Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 9/12/13
It’s time for the Oregon Ducks to get off the fence. Are they going to step up and join the true elite of college football or are they going to remain a highly ranked team that piles on more doubters as the years progress? In spite of beginning and ending consecutive seasons ranked in the top 5 in BCS polls, the Oregon Ducks are consistently a target for college football pundits who point out the weakness of their schedule.  I’ve got to say, the haters have a point. To say the Ducks play a weak schedule is an understatement. They began the season ranked 113th in difficulty of schedule. That’s below Bowling Green (107th),Central Michigan (87th) and Pac-12 rival Stanford (27th). For a team currently ranked third in the nation, this seems a bit incongruous. The major contributing factor in the Ducks’ easy schedule remains out of their control. They are required to play nine conference games against Pac-12 teams. Other than the recent emergence of Stanford as a powerhouse,...
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