September 29, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (2) and Brandin Cooks (7) celebrate after Wheaton scored a fourth quarter touchdown against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

Zona Zealot Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 5

With two road victories against two tough teams, Oregon State is proving to be a much tougher opponent than most originally thought.

1. Oregon (4-0) Last week’s position: 1

Though Washington State made it interesting in the first half, Oregon did what it does best, turning on the burners in the second half and never looking back. Ducks cruise 51-26.

2. USC (3-1) Last week’s position: 3

USC had the week off, but move up due to Stanford’s loss.

3. Oregon State (3-0) Last week’s position: 5

Oregon State proved itself a real contender with a 38-35 victory over Arizona, their second consecutive win in the Pac-12 on the road. Before the season started, many (myself included) thought that the Beavers would once again be near the bottom of the Pac, but their maturity is proving otherwise.

4. UCLA (4-1) Last week’s position: 4

UCLA rebounded from their loss to Oregon State last week with a 42-14 victory over the lowly Colorado Buffs. The Bruins stay put at #4

5. Stanford (3-1) Last week’s position: 2

Stanford’s offense continued to struggle–putting up only 235 yards of offense and one touchdown–and Washington did just enough against the tough Cardinal defense to pull off the upset. Even worse for Stanford, the Cardinal had two weeks to prepare for Washington–their bye week was last week.

6. Washington (3-1) Last week’s position: 7

Washington’s two touchdowns late in the second half were just enough to pull off a 17-13 upset over Stanford. The hero of the night was Bishop Sankey, who ran 144 yards on 20 carries, including a 61 yard touchdown run at the end of the third quarter.

7. Arizona State (4-1) Last week’s position: 8

Arizona State continues to prove itself as a solid team, defeating Cal 27-17 on the road. Quarterback Taylor Kelly threw for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns.

8. Arizona (3-2) Last week’s position: 6

Arizona’s thin defensive squad proved just how thin it really is last night, giving up 613 yards to the Beavers and failing to stop OSU’s winning drive. Though Arizona’s offense kept pace with the Beavers, a missed field goal, two turnovers and some stupid penalties were the difference in this game. It doesn’t get any easier for Arizona, who has Stanford on the road next week.

9. Utah (2-2) Last week’s position: 9

Utah didn’t play this week. They stay put.

10. California (1-4) Last week’s position: 10

Though California has had a tough schedule in the first five weeks of play, their 1-4 record to start things off spells trouble. Quarterback Zach Maynard was 9 for 28 and threw for just 126 yards. That will not cut it in this conference.

11. Washington State (2-3) Last Week’s position: 12

Washington State put on a tough fight against Oregon for the first half, but were too one dimensional (410 yards in the air, -8 on the ground) to keep pace for four whole quarters. After losing to Colorado last week, the Cougars get some respect back by battling it out against the best team in the country. They get their #11 spot back.

12. Colorado (1-4) Last week’s position: 11

Colorado continues to struggle without any offense to speak of.

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