Pac-12 Football Recap: Week Three


Week three of the Pac-12 football season is in the books and it was another nice weekend for the Pac-12, minus one horrible slip up. Oregon, Stanford, Arizona State, Washington, and Washington State all won by a good margin and looked solid. Arizona and UCLA got narrow victories, but a win is a win and both are 3-0. Colorado lost to ASU, like expected, but the shocker of the college football weekend was USC losing to Boston College. Sure USC had travel restrictions because of the sanctions, but a loss to Boston College is not good for USC or the Pac-12. With that being said, lets take a look the week three Pac-12 football recap.

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1. #2 Oregon (3-0)

(2-1) Wyoming 14 @ 48 Oregon

QB Marcus Mariota: 19-23 for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns—5 rushes for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns

RB Byron Marshall: 6 rushes for 80 yards and 1 touchdown

S Erick Dargan: 2 interceptions

2. #15 Stanford (2-1, 0-1 in Pac-12)

(1-1) Army 0 @ 35 Stanford

QB Kevin Hogan: 20-28 for 216 yards and 4 touchdowns

WR Devon Cajuste: 4 receptions for 52 yards and 3 touchdowns

LB Blake Martinez: 11 tackles

3. California (2-0)


4. Washington (3-0)

(2-1) Illinois 19 @ 44 Washington

QB Cyler Miles: 15-20 for 191 yards and 1 touchdown—9 rushes for 55 yards

RB Dwayne Washington: 11 rushed for 58 yards and 1 touchdown

LB Shaq Thompson: INT and fumble return for touchdown

5. Oregon State (2-0)


6. Washington State (1-2)

(0-2) Portland State 21 @ 59 Washington State

QB Connor Halliday: 41-62 for 544 yards and 6 touchdowns

WR Isiah Myers: 11 receptions for 227 yards and 3 touchdowns

LB Cyrus Coen: 12 tackles (1 TFL) and 1 sack

North Recap

The North division had two teams, Cal and Oregon State, on byes this week, so there were a few shakeups in the power rankings for this division, which I hate to do. Obviously, Oregon is still #1 and probably the best team in the country, but Stanford moved up to #2 after another shutout and impressive performance all around. Cal moved to #3 and Washington moved up to #4 after shellacking Illinois, as it finally looks like the Huskies are coming into form. Coming in at #5 is Oregon State and rounding out the North are the Washington State Cougars, who finally got a win, but still have zero wins against FBS teams.


1. #16 Arizona State (3-0, 1-0 in Pac-12)

Arizona State 38 @ 24 Colorado (1-2, 0-1 in Pac-12)

QB Taylor Kelly: 13-21 for 195 yards and 3 touchdowns—6 rushes for 70 yards and 1 touchdown

RB D.J. Foster: 20 rushes for 147 yards and 1 touchdown—4 receptions for 59 yards and 1 touchdown

DB Jordan Simone: 13 tackles (2 TFL), 1 forced fumble, 1 interception

2. #9 USC (2-1, 1-0 in Pac-12)

USC 31 @ 37 Boston College (2-1)

QB Cody Kessler: 31-41 for 317 yards and 4 touchdowns

RB Javorius Allen: 15 rushes for 31 yards—9 receptions for 118 yards and 1 touchdown

DB Gerald Bowman: 7 tackles (1 TFL)

3. Arizona (3-0)

(2-1) Nevada 28 @ 35 Arizona

QB Anu Solomon: 22-26 for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns—7 rushes for 60 yards

RB Nick Wilson: 29 rushes for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns

LB Scooby Wright: 14 tackles (1 TFL)

4. Utah (2-0)


5. #12 UCLA (3-0)

(3-0) #12 UCLA 20 vs 17 Texas (1-2)

QB Jerry Neuheisel: 23-30 for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns

RB Paul Perkins: 24 rushes for 126 yards—5 receptions for 69 yards

LB Eric Kendricks: 11 tackles

6. Colorado (1-2, 0-1 in Pac-12)

QB Sefo Liufau: 31-46 for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns

WR Nelson Spruce: 7 receptions for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns

DB Tedric Thompson: 8 tackles

South Recap

After the shocking USC loss, to Boston College and an underwhelming win by the Arizona Wildcats, the ASU Sun Devils are atop the South division rankings after week three. USC moves down one stop to #2, but I still think might be the class of the South, even after the loss. Moving down to #3 are the Wildcats who notched their third consecutive victory on Saturday. Utah had a bye this week, but moved down to #4 due to the ASU performance. Coming in at #5 and #6 are the Bruins and Buffaloes, UCLA had a nice win over Texas with their backup QB, but still did not look that impressive. Colorado lost and is the only one in the division with two losses, so they are a no-brainer for the #6 spot.

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week Three

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  1. Oregon (1)
  2. Arizona State (7)
  3. USC (2)
  4. Stanford (5)
  5. Arizona (3)
  6. Cal (4)
  7. Utah (6)
  8. Oregon State (8)
  9. UCLA (9)
  10. Washington (10)
  11. Colorado (11)
  12. Washington State (12)

Another week is in the books and now it is time for a lot of conference games to start getting played. It’s going to be a fun ride the rest of this season and these power rankings will sort themselves out as more teams play each other, but for now, this is how they should be.

What do you guys think about the power rankings and the Pac-12 in general to start the season Let us know in the comments section below.