Ducks Move Up To No. 9, Beavs Down To No. 19 In Latest AP Poll

By 750 The Game Staff

The Oregon Ducks moved up one spot in the AP Top-25 after their 42-6 shellacking of Colorado to open Pac-12 play. The Ducks check in at No. 9 in the poll, two spots behind the Washington Huskies (No. 7), and one spot behind the USC Trojans (No. 8) who fell three spots in the poll after a 42-28 win at Arizona State.

Utah checks in at No. 10, one spot behind Oregon, after their 14-7 home win over then-No. 22 UCLA. The Utes are 4-0 with wins over Florida, Baylor, and the Bruins. They visit Oregon State this week (Fri., 6:00 p.m., FS1).

Speaking of the Beavers, they slipped five spots in the poll to No. 19 after their 38-35 road loss at Washington State. The Cougars in turn moved up five spots to No. 16 in the rankings with the win.

Colorado (No. 19 last week) and UCLA (No. 22) both dropped out of the Top-25 with their respective losses.

The Pac-12 still has six teams in the AP Top-25, including four in a row from No. 7-10. It is the first time in conference history that four teams are ranked inside the top ten.

Friday night’s Utes-Beavers showdown in Reser Stadium is by far the best conference matchup of the upcoming Week 5. Other matchups include No. 9 Oregon at Stanford, No. 8 USC vs Colorado, Arizona State at Cal, and No. 7 Washington at Arizona. Washington State and UCLA have bye weeks.

Oregon has a bye after this week’s game at Stanford (3:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network), then visits rival Washington for a season-defining game on Oct. 14th in Seattle. The Huskies will similarly be coming off a bye week following their game this Saturday night at Arizona (7:00 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

The two-time reigning national champion Georgia Bulldogs remain No. 1 in the poll, followed by Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, Florida State, and Penn State before the run of Pac-12 programs begins with Washington at No. 7.

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