Pac-12 football power rankings

Six teams nationally ranked as conference play begins for WSU

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Pac-12 football power rankings




SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen reporter

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  1.   (10) Utah (3-0, Last: 1)

The Utes continue to cruise, handling FCS Idaho State 31-0. Senior quarterback Tyler Huntley completed nearly 80 percent of his passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, while senior running back Zach Moss hauled in ten balls for 106 yards and a score. If Utah can escape the Coliseum with a win next week, the WSU-Utah game in Salt Lake City might be the biggest game in the Pac-12 all season.

  1.   (19) Washington State (3-0, Last: 2)

The Cougars meddle was tested, but WSU escaped Houston with a 31-24 victory over the University of Houston. WSU looked out of sorts in the first half, trailing at the break 14-7. WSU dominated the second half, outscoring Houston 24-3 before a late Houston touchdown narrowed the final margin. Anthony Gordon threw for 440 yards and three scores. Gordon leads the nation in passing yards with 1,324 yards and is tied with Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovialoa for most touchdown passes at 12. WSU needs to avoid a letdown this week as they host UCLA.

  1.   (16) Oregon (2-1, Last: 3)

The Ducks took care of business, defeating FCS Montana 35-3. Senior quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns, proving his offense is ready for conference play. Oregon heads to Stanford, California, to play Stanford next week.

  1.   (22) Washington (2-1, Last: 6)

The Huskies got back on track this week, thrashing Hawaii 52-20. Junior quarterback Jacob Eason passed for 262 yards and three touchdowns, while the ground game racked up 190 yards. The UW defense picked off Hawaii quarterbacks three times in the contest. Washington travels to BYU next week to wrap up their nonconference schedule.

  1.   (23) California (3-0, Last: 4)

Cal had a bit of a scare in Berkeley, avoiding an upset with a 23-17 home victory over the North Texas Mean Green. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chase Garbers struggled, completing only 41 percent of his passes for 129 yards and a score. The Bears won the turnover battle two to none, the difference in the game. Cal travels east to Ole Miss next week.

  1.   (24) Arizona State (3-0, Last: 11)

What a win for the Sun Devils! For the second consecutive season, ASU defeated a ranked Michigan State team, this year by a score of 10-7. Arizona State’s defense was the epitome of bend don’t break, allowing only one score despite being almost doubled in total yardage. ASU hosts Colorado next week.

  1.   Southern California (2-1, Last: 5)

The Trojans lost a big game for the Pac-12, falling 30-27 in overtime to BYU. USC freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis passed for 281 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but three bad interceptions cost his team a victory. Southern California hosts Utah in a Friday night Pac-12 After Dark special.

  1.   Colorado (2-1, Last: 7)

Another bad loss for the Pac-12, as Colorado falls to the Air Force Academy 30-23 in overtime. Junior wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. continues to produce, catching eight passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns: one receiving and one running. However, the Buffs run defense was nonexistent as Air Force racked up 290 yards on the ground. Colorado heads to Tempe next week to play the Sun Devils.

  1.   Arizona (2-1, Last: 10)

Arizona picked up a gutsy 28-14 nonconference win over Texas Tech to propel them to 2-1 on the season. Khalil Tate had another bad day through the air, completing around 60 percent of his passes for 185 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He made up for it on the ground, however, as he rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown. Arizona takes a bye next week.

  1. Stanford (1-2, Last: 8)

The return of K.J. Costello wasn’t enough for the Cardinal, as Stanford fell to then-No.17 UCF 45-27. For the first time in recent memory, Stanford can accurately be described as ‘soft,’ allowing nearly 200 rushing yards. There’s still time, but Stanford may struggle for bowl eligibility with a brutal upcoming conference slate. 

  1. Oregon State (1-2, Last: 9)

Oregon State pulled out their first victory since Oct. 27, 2018, with a 45-7 win over FCS Cal Poly. The Beavs’ ground game was explosive, rushing for 258 yards in the game. Oregon State takes a bye next week.

  1. UCLA (0-3, Last: 12)

Another week, another loss for Chip Kelly’s squad. No. 5 Oklahoma thumped UCLA in the Rose Bowl 48-14 in front of 52,578 people in a stadium that holds 90,888. The Sooners collected 611 yards from scrimmage against the anemic Bruins defense. The desperate UCLA squad heads to Pullman to play WSU this week.