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Oregon remains in AP Poll Top 10 after splitting first conference play weekend

Oregon remains in AP Poll Top 10 after splitting first conference play weekend

After splitting its first Pac-12 conference play weekend with a loss at Colorado and a win over Utah, the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team (12-3, 1-1 Pac-12) remained in the AP Poll Top 10, landing at No. 9. The Ducks were previously ranked No. 4 before the weekend. 

Let’s recap Oregon’s Pac-12 conference opening weekend on the road at Colorado and Utah.

COLORADO - The curse of Boulder.

Colorado and Utah joined the Pac-12 conference in 2011 and since then, the Oregon Ducks have never won in Boulder, CO. 

2011-12: L, 71-72

2013-14: L, 91-100

2015-16: L, 87-91

2016-17: L, 65-74

2018-19: L, 51-73

2019-20: L, 65-74

Senior guard Payton Pritchard lead the way for the Ducks with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. Oregon closed the Colorado gap several times but in the end, the Buffs went on a 10-2 run to close out the Ducks. Oregon also shot poorly from three-point range hitting just 3-for-18.

UTAH - Bloody-nosed Pritchard

It wasn’t because of the 4,226 feet elevation that Payton Pritchard’s nose started bleeding in Salt Lake City. No, it was pure hustle and grit from the senior point guard that lifted Oregon past the Utah, 69-64.

Against the Utes, Pritchard recorded 19 points, five assists and four rebounds. Junior guard Chris Duarte and sophomore guard Will Richardson added 14 points a piece. Something to note as well, redshirt senior and sharp-shooter Anthony Mathis had zero points on 0-for-2 from the field and 0-for-1 from three-point range in 22 minutes of play. It wasn’t his night shooting the ball.

UP NEXT: The Ducks return home to host Arizona on Thursday. Tip-off set for 6 p.m. (PT)

Oregon Ducks move up in AP Poll after major upsets in top 25

Oregon Ducks move up in AP Poll after major upsets in top 25

The Oregon Ducks (5-1, 3-0) moved up from No. 13 to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after thumping Colorado 45-3 in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Or.

Oregon’s fifth straight win improves the Ducks to 3-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2013 and preserves their spot at the top of the North Division with zero conference losses.

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It was a wild week in the top 25. Among the ranked teams to lose were then No. 3 Georgia, No. 7 Florida and No. 11 Texas.

Oregon remains the top-ranked Pac-12 team, followed by No. 13 Utah, No. 17 Arizona State and No. 25 Washington, who moved back into the top 25 this week. The Ducks will play rival No. 25 Washington in Seattle at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday Oct.19.

In the Pac-12:

  • Washington Huskies come back from halftime deficit to beat Arizona, 51-27
  • Zack Moss lead Utah to a rout of Oregon State, 52-7, in Corvallis.
  • Notre Dame rode Troy Jones' 176 yards to a 30-27 victory over USC.
  • Arizona State rallied to beat Washington State 38-34.

Oregon moves up in Top 25 after dominating Nevada

Oregon moves up in Top 25 after dominating Nevada

The Oregon Ducks (1-1) moved up one spot to No. 15 to in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after dominating Nevada 77-6 in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. 

In the Amway Coaches Poll, the Ducks moved up a spot to No. 17.

Oregon's offense rolled to make a strong statement that dates back a decade. The win marked the 10th straight home opener that Oregon scored 50 or more points. The Ducks’ 77 points tied a program modern era record and the Autzen Stadium scoring record.

The Ducks will play three more teams ranked in the poll: road games against No. 23 Washington and No. 24 USC while hosting No. 20 Washington State.

In the Pac-12: 

Greg Thomas kicked a 17-yard field goal with eight seconds left as California beat then-No. 14 Washington, 20-19. The game ended early Sunday due to a more than 2 ½ hour delay because of severe weather.

USC freshman Kedon Slovis passed for 377 yards and three touchdowns touchdowns in his first start and the Trojans rolled to a 45-20 victory over then-No. 23 Stanford. The Trojans jumped into the top 25 at No. 24. 

Tyler Huntley led then- No. 13 Utah past Northern Illinois 35-17. The Utes moved up to No. 11. 

Washington State Cougars dominated Northern Colorado, 59-17.

 

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Pac-12 movement in the AP Top 25 Poll

Pac-12 movement in the AP Top 25 Poll

After losing to Utah, 32-25, Oregon (6-3, 3-4 Pac-12) remains unranked in the latest AP Top 25 poll. The victory sent the Utes up to No. 21.

Two more Pac-12 teams rose in the rankings. Washington State moved up two spots to No. 8 after beating Colorado 31-7. The 9-1 Cougars jumped No. 9 Ohio State, who beat Michigan State on Saturday.

No. 17 Washington, who enjoyed its bye week, also moved up three spots.

