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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 2


The Pac-12 had a decent opening weekend, totaling a 7-5 record. Some teams such as Stanford and Washington looked super impressive while other teams suffered embarrassing losses.

1. #5 Stanford Cardinal: 26-13 win over Kansas State

Christian McCaffrey came out of the gates firing; totaling 210 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 35-yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter. Senior quarterback Ryan Burns looked very comfortable, connecting on 78% of his passes. The defense also forced two interceptions and recorded seven sacks.

2. #11 Washington Huskies: 48-12 win over Rutgers

The Huskies dominated all three phases of their opening game. Quarterback Jake Browning tossed three touchdowns and nearly 300 yards, the defense forced two fumbles and one interception, and the special teams unit shined by generating a 92 yard kickoff return touchdown and a 68 yard punt return touchdown.

3. #23 Oregon Ducks: 53-28 win over UC Davis

Transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop looked as good as advertised, totaling 307 yards and four touchdowns on the day. The Ducks rushing game was also very impressive as they rushed for 251 yards and four touchdowns on the day, led by the familiar face of Royce Freeman’s 87 yards and two touchdowns.

4. UCLA Bruins: 31-24 loss to Texas A&M

The previously 16th ranked Bruins came into College Station as underdogs against the unranked Aggies. A&M fed off the crowd and held a 24-9 lead entering the fourth. UCLA didn’t give up and rallied for 15 points to tie the game, only to lose in overtime. The Bruins had a very tough matchup week one, but if they wanted to be taken seriously, they needed to pull out a victory.

5. USC Trojans: 52-6 loss to Alabama

There’s really no way to spin this absolute embarrassment for the Trojans that was aired on national TV. This game definitely exposed the Trojans but also showcased the dominance that Nick Saban has built Tuscaloosa. The Trojans have talent but their national prowess took a huge hit.

6.California Golden Bears: 51-31 win over Hawaii

The Bears offense looked great against Hawai’i, but that may not be saying much since the Rainbow Warriors have given up 114 points in two games this season. David Webb threw for 441 yards and four touchdowns. The defense needs to apply more pressure, as they only recorded three tackles for losses.

7. Utah Utes: 24-0 win over Southern Utah

The Thunderbirds are an extremely easy first opponent as the Utes pitched a shutout in their first game. The defense only gave up 3.2 yards per play, 42 yards in the air, and recorded 8 tackles for losses.

8. Arizona State Sun Devils: 44-13 win over Northern Arizona

The Sun Devils rushing attacked dominated this game as the team ran for 276 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Sun Devils opened the game wide open in the 4th quarter as they scored 18 unanswered points.

9. Colorado Buffaloes: 44-7 win over Colorado State

The Buffaloes has an awesome opening day, recording 578 yards at home and forcing 4 turnovers on defense.

10, Washington State Cougars: 45-42 loss to Eastern Washington

The Cougars offense came out as well as they were expected to be, totaling 515 yards and six touchdowns, however the defense cold not contain quarterback Gage Gubrud as he threw for 474 yards and five touchdowns.

11.Arizona Wildcats: 18-16 loss to BYU

The Wildcats lost on a last-second kick after a back-and-forth battle. The offensive line struggled as the team suffered a tough loss to open the season.

12. Oregon State Beavers: 30-23 loss to Minnesota

The Beavers held a 23-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter but choked as the Gophers scored 13 unanswered to win the game. The Gophers played undermanned on defense but that still did not stop them from pulling out the victory.

It will be interesting to see how week 2 action impacts the balance of power in the Pac-12. Check back next week to see how thinks shake up.

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