Jan 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas (5), left, and coach Chip Kelly react after the 2012 Rose Bowl game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl. Oregon defeated Wisconsin 45-38. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Oregon Sits at Fifth on Preseason Coaches' Poll


Yesterday, the first college football preseason poll was released. Three teams are among the top elite and it includes a Pac-12 team with a pair of SEC schools.

Unfortunately, the Oregon Ducks isn’t one of those top three programs. But they remain on the heels of the elite as they came in fifth place with no first place votes. LSU took the top spot with 18 first-place votes in the poll; Alabama came in second with 20 votes and USC rounded it out with 19 votes. Together, the trio had 57 of the 59 coaches selecting them as the top program in the country.

Oklahoma had one first place vote and finished at fourth. Florida State was the final team that received a first-place vote and they are slotted at seventh. Georgia finished ahead of them at sixth.

The SEC dominated the top 10 (unsurprisingly) with five teams. The other two that haven’t been mentioned are South Carolina at ninth and Arkansas right after. Only the Pac-12 has at least one more team in the mix.

Stanford is the only other team in the top 25, checking in at 18th. Among the BCS qualifying conferences, the SEC had the most teams in the pack with seven, the Big 12 had six, the Big Ten had four, and the ACC tied the Pac-12 with three. Louisville was the highest Big East team to receive any votes.

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