With summer upon us, Mark Schlabach has released his last way-too-early top 25 before August, and includes the Oregon Ducks at No. 19.
Schlabach has released new TET25s throughout the offseason, updating the list after national signing day and the end of spring practice. Here's his latest report on the Ducks:
2015 record: 9-4, 7-2 Pac-12
Returning starters: 6 offense, 5 defense, 2 special teams
Key losses: OT Tyler Johnstone, G Matt Pierson, QB Vernon Adams Jr., DE DeForest Buckner, LB Joe Walker, LB Rodney Hardrick, WR Bralon Addison
Post-spring outlook: Unlike last season, when graduate transfer Vernon Adams Jr. arrived late and was still handed the starting quarterback job, the Ducks appear to have an ongoing battle heading into the summer. Montana State grad transfer Dakota Prukop is already on campus, and he looked pretty good in the spring game, completing 20 of 29 passes for 190 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. However, redshirt freshman Travis Jonsen will probably push him into preseason camp; Jonsen completed 15 of 24 passes for 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the spring game. The Ducks must replace three starting offensive linemen. On defense, former Michigan coach Brady Hoke unveiled his 4-3 scheme. He'll have to replace five of the Ducks' starting linemen and linebackers from a year ago, and safety Charles Nelson is now focused on playing wide receiver.
Alabama and Clemson fill the top two spots. Other teams of note include Stanford (No. 7), USC (11), Washington (16), UCLA (22) and of course Oregon State (not ranked).