I'm no Oregon apologist, honestly, but who else are they going to put that high?
Oregon has gone 11-2 (2013), 12-1 (2012), 12-2 (2011), 12-1 (2010), and 10-3 (2009, Ohio State beat them in the Rose Bowl...
Very few programs have that kind of consistent success over the last 5 years. Sure, they often blow it in the biggest game, but sadly the same is often said about tOSU. I think the biggest reason why they are ranked that high is because Mariota is coming back.
Maybe they shouldn't be Top 3 but realistically who else would they put there? And if not #3, where should they realistically be ranked? They have finished the last 4 years ranked in the Top 10 at the end of the season... Like I said, I'm not a fan of Oregon football or all of the hype they get, but at the same time I can't look past the success they have had in recent years, though they have blown it in big games. If Ohio State deserves to be in the Top 10 after 2013, I'm not sure how someone can argue Oregon doesn't deserve that either.
A lot of programs would love to have done what Oregon did the last 5 years (57-9)