It appears we’ve reached the point in the season where Oregon will need some help if it wants to climb any higher in the national rankings.

For the second straight week, the Ducks are No. 8 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY AFCA Coaches polls released Sunday morning. 

It is essentially the same top eight in both polls as last week, with the one exception being Tennessee moving from No. 3 into a tie for No. 2 with Ohio State in the AP poll.

Ahead of Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12), which cruised past California 42-24 in Berkeley Saturday for its seventh straight win, are the remaining six undefeated teams and one-loss Alabama. Until one of them loses — and assuming Oregon keeps winning — the Ducks might be stuck where they are.

Oregon running back Noah Whittington (22) runs the ball against California Saturday.

Leading in both polls is No. 1 Georgia (8-0), which walloped Oregon 49-3 in the season opener.

Also in the top eight of the AP/USA TODAY polls are No. 2/2 Ohio State (8-0), No. 2/3 Tennessee (8-0), No. 4/4 Michigan (8-0), No. 5/5 Clemson (8-0). No. 6/6 Alabama (7-1) and No. 7/7 TCU (8-0).

The loss for the Crimson Tide came against the Volunteers on a field goal as time expired two weeks ago.





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