It's really coming down to the final couple of weeks. The home stretch. No more digging for any sort of story to discuss and dissect over and over and then some more. No more polls and speculation on who will win what job. The only more Vernon Adams stories that we'll get will be if he is the starter or not. This is it. And to mark the coming of the long, hot, and what feels like a never ending summer, the AP Poll released their preseason rankings.
The rankings are what you would expect. Defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes (not putting THE because it's obnoxious, annoying, and I hate it) are #1 to the absolute surprise of no one. Rounding out the top 5 are TCU, Alabama, Baylor, and Michigan State. Oregon comes in right outside the top 5 at #7.
I am ok with the ranking that the Ducks are at. Do I think they should be in the top 5? Of course. However, losing the best player in school history, who happened to play the most important position, and to lose Thomas Tyner will create some areas of concern. Especially when the two players to may start at quarterback (which, hans't been announced still) both do not have any real experience starting at this high of level. The Ducks can prove all of the doubters (haterz?) wrong early in the season, as they travel to East Lansing to face the #5 ranked Spartans on a Saturday night showdown on ABC.
You can check out the full top 25 list, and argue why it's wrong ( I think Tennessee and Arkansas being ranked is a little more due to hype), here.
Here's to hoping the Ducks make another run for the title.