OREGON BEGINS FALL CAMP RANKED NO. 13 – Ducks Find Themselves in the Preseason Coaches Poll
Coming off a nine-win season under first-year head coach Mario Cristobal, Oregon will open the 2019 campaign ranked No. 13 in the Amway Coaches Poll that was unveiled on the eve of the Ducks’ first practice of fall camp.
It marks the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that the Ducks will open the season ranked either in the coaches poll or in the Associated Press Top 25. Five Pac-12 teams cracked the top 25, while four of Oregon’s opponents on the 2019 schedule are in the preseason poll.
For the first time since 2011, the Ducks will open the season against a ranked opponent when they face No. 16 Auburn in the 2019 AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. to open ABC Saturday Night Football’s 14th season while the matchup will also be featured on ESPN’s College GameDay.
Highlighted by Heisman hopeful quarterback Justin Herbert, Oregon returns 10 starters on the offensive side of the ball, which is tied for the most in the nation. On defense, the Ducks bring back seven starters led by senior linebacker Troy Dye, who enters the season with the most career tackles (313) among Power 5 players.
Oregon’s combined 17 returning positional starters is tied for fourth nationally.