Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 25, Oregon

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 25, Oregon

Coach: Mario Cristobal

2017 record: 7-6

Projected 2018 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Oct. 13 vs. Washington

Bowl trip: Foster Farms

Why No. 25: Quarterback Justin Herbert is ready to become the latest in a long line of star quarterbacks in Eugene, a line that includes Marcus Mariota, Dan Fouts and Joey Harrington. Herbert went 6-1, throwing 15 TD passes and just five interceptions to go along with 1,983 passing yards in just eight games. ... Cristobal, a former coach at Florida International, walked into a great situation after working as head coach in the Las Vegas Bowl. Seven starters return on each side of the ball. ... The middle of the offensive line returns. So do two receivers, including talented Dillon Mitchell. ... On defense, end Jalen Jelks is back after recording 6 1 / 2 sacks. ... Linebacker Troy Dye is the top returning tackler. ... The nonconference schedule is built for a 3-0 start. The Ducks play Stanford and Washington in the first third of the Pac-12 season. Both games are in Eugene.

Last year's ranking: No. 24