The long-term forecast looks good for the Ducks, with the Pac-12 generally rated tougher than the ACC.
Ohio State is still fourth in the standings after its 63-14 victory against Penn State. The Buckeyes' remaining games are against Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, and are in great shape for a Big Ten champion game appearance, too. Still, the Buckeyes probably need two of the teams ahead of them to lose to move up.
Stanford is fifth in the standings, followed by unbeaten Baylor and Miami.
Fresno State, in 16th-place, and Northern Illinois, in 17th, are maneuvering to become the final BCS busters, in this the last year of the Bowl Championship Series.
Fresno State, from the Mountain West Conference, or NIU, from the Mid-American Conference, can earn an automatic BCS bid by reaching the top-12 in the final BCS standings. Both will likely need to remain unbeaten to have a shot.
One of them could also get an automatic bid if it finishes in the final top-16 and is ahead of one of the champions from the automatic qualifying conferences.
Louisville, in 19th place, and Central Florida, in 23rd place, are currently the highest ranked American Athletic Conference teams in the standings.