Ducks begin the season ranked No. 24 in Associated Press top-25 Poll

Oregon one of four Pac-12 teams ranked

Oregon is back among the top 25 teams in the nation, according to the Associated Press top-25 poll when the Ducks checked in at No. 24 to begin the 2018 season.

Released Monday morning, Oregon received 148 votes, putting the Ducks solidly ahead of No. 25 LSU (106 votes) yet decently behind No. 23 Texas (216 votes). This is the first time Oregon has been ranked in the top-25 since the third week of the 2017 season, when the Ducks were ranked No. 24. They lost to Arizona State the following week, dropping them out of the poll for the rest of the season.

The Ducks figure to stay in the polls through the first few weeks this year with three non-conference games being played at home against inferior opponents.

But Oregons schedule ramps up towards the end of September with a difficult three-game gauntlet. The Ducks host No. 13 Stanford on September 22 before traveling to face Cal on September 29. Then following a bye week, Oregon returns home October 13 for a huge showdown with No. 6 Washington. The Ducks arent favored in either of those games but winning two of three could really set Oregon up for the rest of the season.

Washington was the leading vote getter in the Pac-12, checking in at No. 6, followed by Stanford at No. 13 and USC at No. 15.

Alabama is No. 1 in the nation, with Clemson, Georgia, Wisconsin and Ohio State rounding out the top-5.

Oregon begins its season on September 1 when it hosts Bowling Green at 5 p.m.