With four teams on byes last week, the conference still managed to win all six of their non-conference games. Here are this week’s Pac-12 Power Rankings:
- Oregon: The Ducks didn’t play last week, but no team was able to unseat them from the top spot in the power rankings. Oregon faces a terrible Cal defense Saturday, so they should remain No. 1.
- Stanford: The Cardinal obliterated Arizona State last weekend in a game in which the final score (42-28) didn’t reveal the true nature of the game. The Stanford defense blocked two punts and recorded two interceptions in the win. If the Sun Devils hadn’t outscored the Cardinal 21-3 in the fourth quarter, Stanford would be atop this week’s rankings.
- UCLA: The Bruins followed up their road win over Nebraska with a 59-13 thrashing of New Mexico State. Running back Jordon James rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns and now ranks fourth in the nation with 141.3 yards per game. UCLA has a bye this weekend.
- Washington: The Huskies kept rolling with a 56-0 win over Idaho State. Quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey have combined for 1,342 yards and 12 touchdowns through three games. They face undefeated Arizona in Seattle this weekend.
- Arizona: The Wildcats are 3-0 against a cupcake out-of-conference schedule. Coming off a bye week, the Wildcats will face their first true test up in Seattle. They can make a national statement with a upset of Washington on the road.
- Arizona State: Not much went right for the Sun Devils against Stanford. Quarterback Taylor Kelly threw two interceptions – one more than he had in his last five games combined – and had a pooch punt blocked. The fact that the Cardinal removed their starters way too early was the only reason the final score was close.
- Washington State: The Cougars improved to 3-1 with a 42-0 win over Idaho, which already matches their win total from a year ago. Washington State can shock the college football world with an upset over Stanford this weekend.
- USC: The Trojans defense was able to contain Heisman contender Chuckie Keeton, holding him to 164 total yards and two touchdowns in a 17-14 win. However, that offense is still abysmal as they rank last in the Pac-12 with 340.0 yards per game. Things won’t get easier as they play Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz.
- Utah: The Utes get a well-deserved bye after an impressive 20-13 win over BYU in Provo, Utah. Quarterback Travis Wilson threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns and now has 1,369 total yards and 14 touchdowns in four games.
- Oregon State: The Beavers outscored San Diego State 20-6 in the second half to eek out a 34-30 win over the Aztecs. While it wasn’t pretty, Oregon State has won three in a row and has a favorable home matchup against Colorado this weekend.
- Colorado: The Buffaloes got two weekends off in a row after massive flooding in Boulder, Colo. caused the cancellation of their Sept. 14 game against Fresno State. They face Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. on three weeks rest.
- Cal: The Bears defense ranks 121st in the country in yards and points allowed per game. Offense is nice, but you can’t win if you can’t stop your opponent. Oregon might break the scoreboard against them this weekend.
For last week’s rankings, click here.
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