Unbeaten Oregon (3-0) moved into the AP Top 25 at the No. 24 spot on Sunday. It’s great to be recognized, but the Ducks aren’t satisfied. Following a sizzling start to his UO coaching career, head coach Willie Taggart has his team focused on the next game.
Oregon demoralized Wyoming 49-13 in Laramie on Saturday. The defense suffocated NFL quarterback prospect Josh Allen to the tune of 9-for-24 passing and 64 yards. The Duck offense accumulated 558 total yards, including six rushing scores. UO was 7-for-7 in the red zone.
After a blowout Week 1 victory vs Southern Utah, 77-21, the Ducks were beginning to make waves. A 42-35 Week 2 win against Nebraska was overshadowed by a scoreless second half. Nevertheless, the Ducks remain undefeated heading into Week 4.
The Top 25 began to open up Saturday following the losses of six ranked teams:
AP TOP 25 FREEFALL
#12 LSU, L 37-7 vs Mississippi State
#14 Louisville, L 47-21 vs Clemson
#18 Kansas State, L 14-7 vs Vanderbilt
#19 Stanford, L 20-17 vs San Diego State
#20 Tennessee, L 26-20 vs Florida
#25 UCLA, L 48-45 vs Memphis
The Ducks are not satisfied with being ranked. Oregon knows the road only becomes tougher with their Pac-12 opener on the horizon. A target is now squarely on the back of the yellow and green. Nevertheless, it’s yet another step in the right direction.
“I think there is a sense of confidence and swag amongst our team all the time,” said Taggart after the victory over Wyoming. “Our guys are getting better each and every week. That’s what you want from your football team. It’s great to see.”
No. 24 Oregon (3-0) will open their Pac-12 Conference schedule with a trip to Arizona State (1-2) against the Sun Devils on Saturday. In their fifth Pac-12 game last season, the Ducks won their first conference contest against ASU, 54-35, at Autzen Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. PT from Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.