NCAA Football

Pac-12 power rankings after week three

UCLA’s come-from-behind win over the Texas Longhorns was inspiring; not because of the comeback, but because of the fact that sophomore quarterback Jerry Neuheisel led the Bruin’s comeback. If Neuheisel’s last name sounds familiar, it’s due to the fact that Jerry Neuheisel is the son of UCLA alum — and former head coach — Rick Neuheisel.

Rick works at the Pac-12 Network office in San Francisco, Cali. now and the TV network captured Rick’s reactions as his son led his alma mater to victory.

While Jerry’s performance, and his dad’s reaction, is inspiring…the Bruin’s performance was not. UCLA struggled against a Texas program that is in the middle of a overhaul of its culture. The Bruins should have marched right through the Longhorns, but they didn’t as it took Neuheisel coming in for injured starting quarterback Brett Hundley for the offense to move the ball.

1) Oregon Ducks: The Ducks did exactly what they should have done to Wyoming, and that’s destroy the Cowboys. Oregon used its rushing attacks, 7.1 yards per attempt, to control the pace of the game and score 48 points.

2) Stanford Cardinal: The Cardinal overwhelmed the Army Black Knights in  their 35-0 win over the service branch. Stanford’s defense completely stalled Army’s offensive attack by shutting down its passing game (Army averaged 1.8 yards per attempt), and rushing attack (3.8 yards per carry). While the Cardinal didn’t play as well as they should have against the Black Knight, the win was enough to move the Cardinal up one spot.

3) UCLA Bruins: The Bruins struggled to beat a struggling Texas program, but they still won and are sitting at 3-0 heading into conference play.

4) Arizona State Sun Devils: Arizona State hasn’t suffered from the lack of experienced starters on the defense so far on the season, as they have dominated their opponents so far. This week, they beat Colorado 38-24…the game was not as close as the final score suggested.

It’ll be interesting to see how ASU does with the injury to starting quarterback Taylor Kelly.

5) Washington Huskies: Washington finally played a complete game, in all three phases, against Illinois. The Huskies scored their first blow out win, and first 3-0 start of the Chris Peterson era on Montlake.

6) USC Trojans: USC gave up 8.4 yards per carry to Boston College…that is all.

7) Oregon State: Bye week

8) Arizona Wildcats: Arizona took on Nevada-Reno in Tucson, Ari. and walked a way with a one touchdown victory. The Wildcats offense was clicking as they averaged 7.9 yards per play — 10.7 YPA and 6.0 YPC — against the Wolf Pack defense. Rich Rodriguez’s squad is now 3-0 heading into conference play.

9) Utah Utes: Bye week

10) California Golden Bears: Bye week

11) Washington State Cougars: WSU picked up its first win of the season in dominating fashion over FCS foe Portland State. It was a good way to show off the recently renovated Martin Stadium.

12) Colorado Buffaloes: Colorado struggled at home against Arizona State…wait, no…they were actually completely dominated by the Sun Devils. The Buffaloes are now 1-2 (0-1) on the season and in need of a miracle to make it to a bowl game.

Hey coach, are you nervous about your trip to Pullman, Wash. next week?

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