While Oregon Football may not be at the top of the Pac-12 entering the 2017 season, USC jumped Washingon in the Preseason Coaches Poll released on Thursday.
The Pac-12 Media poll ranked Oregon Football 4th in the Pac-12 North and several of the teams ahead of the Ducks are starting the season in the Top 25 of the Amway Coaches Poll. Following USC at 4, Washington comes in at 7, Stanford is 14th and Utah comes in at 25 to begin the season. Oregon did manage some respect following a 4-8 season.
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The Oregon Ducks are high in ‘Others Receiving Votes’ and begin the season unranked 37th. Washington State and Colorado came in at 26th and 27th respectively. The Top Five is standard with Alabama at the top, followed by Ohio State, Florida State, USC and Clemson ranked 5th. The Penn State Nittany Lions begin the season 6th after their narrow Rose Bowl victory loss last season over USC.
If the teams hold true to form, the Pac-12 could come down to a USC Trojans and Washington Huskies showdown in December at Levi’s Stadium. Of course there is a chance if both are undefeated or have one loss, both teams could land a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Oregon will miss USC during the 2017 Regular Season. Washington and USC will also miss a regular season meeting. The Ducks and Huskies will meet November 4th in Seattle. The Ducks will look to restart a decade long winning streak over Washington that ended last season in Eugene with one of the worst home losses Oregon has ever seen at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon Football starts the season on Saturday, September 2nd against Southern Utah(5:15pm PT, Pac-12 Network)