Oregon’s 53-30 rout of Stanford Saturday night has vaulted the Ducks three places to the No. 4 spot in the Bowl Championship Series standings, behind LSU, Oklahoma State and Alabama. Stanford, No. 4 last week, fell to No. 9.
The Ducks skipped past Oklahoma, which is fifth this week, on the strength of the big win in Palo Alto. Oregon is fourth across the board in all three components — Harris poll, USA Today coaches poll and computers.
Now the big question for Oregon fans is whether the Ducks could nose ahead of Alabama and into a potential national-title game with LSU if Oklahoma State loses a game and falls out of the picture. The Ducks could get a boost this week by beating USC, which is No. 18 in AP (but not included in the USA Today or BCS rankings, because of its probation). Alabama finishes with Georgia Southern and a game at Auburn (24th in the BCS this week) and could be hurt by not playing in the SEC title game.
ESPN analyst Brad Edwards says the Crimson Tide “seems to have control of its destiny.”