I posted something about this yesterday in the "week 6 discussion" or whatever it's called. Anyway, there are a couple items/notes about Oregon I'd like to discuss or hear your opinion about.
First: I was reading the Pac-10 mailbag on ESPN.com and somebody asked if the Ducks could pass us if they win out. Here’s the question and response from Ted Miller:
Jeff from Dallas writes: Theoretically speaking, if the Ducks win out, would they have a chance at breaking into the top 5? If so, would we jump Boise State? I know I’m getting way ahead of myself here but as a loyal Duck fan, I cant help but set myself up for heartache.
Ted Miller: Yes and yes.
At 11-1, with a win over USC, the Ducks likely would be top-five. Now, would Oregon jump Boise State if the Broncos remained unbeaten?
I think so. Why? Because Oregon’s schedule is exponentially tougher — none of Boise State’s other 12 foes would finish in the top-half of the Pac-10. More than a few are among the worst FBS teams.
Moreover, season-openers are often treated differently than games in the middle or end of the season, and not just because of rankings momentum. The Ducks are clearly a better team today than they were in the season-opener.
I know that won’t go over with Broncos fans but there is a solution: Schedule a BCS foe early and late — even if they won’t do a home-and-home series.
If Boise State played, say, Kansas — I pick Kansas because the Jayhawks would hide behind the sofa if Boise called for a game — on Dec. 5 instead of New Mexico State, thereby bookending their season with legitimate BCS foes, it would make up for the perception that the Broncos poured their hearts into one season-opening game and then coasted through a milquetoast schedule.
This could be an interesting situation. I know I would be upset if Oregon manages to pass us in the polls. I don’t see how that’s reasonably possible.
Second: I was reading the Pac-10 blog again and Ted Miller mentioned that Oregon has given up 19 points in 3 Pac-10 games. This got me thinking and Boise State scored 19 points & left another 20 pts on the board with missed Field Goals and turnovers.
It's a shame that most "experts" around the country will consider that 'first game jitters' or whatever for Oregon. I wont be surprised if they pass us in the polls (given that we both win out). Just think if we had protected the ball and capitalized on our opportunities.