Part of me is happy that we have Oregon football, and rankings, again — not that we read that much into them this early. However, the Ducks outside the top 10? Depending on how well the first few weeks can go, that could go either age well or horribly.
Overall, the Pac-12 is again being disrespected in the college football world. Some have them as the fifth-best conference in college football. It’s not all bad, however.
At the top of the opening Coaches Poll are the usual powerhouse schools with Alabama and Clemson at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Ohio State starts the season No. 4. Both Oregon and Ohio State will start the season with unseasoned quarterbacks with Justin Fields graduated and moved on and the Ducks with announced starter Anthony Brown.
Brown has started in his career and even had a few games last season that saw him start and succeed. From what I have heard, Brown has settled into the role of starter throughout the offseason and has also spent time with some of the Ducks’ wide receivers one on one to build some offseason chemistry.
For the Pac-12, the first Coaches Poll of the season saw three ranked teams with Oregon coming in at 12th, the USC Trojans open the season at No. 14, and fellow Pac-12 North foe Washington starts the season at No. 21. Utah, Arizona State, UCLA, and Cal were all just outside the top 25. The Golden Bears managed just a single vote in the poll.
The Associated Press opening poll of the season will be out over the weekend. I expect the Ducks may be closer to the Top 10, if not just inside the top 10 to open the season
Oregon Football is entering the second week of fall camp. The Ducks open the season on Sept. 4 and kickoff is set for 11 a.m. PST from Autzen Stadium.