Pac-12 Football Recap: Week Two


Week two for the Pac-12 football teams is complete and the conference finished with a 10-2 record, with one loss coming in a conference game, so a 9-1 record in out of conference games. A lot of teams looked pretty impressive this week. Good jobs by Oregon, USC, Cal, Utah, and Arizona StateA few teams did not play great, but still got victories and that is all that matters. I am talking about you UCLA, Arizona, Washington, Oregon State and Colorado. Two teams lost and Washington State is one bad looking team right now and needs things to drastically turn around or this season could end really bad. Stanford is the other team that lost, but they should not be grouped with Wazzou. They played a very good USC team and could have very easily won and a three point loss will not drop them much in the power rankings. With that being said, lets take a look at the week two edition of the Pac-12 power rankings.

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 1. #3 Oregon (2-0)

27 #7 Michigan State (1-1) @  46 Oregon

QB Marcus Mariota: 17-28 318 yards and 3 touchdowns—9 rushes for 65 yards

WR Devon Allen: 3 receptions for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns

RB Royce Freeman: 13 rushes for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns—2 receptions for 22 yards

2. California (2-0)

14 Sacramento State (1-1) @ 55 California 

QB Jared Goff:17-22 for 229 yards and 4 touchdowns

RB Daniel Lasco: 9 carries for 94 yards and 1 touchdown

WR Chris Harper: 5 receptions for 39 yards and 2 touchdowns

3. #13 Stanford (1-1, 0-1 in Pac-12)

13 #14 USC (2-0, 1-0 in Pac-12 ) @ 10 Stanford 

QB Kevin Hogan: 22-33 for 285 yards

WR Ty Montgomery: 9 receptions for 83 yards

Safety Jordan Richards: 10 tackles (1 TFL) and 1 forced fumble

4. Oregon State (2-0)

38 Oregon State @ 30 Hawaii (0-2)

5. Washington (2-0)

52 Eastern Washington (2-1) @ 59 Washington

QB Cyler Miles: 14-24 for 180 yards and one touchdown—12 rushes for 58 yards and 3 touchdowns

RB Lavon Coleman: 17 rushes for 118 yards and 1 touchdown

DL Danny Shelton: 12 tackles (4.5 TFL) and 4 sacks

6. Washington State (0-2)

13 Washington State @ 24 Nevada (2-0)

QB Connor Halliday: 38-57 for 389 yards and 1 touchdown (2 interceptions)

WR Isiah Myers: 9 receptions for 102 yards

CB Daquawn Brown: 13 tackles (1 TFL) and 1 pass break up

North Recap

Sep 6, 2014; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Kenny Lawler (4) pulls in a touch down pass from Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff, not in picture, over Sacramento State Hornets defensive back Anthony Payne (24) during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

There was a statement made by the Oregon Ducks today in Eugene and they let everyone know that they are legit and ready to compete for a national championship. They are the best team in the North after week two and it is not even close. Two and three could have been either Cal or Stanford, but I chose Cal just because they are the team that has a win against a Power 5 conference member this season, so it only seemed fair to put them in ahead of a one-loss Stanford team. Cal destroyed Sac State and did what they had to do to stay ahead of the Cardinal. Stanford is at three, but in the long run it will still be a Oregon vs Stanford showdown for the North title. Even though they really did not want to beat Hawaii in the fourth quarter last night, Oregon State comes in at the number four spot just ahead of Washington. Oregon State has won each of their games by double digits and Washington has not. They have played one mutual opponent and two opponents from the FCS division, so that is why they are ordered like that. Washington State lost again and there really is nothing worth talking about with them. It is looking likely that they will be the worst team in the conference in 2014.


 1. #14 USC (2-0)

13 USC @ 10 #13 Stanford (1-1)

RB Javorius Allen: 23 carries for 154 yards

WR Nelson Agholor: 9 receptions for 91 yards

DL Leonard Williams: 11 tackles (1 TFL) and 1 sack

2. Arizona (2-0)

26 Arizona @ 23 UTSA (1-1)

RB Nick Wilson: 30 rushes for 174 yards and 1 touchdown

WR Cayleb Jones: 4 receptions for 143 yards and 1 touchdown

Safety Jared Tevis: 16 tackles (1.5 TFL) and 1 interception

3. Utah (2-0)

27 Fresno State (0-2) @ 59 Utah (2-0)

QB Travis Wilson: 11-20 for 181 yards and 5 touchdowns

WR Kenneth Scott: 6 receptions for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns

DB Eric Rowe: 11 tackles (.5 TFL)

4. Arizona State (2-0)

58 #17 ASU (1-0) @ 23 New Mexico (0-1)

RB D.J. Foster: 19 rushes for 216 yards and 1 touchdown—3 receptions for 54 yards

RB Kalen Ballage: 6 rushes for 21 yards and 2 touchdowns

LB Laiu Moeaklola: 9 tackles (2 TFL), .5 sack, and 1 fumble recovery

5. #11 UCLA (2-0)

35 Memphis (1-1) @ 42 UCLA

QB Brett Hundley: 33-44 for 396 yards and 3 touchdowns

RB Paul Perkins: 23 rushes for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns

WR/TE Thomas Duarte: 4 receptions for 110 yarda and 2 touchdowns

6. Colorado (1-1)

41 Colorado (1-1) @ 38 Massachusetts (0-2)

QB Sefo Liufau: 26-42 for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns

WR Nelson Spruce: 10 receptions 145 yards and 2 touchdowns

DB Tedric Thompson: 11 tackles (.5 TFL), 1 pass broken up, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception

South Recap

October 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans mascot Traveler takes a lap around the field after a touchdown in the second half of the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Southern California won 50-6. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

When you go to The Farm and win at Stanford you are going to be at the top of the South division power rankings and that is exactly the case for USC. The offense was not anything great and the defense got lucky with two missed field goals and the offense did just enough to win. USC is the best team in the North right now. You can put second, third, and fourth in any order, but I put Arizona at number two because I believe UTSA is the best opponent either of the three teams have played and the Wildcats beat them on the road. Not much is separating three and four, Utah and Arizona State, as both have just destroyed both of their opponents they have played so far. Utah has a higher point total and winning margin, so I put them ahead for now, but I think eventually Arizona State will take over that third spot. The curious case of the UCLA Bruins continued last night as they barely escaped Memphis at The Rose Bowl. It was an ugly performance and the Bruins are lucky that Colorado is in this division or they would be ranked sixth. On to the Buffs, who started the season with a loss at home and than struggled to beat UMASS. Seriously, they really did struggle to beat UMASS. It is going to be a rough year in Boulder.

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week Two *last week rankings in ()

1. Oregon (5)

2. USC (4)

3. Arizona (1)

4. Cal (2)

5. Stanford (3)

6. Utah (6)

7. Arizona State (7)

8. Oregon State (9)

9. UCLA (8)

10. Washington (10)

11. Colorado (12)

12. Washington State (11)

So there is the week two power rankings and recap of the pac-12 conference. It was a great week of football and it is the type of results Pac-12 fans should expect. It is time to hear from all of you now. Who on this list is too high or too low? Let me know in the comments below!