Week Seven Pac-12 North Power Rankings

Oregon got a signature win as half of division took their bye week

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Week Seven Pac-12 North Power Rankings




SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

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Here is how the Pac-12 North teams stack up after week six.


  1. No. 12 University of Oregon (Last: 2)


The Ducks got their signature win, vanquishing the University of Washington Huskies 30-27 Saturday in overtime. This was a back-and-forth affair, featuring four different ties where neither team ever led by more than seven points.

Oregon was balanced on offense, picking up 177 rushing yards and 202 passing yards. Junior quarterback Justin Herbert went a workmanlike 18-for-32 for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell was the difference for Oregon, running for 111 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns, including the walk off in overtime.

Oregon (5-1, 2-1) will travel to the Palouse to take on No. 25 WSU on Saturday.


  1. 25 WSU (Last: 1)


The Cougs took their bye last week. WSU (5-1, 2-1) hosts No. 12 Oregon on Saturday in a battle for Pac-12 North supremacy.


  1. 15 University of Washington (Last: 3)


Sophomore kicker Peyton Henry missed a 37-yard field goal as time expired and the Huskies lost to the Ducks 30-27 in overtime.

Senior quarterback Jake Browning rebounded well from an interception on his first pass attempt, going 15-for-24 for 243 yards and a touchdown after the pick.

Washington suffered significant injuries at the running back position, with both senior Myles Gaskin and sophomore Salvon Ahmed missing time with injuries.

Washington (5-2, 3-1) hosts University of Colorado in Husky Stadium on Saturday.


  1. Stanford University (Last: 4)


The Cardinal took their bye last week. Stanford (4-2, 2-1) travels to Tempe, Arizona, on Thursday to face Arizona State University.


  1. Oregon State University (Last: 6)


Sometimes being idle is better than playing a game — the Beavers escape the basement for the first time this season. Oregon State (1-5, 0-3) hosts the University of California, Berkeley, on Saturday in a battle for last place in the Pac-12 North.


  1. University of California, Berkeley (Last: 5)


The once-No. 19 Golden Bears have fallen mightily, losing to winless University of California, Los Angeles, 37-7 Saturday.

Cal’s offense was a turnover machine, throwing two picks and fumbling three times. The Bears couldn’t keep the chains moving either, converting on only three of their 15 third down attempts.

Cal attempted an astonishing 41 passes to gain 179 yards through the air. California was once a dark horse to win the North, but a 0-3 start in conference play has ended its season.

Cal (3-3, 0-3) heads to Corvallis, Oregon, to take on the Beavers this Saturday.