Pac-12 Football Power Rankings: Week 3

The conference flexed their muscles this past weekend, going a combined 8-1 against out-of-conference opponents, which included a 5-1 record against the ACC, SEC and Big Ten. Here are this week’s Pac-12 Power Rankings:

  1. Oregon: I’ve been reluctant to move the Cardinal down while they’re winning, but what the Ducks have done is incredible. Oregon put up 59 points and 687 yards against Tennessee and have now scored 184 points and racked up 2,016 yards in three games. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has already accounted for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Ducks are scary good.
  2. Stanford: The Cardinal struggled a bit against Army’s triple-option, yielding 284 rushing yards in a 34-20 win. Running back Tyler Gaffney accounted for 155 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns.
  3. UCLA: The Bruins made the biggest statement out of any team in the country last weekend, blowing out Nebraska 41-21 in Lincoln, Neb. Quarterback Brett Hundley racked up 355 total yards and three touchdowns, while linebacker Anthony Barr forced three fumbles. UCLA finished the game by scoring 38 unanswered points and were only the third road team to beat Nebraska since 2010.
  4. Washington: The Huskies beat Illinois 34-24 in a “neutral” site game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Quarterback Keith Price looks like he’s regained his sophomore year form, as he passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Bishop Sankey ran for 208 yards on 35 carries and a touchdown.
  5. Arizona State: The Sun Devils didn’t play well against Wisconsin, but ultimately eked out a 32-30 win over the Badgers. Quarterback Taylor Kelly passed for 350 yards and running back Marion Grice ran for four touchdowns, but the Sun Devils’ defense gave up 441 yards, including 231 on the ground. Arizona State escaped mostly due in part to a boneheaded move by Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave.
  6. Arizona: The Wildcats escaped their cupcake out-of-conference schedule with no surprises, improving to 3-0 with a win over UTSA. However, the country won’t know just how good the Wildcats are until they play back-to-back games against Washington and USC.
  7. Washington State: The Cougars improved to 2-1 with a 48-10 win over FCS-level Southern Utah. Cornerback Damante Horton intercepted his third pass of the season and returned it for his second defensive touchdown in three games. The Cougars already look better than they did last year and might end up in a bowl game.
  8. USC: The Trojans did a complete 180 from their performance against Washington State, beating Boston College 35-7. Likely knowing how hot is seat is, head coach Lane Kiffin opened up the USC playbook against the Eagles, as the Trojans racked up 521 yards of offense. Quarterback Cody Kessler went 15-for-17 for 237 yards and two touchdowns.
  9. Oregon State: The Beavers outlasted Utah in overtime 51-48 despite losing star running back Storm Woods to injury. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 443 yards and five touchdowns and is now averaging 412.3 yards passing through the first three games.
  10. Utah: Utes quarterback Travis Wilson struggled for the first time this season, throwing three interceptions in Utah’s loss to Oregon State. However, Wilson did account for 421 yards and five touchdowns. Despite the loss, the Utes established themselves as competitors in the conference.
  11. Colorado: The Buffaloes’ game against Fresno State was postponed due to floods in the Boulder, Col0. area. They face Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. this weekend.
  12. Cal: The Bears were the only Pac-12 team to lose an out-of-conference game this past weekend, as they got torched 52-34 by Ohio State. Quarterback Jared Goff did throw for 373 yards and three touchdowns, but the Cal defense allowed 608 Buckeyes yards.

For last week’s rankings, click here.

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