Thearon W. Henderson
The Ducks top the AP and Coaches' Polls for the first time since 2010
Alabama's loss to Texas A&M created an opening at the top of the college football polls, and the Oregon Ducks climbed through that opening following their 59-17 victory over the California Golden Bears.
Oregon received 45 of a possible 60 first place votes in the AP Poll. #2 Kansas State received 14 first place votes, and #3 Notre Dame received one. Alabama and Georgia round out the top five. It marks the eighth week that the Ducks have topped the AP Poll, also doing so for a three week stretch in 2010.
The Ducks also topped the Coaches' Poll, netting 44 of 59 first place votes in that metric. The remainder of the top five is the same as the AP, except the coaches have Georgia at #4 and Alabama at #5.
The Pac-12 has four other teams in the rankings. In the AP, Stanford checks in at #14, Oregon State at #15, UCLA at #17, and USC at #21.
If the Harris Poll, which comes out later today, were to match these two at the top, it would mark the end of worry regarding the BCS standings for Oregon fans, as it would be practically impossible for the #1 team in both human polls to finish lower than second in the BCS. Instead, Duck fans can worry about a decimated defensive line that must face two top-15 teams in the next two weeks.