'I think the team is very much taking this in stride'

'I think the team is very much taking this in stride'

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks are No. 1 with the humans - and No. 2 with the computers.

Either way, if the team wins a few more days, they'll be on their way to Miama, Fla.

"I'm really hopeful," said fan Marc Gonzales. "I'm going to Miami, if we're going."

The Ducks are No. 2 in the BCS rankings and No. 1 in The Associated Press and other polls.

Around campus Monday, Ducks were quacking about what that could mean: a second trip to "The Natty" in three seasons.

At the least, the Ducks are looking at a fourth straight trip to a BCS bowl in Chip Kelly's fourth season as head coach.

"I think it's great," said Nick Kohler, a UO grad. "I think it's good fun and it'll make this weekend pretty exciting around here, so I'm looking forward to it."

"It'll be fun to go to the national championship," added Zoey Garland, "if we keep winning."

That "if" is spelled spelled Stanford. The Cardinal visits Autzen Stadium on Saturday fresh off a victory over Oregon State.

ESPN College GameDay will be on campus, too, broadcasting live to the East Coast from the early morning hours on the Oregon quad. That is the same location as last year in what will be the show's 7th visit to Eugene.

"We've seen an increase in sales when GameDay is here, a lot more excitement for the game because people get up early come down," said Katie Conway, marketing team leader at the Duck Store. "They want to see all Kirk Herbstreit and all the guys here."

Everybody in the Oregon community is getting excited - well, almost everybody.

"Well I think obviously fans, students, faculty, staff - we're all very excited for the team," said Phil Weiler, a UO spokesman, "although interestingly enough, I think the team is very much taking this in stride. They are looking at it one game at a time. They don't want to get caught up in the hype and the excitement."