Zona Zealot Pac-12 Football Power Rankings: Week 7

Oct. 13, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Stepfan Taylor (33) runs the ball as Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

There were no legitimate surprises this week, so the stories for the most part stay the same:

1. Oregon (6-0) Last week’s position: 1

At #2 in the nation and on their bye week, Oregon remains the team to beat. They prepare for ASU next week.

2. Oregon State (5-0) Last week’s position: 2

If the loss of quarterback Sean Mannion was devastating to Oregon State, the Beavers surely aren’t skipping any beats. Backup quarterback Cody Vas threw for over 300 yards and 3 TDs. The Beavers cruise past BYU, 42-24.

3. USC (5-1) Last week’s position: 3

The #13 Trojans were up 24-7 at halftime, and though they didn’t score in the second half, it didn’t matter. USC’s defense would only allow one more touchdown for a 24-14 victory.

4. Stanford (4-2) Last week’s position: 4

After putting up over 50 points against a poor Arizona defense, #17 Stanford could only muster 13 points against #7 Notre Dame. The Irish would score a touchdown in overtime and hold the Cardinal at the goal line for a nail-biting victory.

5. UCLA (5-2) Last week’s position: 6

UCLA produced a well balanced offense (171 yards on the ground and 183 in the air) and scored 21 points to defeat Utah at home.

6. Arizona State (5-1) Last week’s position: 7

Though the Devils have yet to play a solid Pac-12 foe, it is hard to ignore their record. The next four games (Oregon, UCLA, Oregon State, USC) should tell us a lot about this team.

7. Washington (3-3) Last week’s position: 5

Not a lot of games will be won when your team coughs up 4 turnovers and allows a blocked punt to go for a touchdown. Add the fact that USC is your opponent and you might as well throw in the towel. The Huskies beat themselves.

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

Arizona gets a much needed bye week after losing 3 games in a row. A victory against the Huskies next week would be refreshing.

9. California (3-4) Last week’s position: 9

Cal cruises past Washington State, 31-17.

10. Utah (2-4) Last week’s position: 10

Utah made the game interesting against UCLA with a late 4th quarter score to bring it within a touchdown, but couldn’t pull it out. Utah has yet to produce a game on the ground that goes for 100+ yards.

11. Washington State (2-5) Last Week’s position: 11

The Cougars continue to struggle putting up any points in their pass heavy offense.

12. Colorado (1-5) Last week’s position: 12

No surprise here, as the Colorado Buffaloes get thrashed by ASU following their bye week.

Topics: Arizona Wildcats, Pac-12

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