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Ducks Inch To No. 2 In BCS Rankings

Following a second consecutive win on the road, Oregon climbs to No. 2 in the lastest BCS Standings, behind No. 1 Kansas State and ahead of No. 3 Notre Dame. After a convincing 59-17 victory over California in Berkeley this past weekend, Oregon controls its own destiny as they continue their march towards the BCS National Championship game in Miami. With former No. 1 Alabama's loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, the Ducks are now the No. 1 team in country in the human polls (USA Today/Coaches' and Harris), the computers however still remain a bit hesitant on rewarding Oregon with a high ranking. In the computer polls, Oregon's average ranking is fourth, with two computers ranking Oregon as low as fifth nationally. The reason continues to center around Oregon's strength of schedule (or lack there of) to this point in the season. Though the Ducks have won convincingly over nine of their ten opponents thsi season, margin of victory isn't a BCS formula component. Oregon currently has two wins over current BCS Top 25 team (No. 18 USC and No. 25 Washington). The Ducks remaining schedule, however, may be the best of any of the remaining undefeated teams in the BCS Standings, allowing them to perhaps gain ground on the Wildcats and create separation from the Fighting Irish. Over the next two weeks, the Ducks are virtually guaranteed to face an opponent ranked in the BCS Top 25 (No. 13 Stanford and No. 16 Oregon State).

Below is this week's BCS Standings Top 10:

1. Kansas State - .9674
2. Oregon - .9497
3. Notre Dame - .9396
4. Alabama - .8534
5. Georgia - .8328
6. Florida - .7955
7. LSU - .7331
8. Texas A&M - .6621
9. South Carolina - .6349
10. Florida State - .6071

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