6 5 2345 .8157 5 1218 .8258 6 6 5 7 6 5 6 .810
6 Florida .7863 7 7 2154 .7492 7 1091 .7397 4 4 6 4 4 4 5 .870
7 LSU .7054 5 8 2011 .6995 9 998 .6766 7 9 7 11 7 6 7 .740
8 South Carolina .6206 8 11 1654 .5753 11 880 .5966 8 8 8 9 9 9 10 .690
9 Louisville .6040 10 10 1825 .6348 10 940 .6373 13 10 14 8 15 23 11 .540
10 Florida State .5969 9 6 2223 .7732 6 1147 .7776 19 18 20 15 25 0 17 .240
11 Oregon State .5965 11 12 1588 .5523 12 807 .5471 8 7 10 6 10 10 8 .690
12 Oklahoma .5812 12 13 1556 .5412 13 800 .5424 10 12 9 16 8 8 9 .660
13 Clemson .5772 13 9 1969 .6849 8 1013 .6868 16 16 13 14 23 0 15 .360
14 Stanford .5086 14 14 1431 .4977 15 705 .4780 12 11 12 13 12 12 14 .550
15 Texas A&M .5060 16 15 1320 .4591 14 736 .4990 11 13 16 10 11 11 13 .560
16 Nebraska .3976 20 16 992 .3450 16 513 .3478 14 15 17 12 13 14 12 .500
17 Texas .3593 23 17 860 .2991 17 485 .3288 15 14 11 18 16 13 16 .450
18 UCLA .2533 NR 21 587 .2042 19 333 .2258 17 17 0 17 18 18 18 .330
19 USC .1706 17 18 690 .2400 22 224 .1519 23 0 21 0 21 19 24 .120
20 Louisiana Tech .1584 25 19 659 .2292 18 363 .2461 30 0 25 0 0 0 0 .000
21 Mississippi State .1453 15 20 603 .2097 23 186 .1261 25 23 0 20 24 22 25 .100
22 Texas Tech .1422 18 25 203 .0706 NR 68 .0461 18 19 15 0 19 15 20 .310
23 Rutgers .1214 NR 22 475 .1652 20 264 .1790 28 24 0 21 0 0 0 .020
24 Northwestern .0962 NR 24 259 .0901 21 234 .1586 27 21 0 22 0 0 0 .040
25 Toledo .0796 NR NR 160 .0557 25 108 .0732 24 22 0 19 0 0 19 .110

 

Oregon sparkles as it takes the No. 3 spot

By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

The Big Four went 4-0 in Week 10, but on the perception scoreboard, almost as important as the ones at the stadiums, they finished with a 3-1 mark.

Perception is everything in a sport without a playoff. It’s especially significant in a BCS chase that features more than two serious candidates with perfect records. Oftentimes, the key is simply maintaining perception. Other times, the key is changing it. Sometimes, the key is changing it and then maintaining it.

Notre Dame changed its perception in Week 9. The Irish have been knocked for their C-plus offense and their small victory margins against the likes of Purdue, Michigan, Stanford and BYU. But then they went to Norman and crushed Oklahoma, piling up 20 fourth-quarter points to pull away. They had won in impressive fashion, a requisite to stay afloat in the BCS title push.

But then the Irish couldn’t maintain their new perception in Week 10, instead dredging up the old one in a 29-26 victory against Pitt in three overtimes. Notre Dame found a way to win -- as all great teams do -- but it needed a furious rally and a fortunate call to erase a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit. It also needed a missed field goal from just 33 yards out in the second overtime to force a third, where it prevailed. All this against a 4-4 Panthers team.

If Notre Dame was part of a two-team race, winning would be enough. But when three other perfect teams are winning -- and maintaining positive perceptions -- the Irish needed more. They paid a price in the latest BCS standings, dropping a spot to No. 4.

Oregon, meanwhile, maintained its perception better than any of the Big Four in Week 10, beating USC 62-51. The Ducks gave us speed, they gave us points, they gave us yards -- boy, did they give us yards – and, of course, they gave us new unis. Oregon provided 60 minutes of fireworks. No team has ever piled up more yards against USC than Oregon’s 730 on Saturday night. No Oregon player has ever rushed for more yards than Kenjon Barner’s 321.

It was a definitively typical performance against a talented opponent on a big stage. As a result, the Ducks were rewarded, trading places with Notre Dame in the standings. Oregon remains No. 2 in both human polls, well ahead of Kansas State in the Harris but barely ahead in the Coaches. And with No. 11 Oregon State and No. 14 Stanford left on the schedule -- plus possibly No. 18 UCLA in the Pac-12 title game -- Oregon should get a critical boost in the computers.

Alabama also maintained its perception Saturday night: best team in the best league. Like Notre Dame, the Tide needed a late rally to survive, but unlike Notre Dame, they produced it against a great opponent (LSU) in arguably the nation’s toughest setting (Tiger Stadium). Alabama rocketed to No. 1 in computer average, and as the consensus No. 1 team in the Coaches Poll and the near-consensus No. 1 in the Harris Poll, the Tide are in great shape.

Kansas State also reinforced what it is: a surprisingly great team that makes fairly easy work of ranked opponents, even without Collin Klein. As Klein watched most of the second half from the sideline, the Wildcats recorded their third straight win against a ranked opponent by 14 points or more. Although K-State takes a hit in computer average, dropping to No. 3, it clearly is giving voters some pause in the battle for the No. 2 spot.

The performances by Oregon, Alabama and Kansas State leave Notre Dame in a tough spot. It must change its perception -- back to the Week 9 version -- against a woeful Boston College team this week and against an average Wake Forest squad next week. Even a dominant performance against USC on Nov. 24 might not be enough, given the Trojans' disappointing season, although it will attract attention. There’s even some talk No. 5 Georgia could leapfrog the Irish if it wins out, beating Alabama in the SEC title game.

Each of the Big Four scored a win on the field Saturday. But when it comes to perception, Oregon sparkled in Tinseltown, while the Domers simply weren’t shiny enough.

 

Back to All News

 

Comments

 

Rate this News Article:


2000 characters left

No comments have been posted to this News Article