5. Oregon Ducks (4-3) Last Week: 2
After reaching as high as No. 13 in the AP Top-25 polls, the Oregon Ducks dropped completely out of the latest polls after back-to-back losses to Texas Southern and Houston.
Both losses came in tightly contested games that Oregon was highly favored in, with the Ducks losing by five against the Tigers and four against the Cougars.
The two losses put into perspective how poor the Ducks’ 4-3 start has been after being tabbed the preseason favorite to win the Pac-12 championship.
While it’s hard to point out a glaring flaw on this talented roster, the main issue holding the team back has been slow starts. In Oregon’s last game against Houston, the Ducks allowed the Cougars to dominate the first half as they led 37-18 at the break.
Despite outscoring Houston in the second half by a margin of 43-28, the comeback was not enough as the Ducks dropped their second straight game.
The one true bright spot on the team has been freshman center Bol Bol, who has had a phenomenal start to the season.
Bol has scored in double digits in all seven games on the year, averaging 21.6 points per game, 9.6 rebounds, and blocking 20 shots on the defensive end.
The Ducks will look to use the most of Bol Bol’s talents as they finish out non-conference play against three teams below .500 in Nebraska Omaha (3-5), two matchups against Boise State (2-5), and Florida A&M (2-7). Oregon will also only face two teams above .500 in San Diego (6-2) and Baylor (5-3).