Pac-12 Power Rankings After Week Five


Pac-12 Country

Despite being light on games this weekend the Pac-12 featured a major upset and one minor one. This weekend was one of the more entertaining, and chaotic, weekends in the Pac-12. Now how does that play out on my Pac-12 Power Rankings? 
  1. Oregon: In their first road game the Ducks started out slow on offense and defense, allowing 19 points in the first half. But eventually they got their stuff together and came out in the second half and steam rolled the Cougs.
  2. USC: The Trojans had a bye this weekend but moved up anyway because of an upset in the Pac-12
  3. Oregon State: They beat another good squad and again they beat a good squad on the road. Mike Riley continues to pull the rabbit out of the hat down in Corvallis.
  4. Washington: It was a nice win by the Huskies and it was made possible by a dominating defensive performance. Their offensive line continued to struggle but was offset by the appearance of a more physical Bishop Sankey. If their defense constantly plays like it did on last Thursday and they will win more ball games; and rise rapidly in my power rankings.
  5. UCLA: Their dominance over Colorado shows how bad the Cougs collapse was. But it also showed that the Bruins have a different attitude than past seasons. They went into a hostile environment and curbed stomped a team that they should have (and needed to) curb stomp.
  6. Stanford: The Cardinal got dominated in the trenches by a defense that is only 10 months removed from giving up 75 points to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. Nunes looked terrible and as a result their offense stalled.
  7. Arizona State: The Sun Devils waltzed into Memorial Stadium and walked out with a ten point victory. They continue to play a physical style of football and looked much improved under Todd Graham.
  8. Arizona: Close but no cigar. The Wildcats had a lead going into the fourth quarter and blew it against the Beavers. Look for some interesting things out of the Wildcats this season.
  9. Utah: They had a bye and they moved up, even after that terrible performance against Arizona State a couple of weeks ago.
  10. California: Could we be seeing the end of the Jeff Tedford era in Berkley? The Golden Bears got out muscled and lost by ten to an improved and fired up Arizona State squad.
  11. Colorado: They didn’t even play a close game against the Bruins and its increasingly looking like that win in Pullman might be their only win of the season.
  12. Washington State: For the last three years the Cougs have played the Ducks tough. They were only four points back at the half but a six minute drive and a pick-six to open up the second half pretty much put an end to any thoughts of an upset at the Clink
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