The Pac-12 is looking "O-fer." As in everyone else is O-fer against the great state of Oregon. The Ducks and Beavers are a combined 8-0, the only two teams in the conference that are still undefeated. That makes Oregon the most awesomely awesome state in the union.
As a result, we’re still projecting the Ducks to the title game. And with the win in Tucson, Ariz., Oregon State is smelling all rosy.
Stanford’s loss to the Huskies, widely regarded as a bad thing for everyone who doesn’t bleed purple and gold (or black and orange for that matter), was a blow to its chances of another BCS bowl game. The easiest road for Oregon to gain a spot in the national championship game would be to run the table -- so for our purposes here, we’re projecting the Ducks with wins over Stanford and Oregon State, and two over USC. The same math we used for Stanford the past few weeks now applies to the Beavers. (Feel free to disregard those previous projections; we forgot to add "just kidding" at the end of each post.) The Rose Bowl would likely select a one-loss Oregon State team over a three-loss USC squad.
Rest assured, this week's projections are so reliable that Nostradamus himself would be humbled by the very thought of questioning them ... at least until next week.
BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 7: Oregon vs. BCS 1 or 2
Rose Bowl Game, Jan. 1: Oregon State vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo, Dec. 29: USC vs. Big 12
Bridgepoint Education Holiday, Dec. 27: UCLA vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun, Dec. 31: Washington vs. ACC
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22: Stanford vs. MWC
Kraft Fight Hunger, Dec. 29: Arizona State vs. Navy
Gildan New Mexico, Dec. 15: Arizona vs. MWC