Pac-12 Power Rankings: Tyler Huntley is the real deal

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In his second ever start, Utah Utes (2-0) sophomore Quarterback Tyler Huntley absolutely dominated the Holy War as he rolled up 389 total yards of offense in the 19-13 victory over BYU (1-2).

Through the air, Huntley, completed 27 of 36 passes for 300 yards (8.3 yards per completion), yet did not throw a touchdown; most of the sophomore’s damage came on the ground as he scored two touchdowns while running for 89 yards on 19 carries (4.7 yards per carry) and one score. When plays broke down, the Utes’ quarterback was able to get outside of the pocket to extend the play, or pick up the first down with his legs. It’s going to be interesting to see how Pac-12 defenses handle the dynamic QB as we move forward.

It was another win in the Holy War for Utah, now the program has to gear up for a matchup against San  Jose State next Saturday.  Now, onto our power rankings.

1) Washington Huskies (-): No. 7 Washington obliterated Big Sky power Montana 63-7 in front of a stadium that emptied out very quickly as the Huskies built up their massive lead.

2) USC Trojans (+1): The Trojans out played Stanford at their own game in a 42-24 route that snapped the Cardinal’s three game winning streak in the series. No. 4 USC ran the ball 48 times for 307 yards while averaging 6.4 yards per carry. It was an impressive game on the ground for Clay Helton’s squad.

3) Washington State Cougars (+1): After looking like hot trash for three and a half quarters, the Cougars overcame a 21-point deficit to send the game into overtime. Eventually backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski led the Cougars to a 47-44 victory in three overtimes to give No. 21 Washington State its first 2-0 start since before the week before this blog was a thing (early September, 2011).

4) Colorado Buffaloes (+1): A slow start for the Buffs offense allowed Texas State to hang around longer than it should have. But Colorado eventually poured it on in a 17-point third quarter to pull away from the Bobcats.

5) Stanford Cardinal (-3): USC confirmed that Stanford’s offensive line is the team’s biggest weakness as Keller Chryst was sacked twice and rarely had time in the pocket against the more athletic Trojans. What was kind of surprising, was the defensive line’s struggles at generating pressure on Sam Darnold…which will be concerning if it continues throughout Stanford’s next couple of games.

6) Utah Utes (-): Utah extended its winning streak in the Holy War to seven games as the Utes quarterback completely took over the game. It was a big win for a program that’s hoping to establish itself as one of the Pac-12’s premier programs.

7) Oregon Ducks (-): Through the first half, the Ducks’ offense scored 42 points…they wouldn’t score any more after half time. Despite not scoring in the second half, Oregon managed to hold on for the 42-35 win against an energized Nebraska squad that had a surprisingly potent offense.

8) UCLA Bruins (+1): A week after their miracle comeback against Texas A&M last week, the Bruins offense picked up where it left off and scored early and often against the Hawai’i Warriors on Saturday. Quarterback Josh Rosen looked sharp as he completed 22 of 25 passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns.

9) California Golden Bears (-1): A week after a surprise win in Chapel Hill N.C., the Golden Bears struggled to put away Weber State Saturday afternoon. The game wasn’t completely put out of reach until running back Patrick Laird scored on 73-yard run down the side line with 1:48 left to play. Cal’s defense will continue to struggle this season as Justin Wilcox must rebuild its talent level.

10) Arizona Wildcats (+1): Arizona’s offense looked ineffective against the Houston Cougars in a 19-16 loss in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday. The Wildcats only rolled up 371 yards of offense while throwing one interception and losing one fumble. They’re going to be in a lot of trouble heading into conference play.

11) Arizona State Sun Devils (-1): While ASU’s secondary did a decent job containing the pass – San Diego State only picked up 73 yards through the air on nine completions – the front seven was unable to stop the Aztec’s rushing attack – SDSU rolled up 279 rushing yards on 43 carries. The deciding factor in this game was SDSU’s fumble and kick returns for touchdowns…those accounted for 14 of the Aztec’s 30 points, and the 10-point margin of victory.

12) Oregon State Beavers (-): The Beavers were the only Pac-12 team to play a non-conference FBS foe in week 2, they got absolutely slaughtered by the Golden Gophers. Minnesota raced out to such an early lead, OSU never got a chance to run its offense and instead had to rely on Jake Luton’s arm to try to get them back in the game…it didn’t go well.

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