Mike Robinson

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 8


This is the second week in a row that the Pac-12 has two ranked teams. Utah jumped into the Associated Press top 25 this week at No. 19 after holding off a feisty Oregon State team. Washington remained the No. 5 ranked team in the country coming off a bye. Here are our Pac-12 power rankings for week eight:

1. #5 Washington: 6-0 overall, 3-0 in conference

Washington was idle this week and will face Oregon State at home next week. The Huskies should be a heavy favorite against the Beavers.

2. #19 Utah: 6-1 overall, 3-1 in conference

Utah joined the top 25 this week after a hard fought victory over Oregon State. Naysayers should not discount the win over Oregon State since the Utes were dealing with several injuries.

3. Colorado: 5-2 overall, 3-1 in conference

The Buffaloes ran for 315 yards and five touchdowns against Arizona State’s statistically number one ranked rush defense. One more win and the Buffaloes are bowl eligible.

4. Washington State: 4-2 overall, 3-0 in conference

The Cougars are rushing the ball, managing the clock, playing phenomenal defense and showing some top-level special teams play as they extended their winning streak to four games. The Cougars will travel to Arizona next week and face the struggling Sun Devils.

5. USC: 4-3 overall, 3-2 in conference

The Trojans started the season 1-3 and changing quarterbacks during mid-season appeared to some fans as a panic move. However, Sam Darnold has 11 touchdowns since replacing Max Browned and the Trojans are now 4-3 overall.

6. Arizona State: 5-2 overall, 2-2 in conference

Since getting blown out by USC a couple of weeks ago, the Sun Devils have been struggling. Colorado stuffed the ball down the throat of the Devil’s defense, and the health of starting quarterback Manny Wilkins is still in question.

7. Stanford: 4-2 overall, 2-2 in conference

The Cardinal grabbed a much-needed win over Notre Dame this week. The team is looking to put some pieces back together after their blowout loss to Washington a few weeks back.

8. California: 3-3 overall, 1-2 in conference

California had a bye this week and will face the struggling Oregon Ducks at home. The Golden Bears still managed to jump up a spot from week 6 after UCLA lost for the second straight week.

9. UCLA: 3-4 overall, 1-3 in conference

UCLA played Washington State tough and did not give up any passing touchdowns, but the Bruins ran out of steam late in the game leading to their fourth loss of the season.

10. Oregon State:  2-4 overall, 1-2 in conference

The Beavers have played well for the past two weeks by beating Cal and giving Utah all they could handle. However, the fifth-ranked team in the country is waiting in Seattle next week.

11. Arizona: 2-4 overall, 0-4 in conference

Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats need the upcoming bye week after getting blown out at home by USC.

12. Oregon: 2-4 overall, 0-3 in conference

The Ducks are reeling and need to find a way to play defense when they travel to California to face Golden Bears.

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