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Ducks 3rd, Beavs 25th in 1st AP Poll

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Just like the USA Today preseason coaches poll, the Oregon Ducks are ranked third and the Beavers are 25th in the first Associated Press poll of the 2013 season.

Coming off their 12-1 season that culminated with a Fiesta Bowl Championship and a No. 2 ranking to end the campaign, this matches the highest preseason ranking for the Ducks.

This is the third straight year where Oregon has opened in the top five.

Oregon opens up the season Aug. 31 at home with Nicholls State.

Defending national champion Alabama is rated No. 1 with 58 of the 60 first-place votes. Ohio State is second.

Stanford is fourth as the Pac-12 has five schools in the top 25, including Oregon State at No. 25. (UCLA No. 21, USC No. 24)

The Beavers begin with Eastern Washington at Reser Stadium on the Aug. 31.

OSU last entered a season ranked in the preseason top 25 back in 2010.

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