The University of Oregon has been a staple of the Associated Press national rankings for most of the past three years, and is a regular part of the Top 5 among national voters.
Oregon's offense played a solid, although not spectacular, role in Saturday's 49-0 trouncing of Arizona at Autzen Stadium. The team's defense returning two interceptions for scores did plenty to help voters move the Ducks up from No. 3 past LSU and it's lame 12-10 victory over unranked Auburn.
Oregon is doing its part rather routinely to stay on track to the Pac-12 title game. That game, though, is a week after ... the Civil War, which hasn't been much of a game for some time. Oregon State hasn't been much of a threat to the Ducks recently, but that seems to have changed in the past month because of OSU's defense. OSU has played well enough that it is a threat entering Week 5 to win the Pac-12 North.
27-20 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl and on ABC, the Beavers showed
off they can beat a nationally-ranked team for the second time this
season, and with a dominating defense that gave up only a few big plays -
not consistent drives.
Both Oregon and OSU earned rankings
Sunday, Oregon up one spot to No. 2 and the Beavers moving from a few
votes to No. 18 showing that much of the nation paid attention to not
only the final score, but how the final score of Saturday's game came
OSU's got a defense and a savvy offense that can put together consistent drives.
the two Oregon schools together, and you can start to look at their
schedules and ponder thatNov. 24 game - Oregon at Oregon State. The
Civil War. Will that be the game that sends an Oregon school to the
Pac-12 title game for the second-straight year?
Stanford appears as the main test having moved to No. 8 after its win over No. 3 USC two weeks ago.
USC dropped to No. 13, but looks like the team that will win the Pac-12 South and be the opponent in the title game.
UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State all received votes in the poll Sunday.
gives the Pac-12 North a trio of ranked teams and a pair of exciting
contests: OSU at Stanford, Nov. 10, and Nov. 17, Stanford at Oregon.
The Pac-12 Title game will be played Dec. 1.