Oregon was the only ranked team to suffer a loss to open the 2019 season.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s agonizing 27-21 last-second defeat to Auburn in Arlington, Texas — the only matchup between ranked opponents last week — the Ducks slid from No. 11 to No. 16 in The Associated Press poll released Tuesday.

The Tigers climbed from No. 16 to No. 10 after overcoming a 21-6 deficit, giving the SEC four teams in the top 10 and six teams in the top 12.

The remainder of the top 25 went 23-0 against unranked teams.

“They’ve been great,” offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said Tuesday of the players’ response in practice this week. “We've really understood this is not a defining moment for the whole season. This is one game, and we’ve got to move forward.

“Our guys bounced back right away.”


Defending national champion Clemson was voted No. 1 again in this week’s poll, followed by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas.

Oregon was the highest ranked team from the Pac-12 in the preseason.

Washington moved down from No. 13 to No. 14 after a 47-14 romp over Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium, and Utah moved up a spot from No. 14 to No. 13 after a 30-12 road win over Holy War rival BYU.

The other Pac-12 teams in this week’s poll are No. 22 Washington State (beat New Mexico State 58-7) and No. 23 Stanford (beat Northwestern 17-7).

The Ducks slid from No. 13 to No. 18 in the coaches poll.

Oregon will try to bounce back against Nevada on Saturday at Autzen Stadium (4:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

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