You can exhale now, Ducks fans. It looks like Oregon is headed to the postseason after scratching and clawing for win No. 6. It looked dicey there for a minute, you know, when they didn't score on their first two possessions.
At least we know they'll be playing in December -- be it in Miami or New Mexico, or somewhere in between (probably not New Mexico).
In all seriousness, the Ducks certainly made a strong case for a spot in the national title game. They whipped up on a Top 25 team and looked impressive on both sides of the ball doing it. Plus, several teams directly behind them in the rankings fell, all but solidifying the Ducks for one of those top two spots -- if. If the Ducks can win out, they will be in the title game. A statement was made Saturday night.
As for the rest of the projections -- chaos, as per usual. The two undefeated teams stay at the top, because you get special treatment when you're undefeated. USC doesn't go anywhere after its convincing road win at Utah. Stanford gets bumped up after UCLA and Washington lost -- though if I were a Stanford fan I'd be burning more calories this week worrying about the defense than the quarterback.
So we have six teams with at least four wins and eight spots. Washington and Arizona are the only other teams that are at least .500 at this point. We're going to keep Arizona on the projection -- even though they have dropped three in a row and have a very tough stretch coming up. But they are spunky, and we like that around here. Outside of the Oregon loss, they had a chance to beat Oregon State and Stanford. And when you look at the rest of Washington's schedule, it's hard not to find at least three or four more wins for the Huskies.
Cal's got a tough road with Stanford, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington still on the schedule. Likewise, Utah has some work to do. Bowl swing games could be Utah hosting Cal on Oct. 27 and the Utes hosting Arizona on Nov. 17.
Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.
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: Stanford vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun, Dec. 31: ASU vs. ACC
MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22: UCLA vs. MWC
Kraft Fight Hunger, Dec. 29: Washington vs. Navy
Gildan New Mexico, Dec. 15: Arizona vs. MWC