Pac-12 Football Recap: Week One


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Week One for the Pac-12 football teams is over and overall it was a very good opening weekend for the conference. Some teams impressed, I’m looking at you Cal, Arizona, USC, Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon and Utah, some some struggled but still gutted out wins, I see you UCLA, Washington and Oregon State, and two teams lost and got off on the wrong foot, it’s ok Washington State and Colorado. Let’s take a look at the power rankings for each division after week one of the college football season.

****I took into account opponent, road/home, and margin of victory/defeat for these standings****


1. California (1-0)

31 California @ 24 Northwestern (0-1)

QB Jared Goff: 21 completions for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns

WR Trevor Davis: 3 receptions for 93 yards and 1 touchdown

2. #11 Stanford (1-0)

UC-Davis (0-1) @ 45 Stanford 

QB Kevin Hogan: 12 completion for 204 yards and 4 touchdowns (1 rush)

WR Ty Montgomery: 5 receptions for 77 yards and 1 touchdown and a 60-yard punt return for touchdown

3. #3 Oregon (1-0)

13 South Dakota (0-1) @ 62 Oregon

QB Marcus Mariota: 14 catches for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns and 6 rushes for 43 yards and 1 touchdown

RB Byron Marshall: 8 rushes for 90 yards and 8 receptions for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns

RB Royce Freeman: 10 rushes for 75 yards and 2 touchdowns

4. Oregon State (1-0)

14 Portland State (0-1)@ 29 Oregon State 

QB Sean Mannion: 26 completions for 328 yards and 2 touchdowns (1 rush)

RB Storm Woods: 16 rushes for 125 yards (7.8 avg) and 1 reception for 23 yards and 1 touchdown

5. #25 Washington (1-0)

17 Washington @ 16 Hawaii (0-1)

WR John Ross: 2 catches for 96 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 rush for 20 yards and a touchdown

DL Danny Shelton: 12 tackles and 2 sacks

6. Washington State (0-1)

41 Rutgers (1-0) @ 38 Washington State 

QB Connor Halliday: 40 completions for 532 yards and 5 touchdowns

WR Vince Mayle: 12 receptions for 24 yards and 1 touchdown

WR Isiah Myers: 6 receptions for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns

Aug 30, 2014; Evanston, IL, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Trevor Davis (9) catches a 76 yards touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Goff (not pictured) during the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

North Recap

The top three spots here could have gone to either Cal, Oregon, or Stanford, but I decided to give it to Cal because they went on the road and played a Big Ten game and took care of business. The final score does not indicate how much the Golden Bears handled Northwestern. I put Stanford at number two because they shut out UC-Davis and all three phases of the game just dominated the game. Oregon also easily handled South Dakota like everyone expected so they come in at three. Four and five goes to Oregon State and Washington. Oregon State struggled against Portland State but still one by two scores. Washington struggled with a 1-11 Hawaii team that has one of the worst defenses in the country and they barely escaped. A lot of work to be done in Seattle. Then there is Washington State. The offense looked fine, but that defense might as well not even put anyone on the field, there would be no difference. Rutgers ran all over them and beat them in Pullman. The state of Washington cannot be feeling great after week one.


 1. Arizona (1-0)

13 UNLV (0-1) @ 58 Arizona 

QB Anu Solomon: 25 completions for 425 yards and 4 touchdowns and 8 rushes for 50 yards

RB Terris Jones-Grigsby: 13 rushes for 124 yards and 1 touchdown

WR Austin Hill: 3 receptions for 110 yards and 1 touchdown

2. #15 USC (1-0)

13 Fresno State (0-1) @ 52 USC

QB Cody Kessler: 25 completions for 394 yards and 4 touchdowns and 8 rushes for 28 yards and 1 touchdown

RB Javorius Allen: 22 rushes for 133 yards and 1 touchdown and 1 reception for 23 yards

WR Nelson Agholor: 5 receptions for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns

USC defense with 4 interceptions

3. Utah (1-0)

14 Idaho State (0-1) @ 56 Utah 

QB Travis Wilson: 13 completions for 265 yards and 1 touchdown

RB Devontae Booker: 10 rushes for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns and 1 reception for 61 yards

WR Dres Anderson: 4 receptions for 111 yards

DE Nate Orchard: 8 tackles and 2.5 sacks

4. #19 Arizona State (1-0)

14 Weber State (0-1) @ 45 ASU 

QB Taylor Kelly: 18 completions for 238 yards and 1 touchdown

RB D.J. Foster: 15 rushes for 147 yards and 3 touchdowns and 4 receptions for 26 yards

WR Jaelen Strong: 10 receptions for 146 yards

5. #11 UCLA (1-)

28 UCLA @ 20 Virginia (0-1)

QB Brett Hundley: 20 completions for 242 yards and 15 rushes for 39 yards and 1 touchdown

WR Jordan Payton: 8 receptions for 98 yards

LB Eric Kendricks: 1 interception return for a TD and 16 tackles, 1 forced fumble

6. Colorado (0-1)

31 Colorado State (1-0) @ 17 Colorado 

QB Sefo Liufau: 24 completions for 241 yards and 2 touchdowns and 7 rushes for 47 yards

WR Nelson Spruce: 7 receptions for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns

Aug 29, 2014; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats running back Terris Jones-Grigsby (24) runs the ball for a touchdown as he is tackled by UNLV Rebels defensive lineman Najee Johnson (43) during the third quarter at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

South Recap

Any of the top four teams in the South could have been put up at the number one spot. I put Arizona and USC at one and two because they played FBS schools, as opposed to Utah and Arizona State playing FCS schools. All four of these teams looked great in week one and will look to take the momentum from week one into week two. UCLA comes in at the number five spot after escaping with a nice road win at Virginia. Their offense did not make the trip from LA to Charlottesville, but the defense definitely did and was the reason the Bruins are going back home with a win. Colorado was the only team in the South to lose, so they obviously go at the bottom spot in the division.

Pac-12 Power Rankings

1. Arizona

2. Cal

3. Stanford

4. USC

5. Oregon

6. Utah

7. Arizona State


9. Oregon State

10. Washington

11. Washington State

12.  Colorado

So let me know what you guys think. Is a team too high or too low in the standing? Did a particular team or player really impress you this weekend? Comment below and lets see what you guys think!