Brigham Young has a No. 4 ranking. Oregon isn't in the Top 25.
But Ducks' Coach Rich Brooks doesn't think it's at all farfetched to expect his team to knock off the Cougars when the two football teams meet Saturday in Eugene."I'm not in awe of BYU," Brooks said Wednesday in his weekly telephone news conference.
"I don't think our team is. It's not like four or five years ago when we didn't have the players to compete with these teams."
Brigham Young (4-0) is a three-point favorite Saturday against a 2-1 Oregon team that came within a few inches of knocking off nationally ranked Arizona on the road last weekend.
"I don't think there's a game we're going to play that we don't have an opportunity to win.
"I think we're a very good football team," Brooks said. "If we play well and don't make the mistakes like we did at Arizona, I think we have an opportunity to win the football game."
The game, to be televised to part of the country by ABC, could be a repeat of last year's shootout in Provo, when Ty Detmer brought the Cougars back from a 19-point second-half deficit for a 45-41 victory.
Oregon's Bill Musgrave passed for a school record 489 yards and Detmer threw for 470, an NCAA record for passing yards and total offense by two quarterbacks in a single game.
"As a spectator, you couldn't have seen a more exciting game than that," Brooks said.
The Oregon coach feels his team is recovering psychologically from last Saturday's heartbreaking 22-17 loss.
The Ducks moved to the Arizona 1 yard line in the final seconds only to fail on a fourth-down play when Musgrave was tackled by Darryl Lewis just short of the goal line.
"There's no question there was a lot of disappointment after the game at Arizona, when we had a chance to pull it out at the end," Brooks said.
"But I think our players have responded well in practice this week and I think emotionally we should be all right."
Brigham Young's defense has given up 447 yards per game.
But Brooks, whose team leads the Pacific 10 Conference in total offense, feels the Cougar defenders are better than a year ago.
As for stopping Detmer and the BYU offense, there are no secret strategies that will work, Brooks said.
"It boils down to technique more than anything," he said. "You can't give them anything they haven't seen. They've seen it all."
The idea is not to give up so many big plays.
"The one thing you can count on against BYU is they can score from anywhere in any amount of time," Brooks said.
"We had a 19-point lead last year and it evaporated as fast as a cup of water in the desert on a 110-degree day."