The Ducks were winners without playing a game.

Oregon, which had an open date, moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 in this week’s Associated Press football poll after watching two top-five teams lose Saturday.

Coach Mario Cristobal’s team, which was No. 7 in the first College Football Playoff pecking order, will likely be rising in the selection committee’s rankings Tuesday night.

The Ducks (8-1, 6-0) have won eight consecutive games and can clinch the North Division with a win or an Oregon State loss.

Oregon appears to be headed for a marquee matchup with No. 8 Utah in the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 6 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (5 p.m., ABC).

Penn State fell from No. 4 to No. 9 after its 31-25 loss at Minnesota. The undefeated Gophers vaulted up six spots to No. 7.

LSU is the nation’s new top-ranked team after beating Alabama 46-41. The Crimson Tide slipped from No. 3 to No. 4.

No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson and No. 5 Georgia are the other teams ahead of Oregon in the AP poll.

Auburn, which handed the Ducks their only loss in the opener, is No. 13.

The Ducks, who were also No. 6 in the coaches poll, return to action against Arizona on Saturday at Autzen Stadium (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

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