Oregon St. #25 In Preseason USA Today Coaches' Poll

Oregon St. will start the season in the top 25 in the eyes of the USA Today Coaches Poll. - Photo by Andy Wooldridge

Oregon St. made it into the USA Today Preseason Coaches' Poll released today, at #25. The Beavers are the last of 5 Pac-12 teams ranked.

Alabama easily topped the poll, with 58 of 62 first place votes (yes, only half of the coaches have their Sports Information Directors submit a ballot), with Ohio St. second.

Oregon and Stanford are next, at #3 and #4, with Georgia rounding out the top 5.

UCLA checks in at #21, and USC is just ahead of the Beavers, at #24.

So the Beavers will face 3 teams in the initial top 25.

Boise St. is the other team from the west that is ranked, with the Broncos coming in at #19.

Arizona St. leads the Pac-12 contingent in the also receiving votes, and placed #32. Arizona has 5 points, and Washington 3.

Here's the complete poll:

RANK TEAM 2012 RECORD POINTS 2012 SEASON ENDING RANK
1 Alabama (58) 13-1 1545 1
2 Ohio St. (3) 12-0 1427 NR
3 Oregon 12-1 1397 2
4 Stanford 12-2 1262 6
5 Georgia 12-2 1250 4
6 Texas A&M (1) 11-2 1215 5
7 South Carolina 11-2 1136 7
8 Clemson 11-2 1047 9
9 Louisville 11-2 1010 13
10 Florida 11-2 930 10
11 Notre Dame 12-1 872 3
12 Florida St. 12-2 844 8
13 LSU 10-3 797 12
14 Oklahoma St. 8-5 726 NR
15 Texas 9-4 622 18
16 Oklahoma 10-3 620 15
17 Michigan 8-5 589 NR
18 Nebraska 10-4 426 23
19 Boise St. 11-2 420 14
20 TCU 7-6 400 NR
21 UCLA 9-5 202 NR
22 Northwestern 10-3 186 16
23 Wisconsin 8-0 172 NR
24 USC 7-6 165 NR
25 Oregon St. 9-4 135 19
Schools Ranked at the End 2012 Season Not Ranked
No. 11 Kansas State (11-2), No. 17 Utah State (11-2), No. 20 Vanderbilt (9-4), No. 21 San Jose State (11-2), No. 22 Cincinnati (10-3), No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-2), No. 25 Tulsa (11-3).
Others Receiving Votes
Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.

It's an important start for the Beavers, who have a favorable first half of the season schedule, and being ranked will make it easier to climb the ladder with wins than it typically is for those starting outside the top 25.

30 days until the Beavers begin their quest for another top 25 year, against Eastern Washington.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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