Washington-Stanford and Notre Dame-Arizona highlighted a big weekend in the Pac-12 conference, which saw nine teams in action. Here are this week’s Pac-12 Power Rankings:
- Stanford: The Cardinal survived an upset bid from Washington on Saturday, winning 31-28 despite being outgained 489-279. Regardless, it was a big win over a potential top-10 team that reaffirmed their position at the top of the Pac-12 North. Stanford travels to Salt Lake City this weekend in a potential trap game before a showdown with UCLA.
- Oregon: The Ducks racked up 755 yards and 57 points against Colorado on Saturday, pushing their season averages to 630.4 yards and 59.2 points. Quarterback Marcus Mariota continues to put up video game numbers, as he’s racked up 1,696 yards, 21 touchdowns and zero interceptions in five games. Oregon finally gets some conference competition with a game against Washington in Seattle this weekend.
- UCLA: The Bruins escaped Salt Lake City with a 34-27 win over upstart Utah on Thursday night. Quarterback Brett Hundley wasn’t at his best, but he did account for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. The Bruins defense came up with a big interception on the Utes’ final drive to ice it.
- Washington: The Huskies proved to any remaining critics that they’re not the middling Pac-12 team that they were the last three seasons. Unfortunately, things don’t get any easier with their game against Oregon this weekend.
- Oregon State: Coming off a bye week, the Beavers will look to extend their winning streak to five with a win in Pullman, Wash. over Washington State.
- Arizona State: The Sun Devils dropped out of the rankings after a 37-34 loss to Notre Dame. Quarterback Taylor Kelly continues to play well, as he’s amassed 1,861 yards and 14 touchdowns in five games. However, it’s now pretty apparent that the defense is not at the level they were last year, as they’re ranked 60th in the country in yards allowed per game.
- Arizona: The Wildcats had the week off before a Thursday showdown with USC in Los Angeles.
- Utah: While the Utes continue to show that they are much better than last year, it has yet to translate to wins, as they dropped to 0-2 in the Pac-12 after Thursday’s loss to UCLA. Quarterback Travis Wilson threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns, but did have six interceptions in the defeat. Utah hosts Stanford this weekend.
- Washington State: In a battle of Pac-12 North bottom-dwellers, the Cougars romped Cal 44-22 in Berkeley, Calif. Quarterback Connor Halliday threw for 521 yards and three touchdowns as Washington State moved to 4-2. The Cougars might receive votes in the polls with a win over Oregon State this weekend.
- USC: The country will find out just how bad of a coach Lane Kiffin was as the Trojans begin the Ed Orgeron era on Thursday against Arizona.
- Colorado: The Buffaloes might struggle to win a conference game this season after a second consecutive blowout loss. They travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on Arizona State this weekend.
- Cal: The Bears are really, really bad. While new head coach Sonny Dykes has installed a pretty potent offense, this team has no defense, as they’ve allowed 524.0 yards per game. Their woes will likely continue as they play at UCLA this weekend.
For last week’s rankings, click here.
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