Joe Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
Either Stanford or Clemson might finish the season unbeaten and ahead of Oregon in the Bowl Championship Series standings at the end of the regular season, but after last week, I don’t see how Oregon is not No. 2.
The Cardinal (3-0) had a relative struggle at Army a week ago, a 34-20 win, and picked up another 14-point win, 42-28 at home against Arizona State on Saturday.
Stanford coach David Shaw has never really cared about style points, just wins, but there’s no denying there’s a beauty-pageant element to the Top 25.
Clemson (3-0) looked nothing like the second-best team in the country in Thursday’s 26-14 win at N.C. State. Quarterback Tajh Boyd was off, the Tigers looked rattled on their first road trip of the season and there was the matter of whether the officials wiped a touchdown off the board for N.C. State.
You start trying to find alternatives at No. 2, and that leads to the Ducks (3-0), who had the week off but their 59-14 win over Tennessee last week was enhanced by the Vols’ 31-17 loss at Florida.
We probably won’t know more about Oregon until Oct. 12, when the Ducks travel to Washington. Clemson’s next test doesn’t come until Oct. 19 against Florida State.
Stanford gets the upstart Huskies at home on Oct. 5, but until the top teams start playing tougher games, it’s a matter of style points.
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