Ducks still at 7 in BCS

The Oregon Ducks finished their season 10-1 with the only loss coming to No. 1 ranked USC and as the BCS standings came out, Oregon is still 7th in the rankings despite No. 8 Notre Dame's escape over a 5-and-6 Stanford Cardinal, 38-31. Oregon destroyed the Cardinal earlier in the season, 44-20, Stanford was the third common opponent between Oregon and Notre Dame. While the Irish beat Washington (2-9) 36-17 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, the Ducks drilled the Huskies 45-21 at Autzen Stadium.

Oregon's Demetrius Williams is lifted after scoring by teammates Max Unger, left, and Josh Tschirgi during the first quarter of their game with Washington, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005, at Autzen Stadium, in Eugene, Ore. Oregon defeated Washington, 45-21. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The Fighting Irish, playing on the road last Saturday, needed a touchdown in the last minute of the game by running back Darius Walker to defeat Stanford.

Both Notre Dame and Oregon fell to USC in home games. The Trojans squeaked by the Irish, 34-31, but handed the Ducks their only loss of the season in a dominating second half performance, 45-13. Notre Dame also lost this season to Michigan State, 44-41. Michigan State ended its season 5-6 and out of post-season action.

USC (11-0) and Texas (11-0) remained in the top two spots and in fact there was no movement of position from 1-to-12.

Ohio State (9-2) is ranked just ahead of Oregon but the teams did not share a common opponent this season. OSU's two losses were to Texas, 25-22 and to Penn State, 17-10.

USC will face No. 12 UCLA (9-1) at the L.A. Coliseum this Saturday in a game that would completely shake up the bowl picture if the Bruins knock off the Men of Troy.

The BCS Rankings:

1. USC (11-0)
2. Texas (11-0)
3. Penn State (10-1)
4. LSU (10-1)
5. Virginia Tech (10-1)
6. Ohio State (9-2)
7. Oregon (10-1)
8. Notre Dame (9-2)
9. Miami (Fla.) (9-2)
10. Auburn (9-2)
11. West Virginia (9-1)
12. UCLA (9-1)
13. Georgia (9-2)
14. TCU (10-1)
15. Alabama (9-2)
16. Texas Tech (9-2)
17. Florida (8-3)
18. Wisconsin (9-3)
19. Michigan (7-4)
20. Boston College (8-3)
21. Louisville (8-2)
22. Northwestern (7-4)
23. Oklahoma (7-4)
24. Georgia Tech (7-4)
25. Fresno State (8-3)

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