The latest poll is out for the BCS and despite the Coaches Poll and Harris Poll both having Oregon in second place, the computers are not nearly as impressed.
Oregon checks in at fourth place, getting leapfrogged by Kansas State after their 55-14 blowout over then 13th-ranked West Virginia. Alabama and Florida still are ranked first and second.
For Oregon players, coaches, and fans, the anger is certainly justified. The Mountaineers got smoked on the road by Texas Tech eight days ago. Their defense, ranked 117th nationally and is actually a step below Colorado, is the reason why this team was overrated all along. They weren’t deserving of a top five ranking and to be honest, didn’t deserve to be ranked when playing Kansas State.
Still, that win looks impressive in the computer’s eyes because they can’t see what’s actually happening. So Oregon drops a spot.
To them, they didn’t see Oregon play their first true road game. Many people were skeptical on the team and they said, “Let’s see how Oregon handles adversity.” Well, they answered by ending the game barely after the second quarter started. Check and mate.
Then the excuses continued to fly after that. Instead it was just Arizona State being exposed. Now with the Ducks getting ready to play one of the worst teams in the nation, Colorado, they will further slide on the computer’s radar and if Notre Dame grabs a win over Oklahoma in Norman, they’ll probably leap over Oregon.
Folks, Oregon is doing all they can to show people that they are very good team, deserving of a national championship. There’s a difference between what is being shown on the field and what the boxscore says at the end of it. Chip Kelly isn’t going to drop 100 points on anybody even though he could have against Arkansas State, Tennessee Tech, Washington, and Arizona State. The defense shut down a high-powered Arizona offense. Oregon and Kansas State were set to play this year, but conference realignments and schedule changes messed that up.
If the human polls and computer polls still remain this different about it, then this system obviously doesn’t work. Oregon will have to hope USC and Oregon State continue to win just to get a springboard to hopefully get back to a national championship position.
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