Mike Robinson

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 3


With Stanford on a bye week this early in the season, the spotlight turned to all the other teams in the conference. Most teams stepped it up as a lot of points were put on the board this week in the Pac-12.  The conference went 8-2 this week and outscored opponents 433 – 246.

1. #8 Washington: 59-14 win over Idaho

The Huskies continue to surge this season as quarterback Jake Browning has thrown for 581 yards and eight touchdowns this season without playing the fourth quarter in either game. The Huskies have outscored opponents 107-27 this season.

2. #7 Stanford: Bye week

Stanford had a very early bye week and will be fresh to take on their rival the USC Trojans at home Saturday night.

3. #22 Oregon: 44-26 win over Virginia

The Ducks offense looked fantastic as Royce Freeman ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns while quarterback Dakota Prukop stays hot with 331 yards and three touchdowns, including a 77-yard touchdown pass he threw under pressure.

4. USC: 45-7 win over Utah State

After an embarrassing loss to Alabama on national TV, USC responded with a 38-point victory at home. Star receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster grabbed two touchdowns in the win.

5. UCLA: 42-21 win over UNLV

After almost pulling off the comeback at College Station last week, the Bruins took care of business at home with Josh Rosen throwing 267 yards and Soso Jamabo scoring three touchdowns on the ground.

6. Utah: 20-19 win over BYU

The Holy War had an exhilarating ending after a sloppy game that featured nine turnovers. BYU scored a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the game and decided to roll the dice by electing to go for the win with a two-point conversion. The Utah defense stepped it up and took down a scrambling Taysom Hill to seal the victory.

7. Arizona State: 68-55 win over Texas Tech

The Arizona State offense continues to put up major points and impress early on in the season. Running back Kalen Ballage set a NCAA record by scoring eight offensive touchdowns against a FBS opponent. Ballage amazingly achieved this on only 15 touches on the day.

8. California: 45-40 loss to San Diego State

California trailed for most of the game until they scored a touchdown and recovered an onside kick with 55 seconds left. Davis Webb threw his third interception of the day on the 17-yard line to end the game for the Bears.

9. Arizona: 31-21 win over Grambling State

The Wildcats showed resiliency as they come back from a 21-3 halftime deficit to score 28 unanswered points at home to avoid the upset.

10. Colorado: 56-7 win over Idaho State

Senior quarterback Sefo Liufau hit on 83% of his passes in the Buffaloes’ second straight win. Colorado has outscored their opponents 100-14 this season, but now needs to play more than a perfect game as they travel to The Big House to play the #4 Michigan Wolverines.

11. Oregon State: Bye Week

As the Beavers had their bye week, teams similar to them all won.

12. Washington State: 31-28 loss to Boise State

Some people thought of Washington State as a sleeper pick in the Pac-12 that can make some noise, but after two straight close losses to open the season that is no longer the case. Head coach Mike Leach unloaded on his team in the first epic coaching rant of the season, calling his team a “JV softball team” and referring to the idea that his team is soft because in America they give out little league trophies to everyone.  

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