The Oregon Ducks have rebounded in a big way since their season-opening 40-27 defeat to the LSU Tigers. The Ducks have since reeled off nine straight wins and have firmly reasserted themselves back into the BCS discussion. Coming off of a huge 53-30 victory over the previously undefeated Stanford Cardinal, the Ducks find themselves projected to play in the Rose Bowl in the latest edition of the 2011 bowl projections by SB Nation's very own Bill Connelly.
Connelly has Oregon running the table and ending the year with a 12-1 record and a Pac-12 title in hand. He places the Ducks in the Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers (projected to finish 11-2 as the Big Ten champion).
Of course, Oregon may not be satisfied with such a result. After handling Stanford in Palo Alto last weekend, the Ducks feel ready to take on any team in the country-, ncluding LSU. Oregon can certainly make a case for a rematch with the Tigers in the national title game if both teams close the year with all wins.
However, Connelly projects the Oklahoma St. Cowboys to remain undefeated through the end of the year (12-0) and claim the second spot in the national championship game opposite the undefeated Tigers. Should the Cowboys stumble, the Ducks and Alabama Crimson Tide could make cases as the nation's top one-loss team.
For now, Oregon will focus on closing out the regular season with victories over the USC Trojans and Oregon St. Beavers. College football fans and Ducks fans alike will have a better sense of Oregon's postseason berth by the conclusion of the Nov. 26th match-up against the Beavers.