By Matt Natali
Perhaps the best chance for Ohio State to move up in the BCS rankings comes from Oregon’s remaining schedule. The No. 3-ranked Ducks (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) have three Top 25 teams left, starting with No. 12 UCLA this week.
The Bruins (5-1, 2-1) suffered their first loss of the season last week against No. 6 Stanford to the tune of 24-10 and are looking to get back on track in Eugene, Ore. This week’s matchup (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) is the highlighted game of the week for self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader” as College GameDay pays a visit to the Pacific Northwest.
UCLA has lost the last four matchups with Oregon and nine of the last 11. UCLA and Oregon did not play each other last season.
Speaking of Stanford, Oregon travels to Palo Alto on a short week next week for another ESPN primetime tilt on Thursday, Nov. 7 (9 p.m. ET). The Cardinal (6-1, 4-1) had a 27-21 misstep at Utah before knocking off UCLA last week.
Stanford has only beaten Oregon three times in the BCS era, but two of those wins have come in the last four meetings, including last season’s 17-14 overtime win to oust Oregon from a conference title and national championship contention.
Despite the Utah blemish, Stanford has the best shot at clipping the Ducks this season.
Not to be overlooked, No. 25 Oregon State travels to Oregon to wrap up the regular season Nov. 29 in the annual Civil War. Oregon has won five straight in the series.
The Beavers host Stanford to Corvallis this Saturday (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).