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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 5


The Pac-12 had a very busy weekend with 10 teams facing off against each other as league play was in full action. We saw big-name historical programs drop, and up-and-coming teams fly up the rankings.

1. #7 Stanford: 22-13 win over UCLA

Stanford barely survived their trip to Los Angeles in a 22-13 win over UCLA. Senior quarterback Ryan Burns led an incredible game-winning drive with 1:48 left in the game. The Cardinal offense capped off a 70-yard, 10-play drive in 1:41 with an eight-yard jump ball in the end zone to sophomore receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside, to take the lead with 24 seconds left in the game. With four seconds remaining, Solomon Thomas took a Josh Rosen fumble 42-yards to the house to put an exclamation point on the Cardinal victory.

2. #10 Washington: 35-28 win over Arizona

In another exciting Pac-12 matchup, the Huskies held off the Wildcats. Jake Browning was contained with his 160 passing yards, as junior running back Lavon Coleman carried the Huskies offense with his 181 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Browning hit Dante Pettis in overtime for his only touchdown of the game, as the defense locked up the victory. The Huskies will host Stanford this Friday in just the fourth ever matchup between top-10 teams at Husky Stadium.

3. #18 Utah: 31-27 win over USC

Utah never held a lead until 16 seconds remained on the clock, as they came back in a thrilling victory over USC. Junior quarterback Troy Williams looked poised in the fourth quarter, ending drives of 75 and 90 yards with touchdown passes to win the game for the Utes. Williams grew up idolizing Carson Palmer, Reggie Bush, and his USC Trojans, and now essentially ended his hometown team’s season.

4. Arizona State: 51-41 win over California

The Sun Devils entered the fourth quarter down 27-20 and exploded for 31 points to win the game 51-41 to continue their undefeated start to the season. The fourth quarter had many memorable plays, including Manny Wilkins producing touchdowns with his legs and arm, senior Liau Moeakiola taking a Davis Webb interception back for a touchdown, and an onside kick returned for a touchdown by DJ Calhoun. The Sun Devils look to stay hot as they travel to USC this week.

5. Colorado: 41-38 win over Oregon

The Buffaloes went into Eugene and pulled off the huge upset despite their starting quarterback injured. Freshman quarterback Steven Montez shined in his first start, throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns along with rushing for 135 yards and a score. Montez threw an absolute beautiful 31-yard pass to Bryce Bobo to take the lead in the fourth quarter. Colorado made a huge statement with this victory and now welcomes Oregon State to Boulder.

6. Arizona: 35-28 loss to Washington

The Wildcats played a very impressive game in a loss to the Huskies at home. Brandon Dawkins made a highlight play with this 54-yard pass and catch to Shun Brown, which set up the game-tying touchdown on fourth down. The Wildcats lost in overtime, but have to be happy about the play of Brandon Dawkins, who threw for 167 yards and one touchdown along with running for 176 yard and two more touchdowns.

7. UCLA: 22-13 loss to Stanford

The Bruins did not let Christian McCaffrey into the end zone and held the lead until 24 seconds left in the game. The defense surrendered a 70-yard drive and the game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds remaining. Josh Rosen fumbled the ball on the last play of the game, which was taken back for a touchdown, so the game was a lot closer than the score dictates. Regardless, UCLA blew a huge opportunity for a statement win.

8. California: 51-41 loss to Arizona State

Davis Webb threw for 478 yards and five touchdowns but threw two interceptions late in the fourth quarter, including a costly pick-six. The Golden Bears are now 2-2 and will have a tough matchup this week as they welcome Utah to town.

9. USC: 31-27 loss to Utah

The Trojans continue to disappoint this season, as they give up 14 points in the fourth quarter to blow the game against Utah. The Trojans fell to 1-3, with their only victory coming against Utah State. Pasadena has seen better days.

10. Oregon: 41-28 loss to Colorado

The Ducks were beat at home by a team that went 1-8 last season and had a freshman quarterback making his first start. Not a good look. The Ducks could easily be 4-0, but suffered two straight tough losses, as they fall to 2-2 on the season. Washington State is up next on the schedule for the Oregon Ducks.

11. Washington State: Bye Week

The Cougars beat the Idaho Vandals 56-6 before their bye and will now face Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and Arizona State in the next four games.

12. Oregon State: 38-24 loss to Boise State

The Beavers were out-gained 512-287 yards to the Broncos and gave up 27 first downs in the home loss. They now travel to Boulder to take on Colorado.

How do you rank the Pac-12 top-to-bottom? Let us know in the comments bellow, on Facebook or on Twitter.

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