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The Oregon Ducks are No. 9 and Oregon State is No. 12 in the latest AP Top-25 poll released Sunday following the Week 7 games in college football.
The Ducks dropped just one spot after their nail-biting defeat at rival Washington, 36-33. Kicker Camden Lewis missed a 43-yard field goal that would have sent the game to overtime as regulation ended.
Oregon is now 5-1 overall, 2-1 in Pac-12 play, and will host Washington State on Saturday at Autzen Stadium (12:30 p.m., ABC).
The Beavers rose three spots after a convincing 36-24 win over then-No. 18 UCLA at Reser Stadium that included another pick-six thrown by Bruins freshman QB Dante Moore. The Beavers improve to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Pac-12 play as they hit the bye week. OSU is next in action Sat. Oct. 28th visiting Arizona in Tucson.
The No. 12 ranking is the highest for an Oregon State team since 2012 when the Beavers were ranked No. 7 in the country following a 6-0 start to the season.
The Pac-12 has five teams ranked in the AP Poll entering Week 8. Washington leads the way at No. 5 after their rivalry win over the Ducks. The Huskies (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) are in the AP Top 5 for the first time since the 2016 season when they went to the College Football Playoff. They received two first-place votes as the best team in the country.
Oregon is the next highest-ranked Pac-12 school at No. 9 after the loss in Seattle. USC, who was No. 10 before losing at Notre Dame 48-20, drops to No. 18 in the poll. The Trojans (6-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-12) host Utah on Saturday.
The Utes (5-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) are up two spots to No. 14 after a home win over California, 34-14.
UCLA (4-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) stays in the rankings after the loss in Corvallis, albeit dropping seven spots to No. 25.
Previous 19th-ranked Washington State got trounced at home by Arizona, 44-6. The Cougars (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) fall out of the rankings just two games after a big win over Oregon State in the conference opener for both teams that resulted in WSU reaching No. 13 in the poll.
Arizona, on the other hand, improves to 4-3 overall, 2-2 in conference play. Similarly to Oregon State, they are on bye this week before hosting the Beavers on Oct. 28th.
The first College Football Playoff rankings don’t come out until Tues. Oct. 31st after the conclusion of Week 9 action.
The Pac-12 Championship Game is set for Fri. Dec. 1st in Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.
This upcoming Week 8 of Pac-12 games includes the No. 9 Ducks hosting Washington State (12:30 p.m., ABC), No. 19 USC hosting No. 14 Utah (5:00 p.m., FOX), No. 5 Washington hosting Arizona State (7:30 p.m., FS1), and No. 25 UCLA visiting Stanford (7:30 p.m., ESPN).
The Cardinal are coming off a shocking 46-43 road win at Colorado in double-overtime despite trailing 29-0 at halftime. Deion”Coach Prime” Sanders’ Buffaloes are on bye this week along with Cal, Oregon State and Arizona.
Don’t miss John Canzano deliver the Bald Faced Truth on the Ducks and Beavers following an action-packed weekend in college football, afternoons 3-6 p.m. exclusively in Portland on 750 The Game.
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