There was some crazy action this week with two substantial upsets which shake the rankings up a little:
1. Oregon (8-0) Last week’s position: 1
Oregon played the Colorado Buffaloes. Enough said.
2. Oregon State (6-1) Last week’s position: 2
Oregon State beat Washington in every category except turnovers, and that one category lost the Beavers the game. At 6-1, however, we still think OSU belongs in this spot.
3. Stanford (6-2) Last week’s position: 4
It wasn’t pretty, but Stanford’s defense once again saved the day with a pick six and ten sacks, defeating Washington State 24-17. Stanford’s offense continues to struggle, however, and it won’t be too long before the Cardinal’s defense becomes unable to save the day for them every time.
4. Arizona (5-3) Last week’s position: 6
Arizona probably should have lost to the Trojans, but their refusal to give up during crucial moments and their commitment to playing four full quarters paid off in the end. Arizona quarterback Matt Scott and running back Ka’Deem Carey continue to prove that they are warriors.
5. USC (6-2) Last week’s position: 3
The Trojans had 618 yards of offense against Arizona, and Marqise Lee had an unbelievable 345 yards receiving. Giving up five turnovers and failing to convert on two fourth downs, however, USC watched as their 28-13 lead dwindled into a 39-36 loss in Tucson. Good bye, national title hopes.
6. UCLA (6-2) Last week’s position: 6
UCLA escaped with a victory over ASU after kicking a field goal with time expiring. The Bruins get away with one, 45-43.
7. Washington (4-4) Last week’s position: 8
After a humiliating loss to Arizona last week, Washington came in this week pissed off and ready to play. Oregon State was the unfortunate victim to the Huskies’ redemption, and suffered their first loss of the season to a hungry Washington team.
8. Arizona State (5-3) Last week’s position: 7
ASU beat UCLA in every important statistical category, but sometimes the stat sheet does not match with the end result. Unfortunately for the Devils, their schedule does not get any easier, with Oregon State next week and USC following that.
9. Utah (3-5) Last week’s position: 10
Utah dismantled Cal 49-27 and finally found a running game (188 yards). Two 100-yard kickoff returns doesn’t hurt, either.
10. California (3-6) Last week’s position: 9
The Bears played sloppy football, giving up 3 turnovers and, well, two 100-yard kickoff returns.
11. Washington State (2-6) Last Week’s position: 11
The Cougars put up a valiant effort against Stanford, but a loss is a loss, and you aren’t going to win that many games with -16 rushing yards.
12. Colorado (1-7) Last week’s position: 12
They played Oregon. That’s all I’m going to say.