Ducks No. 3 in USA Today pre-season poll, Beavers No. 25

The Oregon Ducks will start the season as the No. 3 team in the country in the USA Today coaches' poll.

The Ducks come in behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State.

The Crimson Tide was an overwhelming top choice, receiving 58 of 62 first-place votes. The Buckeyes were second and received three first-place votes. Behind Oregon is Stanford is 4, Georgia is five and No. 6 Texas A&M received the other first-place vote.

Half the top 10 is from the Southeastern Conference, which has won the last seven national championships, including three in the last four years by Alabama.

In addition to Oregon and Stanford, three other Pac-12 teams made the top-25. Oregon State landed the No. 25 spot, while UCLA took the No. 21 spot and USC took the No. 24 spot.

In the rest of the top ten, South Carolina is No. 7, Clemson is No. 8, Louisville is No. 9 and Florida is No. 10.

Notre Dame, which lost the BCS title game 42-14 to Alabama last season, is No. 11.