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Ducks among top teams in the nation according to ESPN’s 2024 SP+

The offseason is often spent with various outlets putting out their preseason rankings based on movement across the sport and new-look rosters entering spring football. Different metrics are used, from eye test to returning production to FPI.

One of the most well-respected metrics, though, is ESPN’s SP+, which is a rating system that combines several factors: Returning Production, Recent Recruiting, and Recent History.

Here is how ESPN’s Bill Connelly explains it:

1. Returning production. The returning production numbers are based on rosters I have updated as much as possible to account for transfers and attrition. Combine last year’s SP+ ratings and adjustments based on current returning production numbers, and you’re pretty far down the projections road.

2. Recent recruiting. This piece informs us of the caliber of a team’s potential replacements (and/or new stars) in the lineup. It is determined by the past few years of recruiting rankings in reverse chronological order (the most recent class carries the most weight). Beginning last season, I also began incorporating transfers — both the quality and the volume — into the recruiting rankings part as well.

3. Recent history. Using a sliver of information from previous seasons (2-4 years ago) gives us a good measure of overall program health. It stands to reason that a team that has played well for one year is less likely to duplicate that effort than a team that has been good for years on end (and vice versa), right?

With all of that being said, here’s a look at where the Oregon Ducks rank in the newly updated SP+ ratings that came out on Wednesday morning.

Georgia Bulldogs

Overall SP+ Rating: 34.5

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 1

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 1

Ohio State Buckeyes

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 30.1

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 2

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 2

Oregon Ducks

Photo Courtesy of Ethan Landa

Overall SP+ Rating: 29.3

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 3

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 3

Texas Longhorns

Overall SP+ Rating: 28.7

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 4

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 4

Michigan Wolverines

Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 27.0

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 13

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 6

Alabama Crimson Tide

Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 26.6

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 9

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 8

Penn State Nittany Lions

Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 25.6

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 8

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 13

Ole Miss Rebels

Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 25.2

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 6

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 5

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Overall SP+ Rating: 24.1

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 5

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 10

LSU Tigers

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 23.5

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 12

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 12

Missouri Tigers

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 21.8

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 7

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 9

Florida State Seminoles

Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 20.0

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 15

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 14

Texas A&M Aggies

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 19.0

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 25

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: Not Ranked

Oklahoma Sooners

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 18.9

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 14

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 11

Tennessee Volunteers

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 18.4

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 16

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 17

Clemson Tigers

Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 18.0

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 19

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 16

Utah Utes

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Overall SP+ Rating: 16.4

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 10

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 7

Kansas State Wildcats

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 14.4

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 20

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 18

Arizona Wildcats

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 14.4

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 11

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 22

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Nathan J. Fish-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 13.1

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 17

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 15

Miami Hurricanes

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 12.3

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 24

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 23

Iowa State Cyclones

Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 11.7

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: Not Ranked

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: Not Ranked

USC Trojans

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 11.5

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: Not Ranked

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: Not Ranked

Louisville Cardinals

Overall SP+ Rating: 11.4

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: No. 21

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: No. 21

Wisconsin Badgers

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Overall SP+ Rating: 11.0

ESPN Top-25 Ranking: Not Ranked

Ducks Wire Top 25 Ranking: Not Ranked

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire