Ducks Back Among Top 25 in Final Polls

EUGENE, Ore. – Following the University of Oregon's 56-21 Brut Sun Bowl victory over South Florida, the Ducks (9-4, 5-4) earned a spot in the final Associated Press Top 25 of the season, taking over the Bulls' former spot at No. 23.

Oregon was ranked 24th in the USA Today (Coaches) poll. Both finishes are the program's highest since 2005, when the Ducks were 12th in both final indexes.

UO is one of four Pac-10 teams in the final AP poll, behind No. 3 USC and No. 16 Arizona State – two teams the Ducks defeated during conference play – and two spots ahead of No. 25 Oregon State. USC (second) and ASU (13th) were the only other Pac-10 schools in the coaches poll.

Oregon spent seven weeks in the top 10 this past season – its highest total since 2001 – and reached the No. 2 position on Nov. 11 before losing senior quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon to a torn keen ligament.

The Ducks have a balanced corps of returners in 2008 with eight starters on offense and seven on defense slated to be back. Oregon hosts rival Washington to open the season on Aug. 30 at Autzen Stadium.

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