TUCSON, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Runningback LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks carries the football on a 19 yard rushing touchdown past linebacker Derek Earls #40 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The Ducks defeated the Wildcats 56-31. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Oregon Ducks were ranked No. 5 in the 2012 AP Preseason poll.
The Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 5 in the AP Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Ducks are the only member of the top five to not receive a first-place vote. No. 1 in the rankings went to the USC Trojans, followed by the Alabama Crimson Tide, the LSU Tigers, Oklahoma and then the Ducks.
The ranking is consistent with the No. 5 spot Oregon earned in the 2012 Preseason Coaches' poll and a step down from the No. 4 ranking in SB Nation's Blogpoll. The team appears not to have benefited from LSU's dismissal of star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, but a new, post-Mathieu Blogpoll is due out soon.
The release of each poll means we move closer and closer to the start of the season. Oregon football kicks off Sept. 1 when the Ducks play host to Arkansas State.
Others Receiving Votes: Notre Dame 83, Washington 55, Auburn 53, North Carolina 32, Utah 30, Georgia Tech 25, BYU 22, Tennessee 15, South Florida 11, Baylor 9, Texas A&M 5, UCF 4, Cincinnati 3, Missouri 3, N.C. State 3, Houston 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Mississippi St. 1, N. Illinois 1.