After Saturday’s massive 30-27 overtime victory over hated-rival Washington, the Ducks continued their climb up the AP rankings. Oregon is now ranked No. 12 — up five spots — in the latest release of the AP Poll.
CJ Verdell ran for 111 yards and two scores on 29 carries in leading the Ducks to the win. Wide receiver Dillon Mitchell had his third consecutive 100-yard receiving game, finishing with eight catches for 119 yards and a touchdown.
With the loss, Washington drops eight spots to No. 15.
New to the ranking is Washington State, Oregon’s opponent on Saturday. The Cougars had a bye last week but saw their stock rise after multiple upsets. That gives the Pac-12 three ranked teams, all of which come from the North division.
Colorado dropped out of the rankings after the loss to USC while Stanford and the Trojans are ranked 26th and 27th based on votes received.
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 their typical dominant defense. But, Tagovailoa left Saturday’s game with what head coach Nick Saban is calling a “tweak” in his knee.
Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame and LSU round out the top five.
LSU had the biggest jump of the week, moving up eight spots after its victory over then-ranked No. 2 Georgia. The Bulldogs dropped to No. 8 after the loss. Altogether, four top-10 teams lost on the weekend.
Oregon moved up six spots in the Amway Coaches Poll, now checking it at No. 11