The AP Top-25 preseason poll was released Monday and it features five teams from the Pac-12 with the Oregon Ducks leading the way.
The Ducks are the No.11 team in the preseason poll, with their North division rival Washington Huskies two spots below them at No.13, and the media Pac-12 favorite Utah at No.14.
Washington State appears at No.23, and the Stanford Cardinal are No.25.
The Ducks will face four teams from the preseason Top-25 poll including a season-opening showdown with No.16 Auburn on August 31st from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Clemson is the No.1 team in the preseason poll for the first time in program history, with Alabama (No.2), Georgia (No.3), Oklahoma (No.4) and Ohio State (No.5) rounding out the top tier.
Six through ten includes the likes of LSU (6), Michigan (7), Florida (8), Notre Dame (9) and Texas (10.)
The full AP Top-25 preseason poll is:
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Penn State
- Michigan State
- Iowa State
- Washington State
Missouri led the category of “others receiving votes” with 117 (24 fewer than Stanford), followed by Army, Mississippi State, Miami (FL), Northwestern, TCU, Virginia, Boise State, Cincinnati and South Carolina.
More from the University of Oregon athletics press release:
EUGENE, Ore. – For the 11th time in the last 12 years Oregon will open the year ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Ducks came in at No. 11 in the preseason AP Poll released on Monday morning.
The No. 11 AP ranking is Oregon’s highest to open a season since 2015, while the Ducks are 12-3 all-time in season openers when ranked. Oregon came in at No. 13 in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll that was unveiled on Aug. 1.
For the first time since 2011, the Ducks will open the season against a ranked opponent when they face No. 16 Auburn in the 2019 AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. to open ABC Saturday Night Football’s 14th season while the matchup will also be featured on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Auburn is one of four opponents on Oregon’s schedule in the preseason AP Poll. Three of the four games are on the road or at a neutral site.