Another one bites the dust
Arizona 34, Oregon 24.OK, Big 12 Conference football teams, commence rejoicing.And : STOP.Time to get back to work.Yes, No. 2 Oregon's stunning setback against unranked Arizona - aided greatly by a left knee injury to Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Dennis Dixon - makes the Ducks the latest team to be eliminated from the BCS National Championship picture.That's big news for a Big 12 that boasts No. 3 Kansas, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Missouri. If all three win their games Saturday and then OU beats a struggling Oklahoma State squad next weekend, then the Big 12 Champion (the Kansas-Missouri winner vs. Oklahoma) is pretty much guaranteed a spot in the national championship game.But here's the key: No looking ahead.Speculation is part of the fun of college athletics, but that's reserved for fans and pundits. The Jayhawks, Tigers and Sooners can't afford to do that. If this football season has taught us anything, it's that absolutely anything can happen any week.If you think Iowa State's not capable of upsetting Kansas, you're crazy. Same thing if you think Missouri's guaranteed to beat K-State or if you think Oklahoma is untouchable. Nothing is given, and the Big 12 needs the three powers to deliver victories on Saturday to all but lock up two BCS bowl berths and a massive payday.Oregon losing helped the cause, but there's a lot of work left to do.