Another thing to look at in the recent BCS rankings is the difference in points between Oregon (ranked third) and Kansas State who sits at fourth. Overall, the Ducks are much higher than the Wildcats in the human polls (as well as Florida), but the computers have Oregon just .003 points better. Considering that the computers rank the Big 12 pretty high, should we worry about Kansas State leapfrogging Oregon?
Ricky: Next week? Yes. I say that because the Wildcats play West Virginia next week. Since I began writing for Through the Phog on Fansided, I have seen closely the wonder that is Kansas State. The one question I have with them is “Can they contend all season?” If KSU beats WVU, they will leapfrog the Ducks this week. Oregon should not worry though because Oregon has just as many ranked opponents as KSU on the year. Plus, two games against USC will help (USC v.s Oregon for Pac-12 Championship).
Raymond: If you feel Kansas State is legit you can be worried as they have a huge game on the road against West Virginia this weekend. If they can beat the Mountaineers they have a chance to stay above Oregon the rest of the way. After the West Virginia game they only have one road game the rest of the year, which will be at Baylor on November 17th.
Mike: I think that K-State leapfrogging Oregon is something that could happen and as early as this week. The Wildcats play at 13th-ranked West Virginia this weekend while the Ducks play unranked Arizona State in Tempe. Both have tough match-ups so for the voters it might come down to style points as sad as it seems. The whole thing comes down to, as always, how does the schedule look between the schools since both conference are deep and quality wins will be had.
Brian: Yes, if Oregon doesn’t win convincingly and Kansas State wins big on the road, they would probably jump ahead of Oregon. But the only thing the Ducks can worry about right now is winning a game at Sun Devil Stadium. They aren’t ranked, but this is Oregon’s first true road game of the year. Win this thing first, then worry about Kansas State jumping ahead.
The Autzen Zoo staff includes lead editor Brian Spaen along with staff writers Joe Soriano, Mike Vamosi, Raymond Mencke, Jr., and Ricky Widmer.