Pac-12 football power rankings

Cougars, Utes fall, Ducks fly to the top of the Power Rankings

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Pac-12 football power rankings




SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

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  1. (13) Oregon (3-1, 1-0, Last: 3)

Losses by the top two Pac-12 teams and a solid 21-6 win at Stanford vaults Oregon to the top spot. Despite the win, Oregon’s offense looked suspect, collecting only 320 scrimmage yards on a subpar Cardinal defense. The Ducks take a bye next weekend.

  1. (15) California (4-0, 1-0, Last: 5)

Cal rides a career day from signal caller Chase Garbers and picks up a huge nonconference win at Ole Miss 28-20. Garbers passed for 357 yards and four touchdowns, leading his Golden Bears’ offense to 433 scrimmage yards. Cal’s defense limited Rebels’ scoring despite allowing 525 total yards. The final unbeaten team in the Pac-12 hosts Arizona State Friday night.

  1. (17) Washington (3-1, 0-1, Last: 4)

Despite a less-than-stellar second quarter, UW put away the Cougars, defeating BYU 45-19. Jacob Eason passed for 290 yards and three scores, but the ground game was the key in Provo. Washington collected 187 yards on the ground, torching BYU. The Huskies host USC next weekend.

  1. (21) Southern California (3-1, 2-0, Last: 7)

The Trojans pulled off a major upset in the Coliseum, knocking off then-No. 10 Utah 30-23. After an early head injury to starting quarterback Kedon Slovis, backup Matt Fink stepped in and led his Trojans to victory, passing for 351 yards and three touchdowns. USC heads to Seattle to play Washington next week.

  1. (19) Utah (3-1, 0-1, Last: 1)

A 30-23 loss in the Coliseum dropped the Utes nine spots in the AP Poll and four spots in this list. Tyler Huntley struggled, passing for only 210 yards with a touchdown and a pick. The major story in this game was the injury to star running back Zack Moss, who left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham told Deseret News that Moss did not suffer a season-ending injury. Utah hosts WSU in a major game for both teams.

  1. Colorado (3-1, 1-0, Last: 8)

Colorado picked up a big-time win, taking down then-No. 24 Arizona State 34-31 in Tempe. Steven Montez played well, passing for 337 yards and three touchdowns while the Buffs converted 10 of 17 third down attempts. Colorado takes a bye next week.

  1. Arizona State (3-1, 0-1, Last: 6)

The Sun Devils fell 34-31 to Colorado last week, falling out of the AP Top 25. Jayden Daniels showed improvement in the contest, passing for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns. ASU couldn’t stop Colorado’s offense, allowing 475 yards while only forcing a single turnover. Arizona State heads to Berkeley to play No. 15 California.

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

Wow. UCLA scores 50 points in the second half of the game, stunning then-No.19 WSU 67-63. UCLA picked up 657 yards from scrimmage, forced six WSU turnovers, and scored twice on special teams while coming back from a 32-point third quarter deficit, the third largest comeback in NCAA history. The Bruins head to Arizona to play the Wildcats next Saturday.

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


  1. Arizona (2-1, 0-0, Last: 9)

Arizona had a bye this week. The Wildcats host red-hot UCLA next week.

  1. Stanford (1-3, 0-2, Last: 10)

Stanford faltered this week, losing 21-6 to Oregon to fall to 1-3 for the first time in the David Shaw era. Stanford couldn’t get anything going on offense, gaining only 234 total yards. K.J. Costello, a quarterback I’ve been high on for a while, struggled mightily. The Stanford signal caller passed for only 120 yards and one interception. Stanford looks to save their season when they travel to Corvallis to play the Beavers.

  1. Oregon State (1-2, 0-0, Last: 11)

Oregon State had a bye this week. The Beavers host Stanford to open their Pac-12 season next week.