Coaches poll: Oregon preseason No. 3
Oregon and Stanford lead the Pac-12 North Division heading into the preseason, and that's good enough to be ranked Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, in the USA Today coaches' poll released Thursday.
Two-time defending champion Alabama is No. 1. Ohio State, which went unbeaten last season but was ineligible due to NCAA sanctions, is No. 2.
As for the rest of the Pac-12, UCLA is 21st, USC 24th and Oregon State 25th.
No, North Carolina wasn't ranked.
Arizona State was the equivalent of 32nd. Arizona and Washington also received votes.
The SEC led all conferences with six ranked teams, five of which were in the top 10. The Pac-12 and Big Ten had five each.
The six Pac-12 coaches among the 62 voting in the poll this year are Arizona State's Todd Graham, Oregon's Mark Helfrich, Washington State's Mike Leach, Oregon State's Mike Riley, Arizona's Rich Rodriguez and Utah's Kyle Whittingham.
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2014 Pac-12 STANDINGS
1:56 1st Qtr 25 Washington 0 Hawaii 10 3:51 1st Qtr South Dakota 3 3 Oregon 14 Final 7 UCLA 28 Virginia 20 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final Portland State 14 Oregon State 29 Final UC Davis 0 11 Stanford 45 Final Fresno State 13 15 USC 52
Final Idaho State 14 Utah 56 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38 Final Weber State 14 19 Arizona State 45