#4 Oregon vs. #17 USC
Saturday, 7pm EDT, FOX
Just what does Oregon have to do to get up the BCS rankings? Week after week, the Ducks have slaughtered the competition, but while the pollsters can clearly see Oregon’s dominance, the computers have penalized them for their relatively weak schedule. All of Oregon’s strengths seem to be offset by their weaknesses, which means they run the table and the computers will still underrate them.
Take, for instance, their running game. Although senior Kenjon Barber and sophmore De’Anthony “The Black Mamba” Thomas have made the Oregon running game the third-best in the country, Marcus Mariota’s passing offense ranks 84th, averaging 209.5 yards a game. Blowout wins of 57-34, 63-14 and 70-14 do not impress the computers, either, considering that they came against Arkansas State, Tennessee Tech, and an abysmal conference opponent in Colorado.