Oregon's final home game vs. Arizona State will kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

How the Pac-12 faired in the AP Top 25 Poll

How the Pac-12 faired in the AP Top 25 Poll

After beating UCLA 42-21, Oregon remains unranked in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. 

The Ducks dropped from No. 19 to unranked following its 44-15 loss in the desert to Arizona last week. The Ducks grinded out a victory in front of a roaring Autzen Stadium crowd, improving to to 3-3 in conference play and 6-3 overall and becoming bowl eligible. At their highest, the Ducks were ranked No. 12 in week eight after beating rival Washington. 

The Pac-12 North has two teams in the top 25; No. 10 Washington State and No. 20 Washington. The Cougars held off Cal in a 19-13 victory and the Huskies beat Stanford 27-23. 

Rounding out the Pac-12, Utah fell from No. 16 to unranked after losing to Arizona State.

Around the nation: Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and No. 1 Alabama made it look easy in 29-0 win at No. 4 LSU.

 

Ducks drop out of Top 25

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Ducks drop out of Top 25

The latest AP poll left the Ducks out of the Top 25. Oregon dropped from No. 19 to unranked following its 44-15 loss in the desert to Arizona. 

The crowd was full of Halloween costumes but the scariest thing in Arizona Stadium was the Oregon offense.  Once a Pac-12 North Division contender, the Ducks have lost two consecutive road games and fallen to 2-3 in conference play and 5-3 overall. At their highest, the Ducks were ranked No. 12 in week eight after beating rival Washington. 

The Pac-12 North had four ranked teams entering the weekend and only one remains; No. 10 Washington State. Oregon, Washington and Stanford all lost.

Rounding out the Pac-12, Utah is ranked No. 16 after crushing UCLA, 44-10. 

Not only did the Pac-12 see major upsets, nationally 11 ranked teams lost.
Up next for the Ducks; UCLA and Chip Kelly return to Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 3 for a 4:30 pm kickoff.

Ducks drop in Top 25, remain ranked

Ducks drop in Top 25, remain ranked

The Ducks (5-2, 2-2 Pac-12) moved from No. 12 to No. 19 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, after losing to then No. 25 Washington State at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash.  The Cougars soared  to No. 14 after the 34-20 victory. 

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The Ducks' defeat takes their Pac-12 North division title dreams out of their control but UO could still have a 10 win season. 

In the Pac-12: Utah dominated USC for a 41-28 win in key Pac-12 South clash. No. 15 Washington beat Colorado, 27-13. UCLA topped Arizona, 31-30 in Chip Kelly's second straight victory with the Bruins. Utah moved to No. 23 and Stanford moved to No. 24, Washington remains at No. 15. 

Around the nation: Ohio State dropped from No. 2 to No. 11 after being upset by Purdue, 49-20. Clemson beat NC State, 41-7. 

Rivalry kickoff time set: Oregon vs. Washington

Rivalry kickoff time set: Oregon vs. Washington

No. 18 Oregon will host No. 10 Washington at 12:30pm on Saturday, October 13th. 

The rivalry game will be televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2. The final decision is made by the networks after the Oct. 6 games are played. 

I know what you are thinking... Is there any chance ESPN's college game day will return to Eugene? 

I'm not sure. They do visit sites two times in one season. However, week seven of college football also includes:

-No. 2 Georgia plays at No. 5 LSU 

-No. 16 Wisconsin at No. 15 Michigan (Michigan hasn't hosted GameDay since 2015). 

Oregon is looking for its first win against Washington in the last three seasons.

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Oregon ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP Poll

Oregon ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP Poll

For the first time since week four of 2017, Oregon has landed on the Associated Press Poll. The Ducks start the Mario Cristobal era ranked as No. 24 in the preseason AP Poll.

Pac-12 teams that made the cut in the AP Poll Top 25 include No. 6 Washington, No. 13 Stanford and No. 15 USC. 

Alabama is just the second team to be ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll for three straight seasons. Alabama received 42 out of 61 first-place votes.

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Oregon moves up to No. 6 in AP

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Oregon moves up to No. 6 in AP

After their last two home games this season, the now No. 6 Oregon Ducks moved up one spot in the AP polls this week. Oregon also jumped up one spot to No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches poll. Oregon still joins No. 4 Arizona and No. 5 UCLA as the only three teams representing the Pac-12 conference in the national rankings since week 10 (USC then ranked No. 25).

Conference standings remain the same as well with Arizona (25-3, 14-1 Pac-12) leading the way, followed by Oregon (24-4, 13-2 Pac-12), and then UCLA (24-3, 11-3 Pac-12).

Oregon rounds out the rest of the conference on the road at California on Thursday (18-8, 9-5 Pac-12 and currently sitting fourth in the league), at Stanford (13-13, 5-9 Pac-12) on Saturday and finishing at Oregon State (5-23, 1-14 Pac-12) for the second chapter of the Civil War this season on March 4th. 

One game to keep an eye on and set the DVR for is February 25th when Arizona hosts UCLA.