Monday, October 7, 2013

Clemson or Oregon? Who's Got the Inside Track?

Oregon was held to fewer than 60 points by Colorado in a 57-16 victory Saturday night. As a result, the Ducks were severely punished for that indiscretion and dropped to No. 3 in the latest simulated BCS standings.

Oregon fell behind Clemson, which gained just enough vote shares to jump into the slot behind Alabama. The Ducks' computer ratings took a hit after beating lightly-regarded Colorado, as margin of victory has no bearing on the BCS computers.

Florida State also moved up, to No. 5, after destroying previously-ranked Maryland, leapfrogging Ohio State, which also defeated a ranked team in Northwestern, though in less impressive fashion.

This sets up a gargantuan matchup between Clemson and Florida State in two weeks (assuming no #Clemsoning takes place next week against Boston College, while the 'Noles have a bye week), on the eve of the release of this year's initial BCS standings. But before we get to that, a more important question needs to be asked:

Between Clemson and Oregon, if both teams run the table and win their respective conference championships, which is more likely to finish No. 2 behind Alabama?


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