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Oregon Ducks still eligible for Preseason AP Poll despite delayed season

Oregon Ducks

One week ago, the Pac-12 unanimously decided to delay all fall athletics until 2021 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Big Ten joined the Pac-12 in its decision.  

As of now, the SEC, Big 12 and ACC all plan to play this fall with the SEC releasing its all-conference schedule Monday evening. 

However, Oregon still may be ranked this fall ahead of the college football season. 

The Associated Press stated it "asked its voters to consider all Division I teams when filling out their ballots, so the preseason poll is expected to include teams from conferences that have decided not to play this fall" on Friday.

Once games start being played, only teams playing that fall season will be eligible to be ranked. 

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“The preseason poll has always been a speculative ranking of teams based on last year’s results and knowledge about the new makeup of teams,” said Michael Giarrusso, AP’s global sports editor. “This year, we think it is crucial to give all the teams and all their fans a snapshot look at what the Top 25 would have been to open the season.”

Oregon was ranked No. 9 nationally in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. 

The Ducks are coming off a 12-2 finish to Cristobal’s second season as head coach, as well as beating Utah in the Pac-12 championship game and finishing off the season with a dramatic Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. Oregon finished No. 5 in the final Associated Press poll. 

 

Oregon has been ranked in the preseason AP Top-25 in 11 of the previous 12 seasons with its lone snub before the 2017 season. 

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