Oregon Football: Ducks make impressive move in AP Top 25, Pac-12 well represented

Puddles the mascot of Oregon Ducks (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
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Oregon football is climbing back up the AP Top 25, and the Pac-12 is also showing good representation in the polls.

It is only approaching Week 4, but the Ducks are not far off from where they started the season before facing the Georgia Bulldogs on the road, moving up ten spots to No. 15 following their win over BYU.

Oregon football is among two one-loss Pac-12 teams in the poll this week with Utah just ahead of them at No. 12. Over the coming weeks, the number of ranked teams in the conference of champions will begin to dwindle as conference play begins in full force this week and some undefeated teams will in the coming weeks have a loss. (see Washington State and USC on November 8th).

This was a good week for the Pac-12 with a total of four ranked teams — USC, Utah, Oregon, and Washington — along with two in the ‘receiving votes’ category with Washington State and Oregon State both undefeated on the year so far.

It was a little surprising that Washington was ranked as they are with a home win over Michigan State from the Big Ten, where just a few weeks ago Washington State went on the road and had a more impressive win over the Wisconsin Badgers and barely garnered anything in the ‘other votes’ category. It is more of a Top 30 matchup this week as the Ducks visit Washington State.

It is a surprise with some close calls and no fans that the UCLA Bruins are 3-0 and receiving no love from anyone. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson is responsible for 662 yards through the air and six touchdowns to just one interception so far this season.  The Bruins head into Boulder to take on a winless Colorado team on Saturday.

Other games of note include 13th ranked Utah visiting a 1-2 Arizona State team who fired Herm Edwards following a 1-2 start. The Stanford Cardinal will get back-to-back night games visiting the Washington Huskies on Saturday night on FS1.

The Cardinal will then play Oregon in Eugene the following week at 8 pm on the same network. The Cardinal are 1-1 on the year and Washington is currently 3-0 and looking good at home after taking care of Michigan State last week.

Oregon State and USC have had some key games over the last few years and I expect the Beavers will be as prepared as possible for their home matchup with the Trojans on Saturday night in Corvallis.

Oregon visits Washington State on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 pm Pacific Time on FOX.

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