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Ducks ranked No. 3, Beavers ranked No. 25 in first football poll

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The Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 3 and the Oregon State Beavers are ranked No. 25 in the first USA Today Coaches Poll of the college football season.

Alabama, the defending national champion, is No. 1, followed by Ohio State at No. 2.

The Ducks will be playing their first season under new head coach Mark Helfrich this fall. Oregon opens the season Aug. 31 in Eugene against Nicholls State. Their biggest competition in the conference figures to come from Stanford, who is ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll.

The Beavers are hoping to continue their resurgence from last year when they went 9-4. They open the season Aug. 31 in Corvallis against Eastern Washington.

USA Today Coaches Poll:

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Oregon

4. Stanford

5. Georgia

6. Texas A&M

7. South Carolina

8. Clemson

9. Louisville

10. Florida

11. Notre Dame

12. Florida State

13. LSU

14. Oklahoma State

15. Texas

16. Oklahoma

17. Michigan

18. Nebraska

19. Boise State

20. TCU

21. UCLA

22. Northwestern

23. Wisconsin

24. USC

25. Oregon State

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