College Football Rankings: Oregon Ducks No. 5 In AP Preseason Poll

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.

RANK TEAM 2011 RECORD POINTS PV
1 USC (25) 10-2 1,445 6
2 Alabama (17) 12-1 1,411 1
3 LSU (16) 13-1 1,402 2
4 Oklahoma (1) 10-3 1,286 16
5 Oregon 12-2 1,274 4
6 Georgia 10-4 1,107 19
7 Florida St. 9-4 1,093 23
8 Michigan (1) 11-2 1,000 12
9 South Carolina 11-2 994 9
10 Arkansas 11-2 963 5
11 West Virginia 10-3 856 17
12 Wisconsin 11-3 838 10
13 Michigan St. 11-3 742 11
14 Clemson 10-4 615 22
15 Texas 8-5 569 NR
16 Virginia Tech 11-3 548 21
17 Nebraska 9-4 485 24
18 Ohio St. 6-7 474 NR
19 Oklahoma St. 12-1 430 3
20 TCU 11-2 397 14
21 Stanford 11-2 383 7
22 Kansas St. 10-3 300 15
23 Florida 7-6 214 NR
24 Boise St. 12-1 212 8
25 Louisville 7-6 105 NR

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.

Stick with SB Nation Seattle for more on Oregon Ducks preseason football. For all things Ducks, check out Addicted to Quack.

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