Week 2 in the Pac-12 Conference had a lot less than excitement than Week 1, as all but one of the favored teams won their games. Here are this week’s Pac-12 Power Rankings:
- Stanford: The Cardinal were the last team in the NCAA to kickoff their season, but that didn’t stop them from beating up on San Jose State 34-13 in their season opener. After a year off to play professional baseball, running back Tyler Gaffney returned to rush for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinal held a potent Spartans offense to just 251 total yards and 35 rushing yards.
- Oregon: The Ducks routed Virginia 59-10 in Charlottesville, Va. behind 557 yards of total offense. For the second consecutive game, running back D’Anthony Thomas and quarterback Marcus Mariota combined for over 400 yards of total offense, adding six touchdowns. If there was one negative, it was penalties, as the Ducks committed 11 for 119 yards.
- Washington: The Huskies were idle this week after an impressive season-opening win against Boise State. The nation will get a sense of how good the Huskies after this week’s game against Illinois in Chicago.
- UCLA: The Bruins were also idle this week after their season-opening against Nevada. Like the Huskies, they have a big game coming up this weekend, as they play Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb.
- Arizona State: The Sun Devils opened their season with a 55-0 thrashing of FCS-level Sacramento State. The defense held the Hornets to 167 yards of total offense, while producing 523 offensive yards. Quarterback Taylor Kelly threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in a little over a half. They host Wisconsin in a big matchup this weekend.
- Utah: The Utes are looking like they might be the surprise team in the Pac-12 this season. After a solid win over Utah State in the opener, they beat up on FCS-level Weber State 70-7. Quarterback Travis Wilson has thrown for 566 yards and five touchdowns in the first two games. They can establish themselves as players in the Pac-12 South with a win over Oregon State this weekend.
- Washington State: The Cougars went into Los Angeles and pulled off the upset over USC. While the 10-7 victory wasn’t pretty, they held the Trojans to 193 yards of total offense, while forcing two big interceptions – one was returned by cornerback Damante Horton for the Cougars’ only touchdown.
- Arizona: The Wildcats demolished UNLV 58-13 Saturday, racking up 397 rushing yards, while holding the Rebels to 282 yards of total offense. While the defense is playing on a completely different level than last year, Arizona has yet to establish a passing game, which will haunt them come conference season.
- Colorado: The Buffaloes improved to 2-0 Saturday with a 38-24 win over FCS-level Central Arkansas, surpassing their win total from a year ago. Wide Receiver Paul Richardson, who missed last season with a knee injury, eclipsed the 200-yard receiving threshold for the second-straight game. He now has 21 catches for 417 yards and four touchdowns in two games.
- California: In the offseason, it was speculated that the young Bears offense would struggle, while their veteran defense would be their strength. However, this has not been the case, as the offense has averaged 582 yards in two games, while yielding 530.5 yards per game. The 1-1 Bears will host the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes this weekend.
- Oregon State: The Beavers got back on track with a 33-14 win over Hawaii. A week after giving up 625 yards to Eastern Washington, Oregon State held the Rainbow Warriors to just 239 yards of total offense. Quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown for 794 yards and seven touchdowns in two games.
- USC: This is all that can be said about the Trojans’ performance against Washington State.
For last week’s rankings, click here.
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