Pac-12 Power Rankings

Top two teams remain the same; one school finally gets a conference win, OSU moves out of 12th

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Pac-12 Power Rankings




SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen reporter

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  1. (12) Utah (6-1, 3-1, Last: 1)

Utah seized control of the Pac-12 South with a dominating 21-3 win over then No. 17 Arizona State. The Utes held ASU to 136 scrimmage yards and two forced turnovers smothering the Sun Devils for four straight quarters. Utah hosts Cal Saturday night.

  1. (11) Oregon (6-1, 4-0, Last: 2)

Oregon collected a massive 35-31 come-from-behind win in Seattle. The Ducks trailed by ten points in the third quarter, but Justin Herbert and Co. weren’t done scoring the final 14 points to basically eliminate UW from Pac-12 title contention. The Ducks host WSU in another big Pac-12 North battle.

  1. Southern California (4-3, 3-1, Last: 4)

The Trojans rolled in the Coliseum downing the Wildcats 41-14. Kedon Slovis was efficient for SC passing for 232 yards and two scores while propelling his offense to a 448-yard night. USC plays Colorado in Boulder on Friday.

  1. (24) Arizona State (5-2, 2-2, Last: 3)

The Sun Devils were thoroughly dismantled by Utah in a 21-3 loss in Salt Lake City. ASU didn’t reach Utah’s side of the field until the third quarter and it took a turnover for the Sun Devils to reach plus territory.

  1. Washington (5-3, 2-3, Last: 6)

Washington’s once-vaunted defense crumbled, giving up a two-score lead in the second half to lose 35-31 to Oregon. The Huskies gave up 434 scrimmage yards and four Justin Herbert passing touchdowns. Washington takes a bye this week.

  1. Washington State (4-3, 1-3, Last: 9)

The growth from last week’s close loss continued this week for the Cougars as they thumped Colorado 41-10. The rain did little to slow the WSU air raid as the offense put up nearly 500 total yards. Graduate wide receiver Brandon Arconado made a triumphant return catching five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Cougars head to Oregon in their toughest contest yet on Saturday.

  1. Oregon State (3-4, 2-2, Last: 12)

The Beavers just keep winning collecting a 21-17 victory over California. Oregon State held Cal to 282 yards of total offense while converting 44 percent of their third-down opportunities. Oregon State could win the North if they win out and Oregon loses once before the Civil War. The Beavers take a bye this week.

  1. California (4-3, 1-3, Last: 5)

What a terrible loss for Cal. OSU stunned the Golden Bears by 21-17 in Berkeley. After two third-quarter touchdowns, Cal a 17-14 lead but a late B.J. Baylor rush stuck a dagger into the Golden Bears’ hearts. Cal must recover quickly as they head to Utah this weekend.

  1. Arizona (4-3, 2-2, Last: 8)

Arizona lost a key tiebreaker with a 41-14 loss to the Trojans. Khalil Tate was benched for performance reasons after attempting only ten passes, and the Wildcat offense only collected 385 total yards. Arizona looks to keep their Pac-12 South hopes alive Saturday on the road against Stanford.

  1. UCLA (2-5, 2-2, Last: 10)

UCLA rolled Stanford Thursday night collecting a 34-16 victory. UCLA’s defense was dominant holding the Cardinal to under 200 scrimmage yards and forcing eight punts. Joshua Kelly led the way for UCLA rushing for 176 yards and a score on 18 carries. UCLA hosts No. 24 Arizona State Saturday.

  1. Stanford (3-4, 2-3, Last: 7)

The Cardinal continues its fall from grace with a 34-16 home loss to UCLA. Stanford’s defense gave up 263 yards on the ground while rushing for only 55 of their own. Stanford will exit its mini-bye to host Arizona in a must-win game for bowl eligibility.

  1. Colorado (1-3, 3-4, Last: 11)

Colorado lost a disastrous 41-10 game in Pullman last Saturday. Quarterback Steven Montez was benched again finishing the game with 129 passing yards and two interceptions. Laviska Shenault Jr. racked up 62 yards from scrimmage. Colorado hosts USC in a near must-win situation.