Despite a heart-breaking loss to No. 7 Stanford over the weekend, Oregon moved up one spot in the Associated Press top-25 Poll; checking in at No. 19.
The 38-31 overtime loss to the Cardinal wasn’t as debilitating as expected considering the Ducks dominated much of the game. A few miscues and unlucky bounces eventually led to the Stanford victory but, the entire nation saw what Oregon was capable of when focused.
The Ducks will have another chance this weekend to get a top-25 win when they face No. 24 Cal — it will be Oregon’s first road game of the season.
The game against Cal comes sandwiched between Oregon’s two biggest games of the year — last week against Stanford and next week against No. 11 Washington.
With the Golden Bears entering the rankings, the Pac-12 has four teams ranked in the top-25. All four teams come from the conference’s North Division, making it one of the tougher divisions in all of college football.
Alabama is the clear No. 1 team in the nation as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the Crimson Tide offense among the best in the nation to go with the typical dominant defense.
Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State and LSU round out the top five.
In the Amway Coaches Poll, Oregon dropped one spot to No. 20.