Pac-12 power rankings: the Beavers are goin’ bowling

A comfortable 21-point win over a broken Stanford (3-7, 2-6) squad on Saturday gave Oregon State (6-4, 4-3) it’s sixth win of the season. That means that for the first time since 2013, the Beavers are going bowling.

CBS’ Jerry Palm has Oregon State facing Boston College in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31st in El Paso, Texas. It would be an intriguing match-up between two programs that have an aggressive running game and porous defenses. Any chance the Pac-12 has to beat up on the ACC is going to be a good one, and I would feel really confident about Jonathan Smith’s squad against the Eagles.

So far, the other bowl projections feel that OSU is headed for Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Athlon Sports – the LA Bowl against San Diego State, Dec. 18th
  • College football news – LA Bowl against San Diego State, Dec. 18th

For the OSU fan base, I would think the LA Bowl would be the preferred game as its in a much more accessible location and on a Saturday. Where as the Sun Bowl is on a Friday in a difficult to reach location.

Either way, the longest bowl drought in the conference has been broken and Jonathan Smith’s squad gets to celebrate.


1) Oregon Ducks

No. 3 Oregon survived a sloppy second quarter to grind WSU into dust on Saturday night. Anthony Brown had a career high in rushing yards and Travis Dye was unstoppable whenever he run right at the middle of the Cougar defense. The Ducks are 9-1 and should stay in the middle of the race for a playoff berth.

2) Utah Utes

Arizona pulled out all the stops as the Wildcats attempted to upset No. 24 Utah at home. Utah used a dominant performance in the second and third quarter to pull away; which was then followed but the Utes holding on for dear life as U of A made a mad dash at the end of the game.

3) Arizona State Sun Devils

The Sun Devils needed to score 21-points in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Huskies in Seattle, Wash. It wasn’t a pretty performance but it got the job done.

4) Washington State Cougars

WSU punched the Ducks in the mouth in the second quarter, but the offense was unable to generate enough scoring to keep pace with the ground and pound attack its defense faced in Eugue, Ore.


5) Oregon State Beavers

Stanford was never really in the game as Oregon State took control of it from the outset. It was exactly the type of game we’ve come to expect from Smith on the offensive side of the ball, while his defense did exactly what it needed to shut down the inexperienced Cardinal quarterbacks.

6) UCLA Bruins

A dominant win over Colorado has sent UCLA to its first bowl game since 2017 and its first of the Chip Kelly era. The 24-point victory came behind one of the more impressive performances from quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson as he completed 66.7% of his passes while he averaged 9.5 yards per attempt, to go along with 99-yards on the ground on nine carries.

7) Washington Huskies

With an interim offensive coordinator and head coach (for the rest of the season), the Huskies were still bad on offense. They were hard to watch as it spluttered down the field in fits and starts. It wasn’t a big surprise when the defense wore down in the fourth quarter, and Arizona State took an almost insurmountable two possession lead with less than four minutes left on the clock.

8) Colorado Buffaloes

The Buffs are who we thought they were, and that upset win over Oregon State win looks more and more fluky,


9) California Golden Bears

It’s starting to sound like Cal completely and utterly disregarded the COVID protocols that the City of Berkley has in place. The city pretty much says its the program’s fault, while the program is claiming that they followed the protocol…but if the Bears had followed it, why have they had 44 positive test?

10) Arizona Wildcats

Jedd Fisch literally pulled out all the stops and his squad nearly pulled off the upset win. It’s a shame the Wildcats weren’t able to, that would have been absolutely glorious.

11) Stanford Cardinal

Is David Shaw’s seat hot yet? No, because it really, really should be.

12) USC Trojans

The Trojans got an extra bye week as they get host UCLA in their rivalry game between the two Los Angeles area schools. It looks like the Cal game has been pushed back to Dec. 4th.

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