Oregon’s dominance of an FCS opponent didn’t impress the pollsters.
The Ducks dropped one spot, from No. 15 to No. 16, in this week’s Associated Press college football rankings after Saturday’s 35-3 victory over Montana at Autzen Stadium.
Central Florida leapfrogged Oregon after dismantling Stanford 45-27.
The Ducks (2-1) open Pac-12 play against the scuffling Cardinal (1-2, 0-1 Pac-12) on Saturday at Stanford Stadium (4 p.m., ESPN).
Utah moved up from No. 11 to No. 10 after shutting out Idaho State, also an FCS opponent, 31-0.
The top nine spots — No. 1 Clemson (ACC), No. 2 Alabama (SEC), No. 3 Georgia (SEC), No. 4 LSU (SEC), No. 5 Oklahoma (Big 12), No. 6 Ohio State (Big Ten), No. 7 Notre Dame (independent), No. 8 Auburn (SEC) and No. 9 Florida (SEC) — are unchanged.
The other Pac-12 teams in the poll are No. 19 Washington State, No. 22 Washington, No. 23 California and No. 24 Arizona State. USC was dropped from the rankings after losing at BYU.
This is the first time the Pac-12 has had six teams in the AP poll since 2015.
The Ducks remained No. 17 in the coaches poll.
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