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2011 Bowl Projections: Oregon Vs. Stanford Will Have Rose Bowl Implications

Now that LSU vs. Alabama has come and gone, there's only one true super-matchup remaining in the 2011 BCS regular season. The 9-0 Stanford Cardinal will host the 8-1 Oregon Ducks on Saturday, and that game will directly affect the participants in the 2012 Rose Bowl if not the BCS Championship Game.

Both Stanford and Oregon are undefeated in Pac-12 play, and Saturday's game will be a chance for the Ducks to move into a tie for first place atop the Pac-12 North. If Stanford wins, however, they could find themselves in second place on the BCS standings and looking at a trip to the BCS Championship game. That would leave the BCS searching for a replacement Pac-12 team to compete in the Rose Bowl, and Oregon has a great chance of filling that slot even if they should lose to Stanford. Long story short: although this is still a crucial game for both teams, Oregon could potentially come out of this game just fine even if they should lose.

Meanwhile, the Washington Huskies are still projected to play in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl thanks to their hot start. Their loss to the Ducks on Saturday was factored into the prediction that they would finish at 8-4.

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