AP Poll: Ducks climb to No. 17 after bye week

Oregon moves up to No. 17 — setting up Saturday's game with No. 7 Washington

Two weeks ago, the Ducks moved up in the national rankings after a heart-breaking loss to then-ranked No. 7 Stanford. Oregon appears to still be in the AP Poll committee’s good graces as the Ducks have continued to climb up the rankings after having a bye week last week.

In the latest rankings release, Oregon is up to No. 17.

The Ducks will have a chance continue their rise when they host No. 7 Washington this weekend in Autzen. It will be Oregon’s second time facing a top-7 opponent this year and third time against a top-25 squad. The Ducks are 1-1 in those games but could easily be 2-0 if not for a total collapse (and a fee bad bounces) against the Cardinal.

Stanford has dropped from the national rankings, leaving the Pac-12 with three ranked teams. With last week’s victory, Colorado is now ranked No. 19.

Alabama is the clear No. 1 team in the nation as quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the Crimson Tide offense among the best in the nation to go with their typical dominant defense.

Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame round out the top five.

The Irish have moved into the top five for the first time all year after back-to-back victories over ranked teams, including last week’s win over Virginia Tech.

Stanford and Washington State are both receiving votes yet sitting at 27 and 28 in the country.

In the Amway Coaches Poll, Oregon moved up one spot to No. 17.