Sep 28, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Kevin Smith (8) celebrates a touchdown reception against the Arizona Wildcats with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88), offensive linesman Mike Criste (78) and tight end Joshua Perkins (82) during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Pac-12 Poll Predictions Week 5: Washington Moves Closer to the Top 10


Oregon Holds at #2 in Both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll. Arizona State returns to the ranked.

Week 5 AP/Coaches Poll

Pac-12 ranked teams in Week 5 held their ground.  One team that did impress was Oregon, taking the game away from Cal early in the first quarter and capitalizing on four Golden Bear fumbles in monsoon like conditions at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks weathered the storm winning 55-16. Oregon also lost Running Back De’Anthony Thomas to injury on the first play of the game. He rolled his ankle on the opening kickoff. X rays were not taken on Saturday night and he will see a doctor on Monday.

There were some upsets in the Top 10 Associated Press rankings this weekend including #9 Georgia beating #6 LSU and #11 Oklahoma State losing to an unranked West Virginia squad. I’m not sure these two are enough to really move any Pac 12 team around very much in the poll this week. One team that has the best chance at moving up, possibly to the cusp of the Top 10 is Washington. The Huskies, 4-0(1-0 Pac-12) defeated Arizona(3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) Saturday 31-13.

Meanwhile in the Top 5 it was standard procedure with Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State(topped #23 Wisconsin by 3), and Stanford all winning their games. The Ducks may pick up a few first place votes after demolishing Cal in less than perfect weather conditions, but will it be enough to unseed the Tide from the top spot? Not this week. Arizona State may creep back in to the Top 25 this week for the Pac-12, but the Trojans fall from grace continues and there wasn’t much grace left as Lane Kiffin was fired on Sunday morning.

Oregon takes to the road in Week 6 and heads to Boulder to face Colorado on Saturday, October 5th(3:30 PT, Pac-12 Networks)

Oregon Football This Week:

Oregon Vs Cal Final: Addison And Ducks Run Past Bears 55-16
 
Pac 12: USC Fires Head Coach Lane Kiffin After Loss To Arizona State 62-41
 
Oregon Ducks’ Thomas Injured Early In Game Vs Cal, Returned To Sideline In 2nd Half On Crutches
 
 
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