EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 26: Running back De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs down the sidelines with a pass reception in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks won the game 49-21 and clinched the Pac-12 North Division. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
The Oregon Ducks ended up with a sparkling 2011 season. Following Saturday's games, they're expected to move up in the BCS rankings one last time.
The Oregon Ducks have had a spectacular 2011 season, and a great week. On Friday, they knocked off the UCLA Bruins en route to winning the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game and wrote their own ticket to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Thanks to some key losses in the top 10 of the BCS on Saturday, they're expected to make one final move up the rankings in the final poll of the year.
Virginia Tech and Houston both lost on Saturday, ensuring that the No. 9 Ducks will move up at least two spots in the final rankings. While they sit at No. 8 in the AP poll, they could find themselves sitting in the Top 5 tomorrow.
It's been a largely unpredictable year for many teams in the NCAA, but the Ducks were able to live up to many pre-season expectations of taking the Pac-12 Championship. Although losses to LSU and USC may have cost them their shot at a potential appearance in the National Championship Game, by all measures 2011 was a solid success for Oregon.
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