Ducks No. 2 in BCS, #1 in AP ranking

Ducks No. 2 in BCS, #1 in AP ranking

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BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Oregon Ducks scrambles with the ball against the California Golden Bears in the second quarter of an NCAA College football game at California Memorial Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on November 12, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 2:37 PM

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Do you think the Ore. Ducks will be competing for the national title this season?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kansas State and Oregon are now on course to play for the BCS national championship. After Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the new BCS standings have the Wildcats (.9674) first and the Ducks (.9497) second.

Notre Dame (.9396) is third, not too far behind, but most likely in need of a loss by Oregon or Kansas State to reach the title game on Jan. 7 in Miami.

The Ducks were ranked No. 1 in both the AP and USA Today Coache's polls.

As for Alabama's run at three championships in four seasons, and the Southeastern Conference's string of six straight BCS titles, both need help to continue.

On Saturday, the Ducks traveled to Berkeley to battle a surprisingly tough Cal team. After a tight first half, the Ducks pulled away for another big win, their 10th of the season and 13th straight dating back to last year.

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Oregon State was ranked No. 16 in the BCS poll. The Beavers traveled to Palo Alto Saturday to take on the Stanford. The Cardinal jumped out to a quick 14-0 first quarter lead but then the Beavers clawed their way back, forcing four turnovers on their way to retaking the lead. But the Cardinal turned OSU's only turnover into a fourth-quarter go-ahead touchdown.

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