Oregon Football will start the 2022 regular season ranked just outside the top ten of the Coaches Poll, with Utah ranked inside the top ten.
It feels like another year, where the Pac-12 Conference is slighted a bit in the first official poll of the year. The usual suspects are at the top with Alabama, Ohio State, and Georgia in the top three.. One to keep an eye on is Notre Dame at five. The Fighting Irish meet Ohio State on September 3rd, an early test for both programs.
The Pac-12 starts the season with three teams ranked in the top 25 starting with the Utah Utes at No. 8. Oregon begins in a solid spot at 12th, and USC at 15th. That’s three ranked teams entering the season.
Oregon football will have a challenge looking to end the season and the College Football Playoff, but wins and losses by others ahead of them may work in their favor. Two other programs were in the ‘Others Receiving Votes’ category with UCLA coming in 40th in the country. The Oregon State Beavers also received votes, two in total, slotting them at 51st.
While the opening game for Oregon looms large on the calendar, a loss against Georgia may actually benefit Oregon with the Bulldogs being a top three team. The Ducks will have to rebound and find wins most likely the rest of the way.
One benefit is that the Utah Utes are ranked inside the top ten at eight to open the season. If it pans out, Oregon and Utah could easily be a top ten matchup with one team looking at a chance at the College Football Playoff when they meet on November 19th.
With the two former Pac-12 North and South divisions being disbanded this season, the top two teams in the conference will meet in the Pac-12 Championship. Both Oregon and Utah could possibly see each other twice within two weeks and could potentially help their own respective cause to play for a National Championship.
Fall Camp is in full swing for Oregon as they prepare for Georgia. Kickoff for the season opener is set for 12:30 pm Pacific Time on Saturday, September 3rd from Atlanta, Georgia.