Today, the Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 poll, and the Oregon Ducks check in at No. 5 overall in the nation.
This is Oregon’s highest ever preseason ranking in the AP Top 25. According to this archive, Oregon’s previous best preseason ranking was No. 11.
The Duke Blue Devils, who Oregon defeated in the Sweet 16 last year, opens the year as the No. 1 team in the nation, in large part due to their loaded freshmen class that includes four 5-star recruits.
Other Pac-12 schools in the rankings include Arizona (No. 10) and UCLA (No. 16). Other schools receiving votes were California, Colorado and Washington.
Oregon opens their season on November 11 in Eugene against Army.
Here is the full AP Top 25 to start the season:
|Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 110, Dayton 98, Florida State 88, California 74, San Diego State 48, Miami 35, NC State 29, Butler 21, Wichita St 21, Ohio State 18, Virginia Tech 18, Florida 18, Texas A&M 14, Mississippi State 14, Oklahoma 11, Colorado 10, Michigan 8, Monmouth 7, Notre Dame 6, Washington 5, Seton Hall 5, Princeton 2, Ohio 1, Vanderbilt 1, Harvard 1|