Oregon is sitting at No. 3 in the country in Brett McMurphy’s way-too-early Top 25 rankings for the 2024 season.

Georgia is No. 1 in McMurphy’s ranking, as safe a bet as can be made for these sorts of things. Michigan, which will face Washington Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship, is ranked just behind the Bulldogs at No. 2. And then there are Dan Lanning’s Ducks.

It’s a lofty spot for the Pac-12 runner-ups, but it’s hard to argue with. Should Washington prevail in the national title match, Oregon will go into the offseason knowing the only team that beat it in 2023 was the national champ, and it only fell three points shy of that national champ. With Dillon Gabriel taking over at quarterback and so many important pieces announcing their returns, Oregon looks loaded as it heads into the Big Ten.

The offensive line will be anchored by two strong tackles. The pass game returns four of its top five pass-catchers, one of them a 1,000-yard receiver. The running back room looks deep once again.

On defense, Jordan Burch is running it back alongside Jeffrey Bassa, Tysheem Johnson, and Jestin Jacobs. The 2024 signing class features a top-five crop of high school recruits filled with instant-impact potential. The transfer class is seven-deep and growing.

“I think Oregon has cemented itself as a premier program in college football,” Lanning said after the Fiesta Bowl win gave the Ducks their sixth 12-win season in school history.

They’ll have a chance to prove it in 2024 when they face Ohio State, Michigan, and Washington in Big Ten play.

The rest of McMurphy’s way-too-early Top 25 can be found below:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. Oregon
  4. Alabama
  5. Ohio State
  6. Texas
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Arizona
  9. Ole Miss
  10. Missouri
  11. Penn State
  12. Kansas State
  13. Oklahoma
  14. LSU
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Washington
  17. Tennessee
  18. Clemson
  19. Utah
  20. Florida State
  21. USC
  22. Miami
  23. Kansas
  24. NC State
  25. West Virginia