NCAA Football

The Pac-12 Power Rankings After Week Four

Conference play began this week and the Pac-12 has done what it always does and that is cannibalizing itself. This year though the conference had a strong non-conference season and it includes the possible creation of a rivalry between the two bottom dwellers. Also the Pac-12 South looks to be just as messed up as last year. However, this year it is because the teams actually look competent. So how does this impact the Pac-12 Power Rankings? Read on after the break. 

  1. Oregon: Continued to show that they are the class of the conference. They looked dominating in their 49-0 victory over the Wildcats over Arizona.
  2. Stanford: Hard to drop them when they had a bye.
  3. USC: They ran all over California and showed dominance on the lines. After being beat in the trenches in Palo Alto, their dominate performance against California made it clearer that USC still has some pretty talented linemen still playing on their squad.
  4. Oregon State: You saw that right, OSU made a massive jump in the standings and that’s because both of their victories were over opponents who were ranked in the Top 25 at the time. And now they themselves are in the Top 25, sitting at #18.
  5. Washington: I didn’t feel comfortable making the Dawgs rise too high after a bye week with the teams ahead of them losing. They face their first real test on Thursday against Stanford at the Clink.
  6. UCLA: The Bruins still look improved and aggressive, but they are still breaking in a new coaching staff and system. It takes time, but they definitely get between seven and nine wins this year in my book. 
  7. Arizona State: They absolutely crushed the Utes and the topsy tervy world of Pac-12 sports continues.
  8. Arizona: They didn’t even look that bad against the Ducks, they just got torched by superior speed and depth. They should still contend for the South as the Trojans face depth problems brought on by sanctions. 
  9. California: California’s awesome performance against Ohio State and then it’ crap fest against USC makes me wonder about the strength of Ohio State and the Big 10. 
  10. Utah: Blew out an FCS school, got upset by Utah State, knocked off BYU, and then gets demolished by Arizona State. Who knows what to think about this team? Only time will tell.
  11. Colorado: An impressive come from behind win in Pullman during homecoming was interesting to see. Down 17 points in entering the fourth quarter, the Buffs scored 21 unanswered points, including a TD run on a quarterback draw. 
  12. This is what WSU fans were like.
    Washington State: They took their foot off the gas and a team that they should have (in fact they were beating them) beat. Now the question is, who else on their schedule can these guys beat? I do not know.