Oregon jumps FSU in BCS Standings; thoughts going forward

If Oregon and Florida State finish unbeaten, who has the edge to play for a National Championship?

10/28/13 in NCAAF   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Oct 26, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) throws the ball against the UCLA Bruins at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY SportsIn the latest BCS standings, the Oregon Ducks jumped Florida State into the second spot.

Oregon played a close game for 30 minutes against No. 12 (at the time) UCLA, but poured it on in a dominating second half that resulted in a 42-14 rout.

Florida State on the other hand just manhandled NC State for the first half (led 42-0), but didn't pour it on and won 49-17. Bobby Bowden would've won the game 73-10. 

This week FSU will host No. 7 Miami. If you haven't already done so please read my thoughts on this game here... Now should the Seminoles be in position to run up the score, it will be in their best interest to do so. 

With Oregon on their bye week, Florida State is likely to jump back into the second spot with a convincing win against the Hurricanes. The numbers may be as close as ever should FSU squeak one out.

In two weeks Oregon will visit Stanford. This is the game that is going to determine Oregon's fate. An Oregon win, regardless the score, there is likely no chance for the Seminoles to see the second spot again this season, should both schools run the table.

When you look at the current BCS top ten, a lot is being said with Stanford sitting ahead of an unbeaten Miami and a one loss Clemson. Clearly Oregon and Florida State is a wash in regards to conference comparison. 

Oct 26, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Stanford Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan (8) looks to pass the ball during the 1st half against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsHowever, what the current standings tell you is that despite the ACC having three schools in the top ten as opposed to two for the PAC-12, Stanford is viewed as a superior team, and the PAC-12 is viewed as the superior conference.

Virginia Tech's loss to Duke this past weekend didn't help the ACC at all. In fact, the ACC is flooded with mediocrity, whereas the PAC-12 has more depth. 

It also doesn't help Florida State that Clemson plays in the same division, because another win over Miami or Virginia Tech most likely won't do as much as another win over the Tigers in the ACC Championship game.

At the end of the day, Oregon's win over Stanford will be looked at as a far more significant accomplishment than anything Florida State will achieve. But is that fair?

Florida State could have wins over Clemson, Miami (perhaps twice) or Virgina Tech, and oh yeah, lets not forget about their season finale against Florida. At the moment the Gators would need to turn their season around for that win to mean much for FSU. 

And all this becomes moot if either gets upset. Should both schools do finish unbeaten, this debate as to who deserves a shot at the National Championship will never end.

Yes, I know a team sits ahead of them in the standings that could also lose, which could then result in Oregon and Florida State squaring off in the BCS title game. 

As I said in my previous article--anybody but Ohio State!!!!
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