The Ducks were among a bit of shuffling at the top of the poll as the Alabama Crimson Tide moved up from No. 2 to No. 1, the USC Trojans moved from No. 3 to No. 2 and the LSU Tigers dropped from No. 1 to No. 3, even though all three teams won in convincing fashion. The difference was the Trojans and Tigers basically won tune-up games while the Crimson Tide blew out then-No. 8 Michigan.
The Crimson Tide earned 37 first-place votes while the Trojans (14), Tigers (7) and Ducks (1) all received votes as well.
The only other Pac-12 team ranked is No. 21 Stanford.