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It’s official, guys. We’re no longer a football school. We’re a basketball school now.

On Thursday morning, the USA Today preseason coaches poll was released, and Oregon comes in at No. 5 in the nation. This is Oregon’s highest preseason ranking ever in the coaches poll.

Duke (who Oregon beat in the Sweet 16 last year, just in case our East Coast media friends forgot) is ranked No. 1 in the nation to start the year. Kansas comes in at No. 2, defending national champions Villanova are at No. 3 and Kentucky checks in at No. 4

Other Pac-12 teams in the preseason top 25 include Arizona at No. 11 and UCLA at No. 20. California, USC, Colorado, Washington and Utah also received votes.

Here is the full top 25 coaches poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST
1 Duke 0-0 792 27
2 Kansas 0-0 721 1
3 Villanova 0-0 700 1
4 Kentucky 0-0 695 2
5 Oregon 0-0 620 1
6 North Carolina 0-0 614 0
7 Virginia 0-0 596 0
8 Xavier 0-0 552 0
9 Michigan St 0-0 544 0
10 Wisconsin 0-0 487 0
11 Arizona 0-0 468 0
12 Indiana 0-0 435 0
13 Gonzaga 0-0 371 0
14 Louisville 0-0 367 0
15 Purdue 0-0 324 0
16 Connecticut 0-0 239 0
17 Syracuse 0-0 224 0
18 West Virginia 0-0 204 0
19 St. Mary's 0-0 203 0
20 UCLA 0-0 185 0
21 Maryland 0-0 153 0
22 Texas 0-0 124 0
23 Creighton 0-0 113 0
24 Rhode Island 0-0 85 0
25 Cincinnati 0-0 75 0
Others Receiving Votes: Florida State 65; Iowa State 56; California 43; Miami (Fla.) 35; Dayton 34; Oklahoma 33; Seton Hall 24; Texas A&M 22; Notre Dame 18; San Diego State 17; Virginia Tech 16; Wichita State 15; Southern California 14; Butler 14; Ohio State 12; Florida 11; Clemson 11; Colorado 11; Michigan 10; Pittsburgh 7; Georgia 6; Virginia Commonwealth 6; Yale 6; Chattanooga 5; Washington 4; Nevada 3; Kansas State 3; Arkansas 2; Davidson 2; Valparaiso 2; Southern Methodist 1; Utah 1.

Oregon opens the season with their annual exhibition against Northwest Christian on November 7. Their first official game of the year will be at home, on November 11 against Army.