Ducks remain at No. 2 after scare from WSU

After an unexpectedly close game with Washington State, Oregon lost some ground on top-ranked Florida State, but remains at No. 2 in the AP poll.

The Ducks picked up 12 first-place votes, five less than last week, and are joined in the top-five by No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Auburn.

With the other four ranked Pac-12 teams on byes this weekend, there was little movement. UCLA moved up one spot to No. 11, No. 15 Arizona State and No. 16 Stanford held firm, and USC dropped one spot to No. 18 because of Mississippi State's win against LSU.

Taking into account the others receiving votes category, the other ranked teams in the conference would be: No. 31 Utah, No. 32 Washington, No. 37 Arizona and No. 39 (tied) Oregon State.

The marquee game of the week in college football will take place on Thursday when UCLA travels to Arizona State in a game that could see dueling backup quarterbacks. Arizona State has already announced Mike Bercovici will play in favor of Taylor Kelly, who suffered a right foot injury last week against Colorado. UCLA hasn't been willing to divulge anything about the status of Brett Hundley, who left the Bruins' win against Texas last week with an elbow injury, but the Heisman candidate practiced Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Oregon dropped one spot to No. 4 in the Coaches Poll, which also includes No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 Arizona State, No. 14 Stanford and No. 22 USC. Washington, Arizona, Oregon State and Utah are also receiving votes.