The first Associated Press poll of the regular season was released on Tuesday and the Oregon Ducks firmly hold onto the number three slot which gives the game this week with number seven Michigan State some additional meaning. It is the first matchup of top ten teams for the Spartans since 1966 and fans will be in for a hot one at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, not just because of the possible chess match on the field, but temperatures are expected to crest ninety-five degress by gametime making for a miserable afternoon weather wise.
Aside from the forecast Oregon picked up five first place votes following their win last week against South Dakota. The Alabama Crimson Tide came in at number two to Florida State who edged out Oklahoma State in a game with a dramatic ending 37-31.Oregon is the highest ranked Pac-12 team with several other key conference matchups this week likely shaking up the rest of the Pac-12 in the polls this week.
The Stanford Cardinal, ranked thirteenth face USC, ranked fourteenth on Saturday at 12:30 Pacific Time for what could be a battle for second place in the Pac-12 Conference in the end. I realize it is early, but a Stanford win would be better for Oregon heading into the matchup in November. An undefeated Cardinal team facing a potentially undefeated Oregon team has more weight, of course.
Other teams in the AP Top 25 this week include UCLA(11th) and Arizona State(17th), Washington fell out of the poll this week despite their win at Hawaii last week.
Oregon and Michigan State take the field at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, September 6th at 3:30pm Pacific Time. The game will be broadcast on FOX.