Pac-12 Power Rankings

Stanford: The Cardinal is keeping their winning streak alive.  Over the weekend Stanford battled USC in a high-scoring thrill ride.  After four quarters and three overtimes on Saturday, Stanford upped their streak to 16 wins.  Andrew Luck showed the Nation his ability to stay poised and level-headed when the pressure is on.  After throwing an interception in the fourth quarter, Luck was able to compose himself and put together a long scoring drive that Stepfan Taylor finished off to put the game into overtime.  Ultimately the Cardinal won in the third overtime after Curtis McNeal fumbled the ball into the end zone.  This Saturday the Cardinal will face the Beavers at Reser Stadium. 
Oregon: The Ducks were pitted against the Cougars over the weekend at Autzen Stadium.  Darron Thomas started the game for the Ducks, but he was replaced by Bennett for the second half.  Oregon’s offense looked lackluster in the first half, and wasn’t helped by the two interceptions Thomas threw.  By halftime the Ducks were only up by five points, and there were only 25 total points on the board.  Early in the second half Oregon started to get some offensive momentum going and ultimately put three touchdowns on the board in the third quarter.  The Ducks finished the afternoon off with a 28 – 43 victory, but this time they didn’t make it look that easy.  Oregon will face the Huskies in Seattle this weekend. 
Arizona State: The Sun Devils hosted the Colorado Buffaloes over the weekend.  QB Brock Oweiler led the team to a seemingly easy 48 – 14 victory and handed the Buffs another Pac-12 loss and 22ndstraight road loss.  Arizona State looked more alive than they have in the past few games, but given Colorado’s performance this season, that isn’t exactly surprising.  The Sun Devils should have an easy road to December’s Pac-12 Championship game.  Next on their schedule will be the UCLA Bruins. 
Washington: The Huskies bounced back from their loss against Stanford with a clear victory against the Arizona Wildcats at Husky Stadium.  RB Chris Polk scored five touchdowns for the Huskies and racked up 100 yards rushing and receiving.  A lot of Washington’s trouble has come from their defensive performances this season, and this game wasn’t any different.  The Wildcats put up 424 yards against the Huskies, but settled for two field goals in the first half giving the Huskies the offensive advantage.  This weekend Washington’s defense will truly be tested as they face Oregon at Husky Stadium. 
USC: The Trojans lost to Stanford over the weekend, but made the Cardinal work for their win this week.  USC’s loss came down to a fumble in the end zone in the third overtime.  Football games don’t get much closer than that.  The Trojans made Stanford appear beatable during a season where they have appeared unstoppable.  Up next the Trojans will take on Colorado at Folsom Field. 
UCLA: The Bruins added a W to their season over the weekend as they defeated the Cal Golden Bears 31 – 14.  After their Thursday night loss to Arizona this win was much needed.  Safety Tevin McDonald picked off Cal three times.  24 of UCLA’s points came off of Cal turnovers and the Bruins kept the Bears out of their territory all but once during the first half.  Next up the Bruins will face #19 Arizona State. 
Cal: Cal had a disappointing loss to the Bruins over the weekend.  It was a game full of mistakes for the Cal offense.  Zach Maynard threw four interceptions (four of Cal’s five turnovers) and UCLA capitalized with 24 of their points coming from Cal turnovers.  The Bears were close at times during this game, but couldn’t stop tripping themselves up.  Up next Cal will take on Washington State at AT&T Park. 
Utah: The Utes have been looking at an easier second half schedule and starting over the weekend they earned their first Pac-12 win against the Beavers.  Utah beat OSU 27 – 8 on Saturday.  It looked close at first, but then during the second quarter the Utes put up an impressive 21 points in only seven minutes.  Utah’s defense got to Oregon State’s QB Sean Mannion six times and intercepted him three times.  Up next Utah will face Arizona at Arizona Stadium. 
Oregon State: At best the Beavs have been inconsistent this season.  Coming off a win against Washington State the weekend prior, they were not able to keep the road momentum going and fell to Utah 8 – 27.  It was a game full of offensive mistakes against a tough defense (ranked 3rdin the Pac-12).  Oregon State’s offense remained scoreless for three quarters, but avoided the shut-out after scoring a touchdown and safety early in the fourth.  The Beavs have a tough home game ahead as they host #4 Stanford on Saturday. 
Arizona: The Wildcats went up against the Huskies last weekend and were defeated 31 – 42 at Husky Stadium.  Washington’s Chris Polk had a killer night that the Wildcats just couldn’t overcome.  Nick Foles threw for 388 yards, but it wasn’t enough.  Things came to an abrupt end for the Wildcats as Foles was picked off twice at the end of the game.  Up next Arizona will host Utah. 
Washington State: The Cougars faced Oregon over the weekend at Autzen Stadium and ultimately went down in a 28 – 43 defeat.  The first half looked extremely promising for the Cougars.  At the half they were only down by five points and had kept Oregon’s monster offense at bay.  It was a different second-half story though as the Cougs gave up some big plays to Oregon’s offense and let them run away with the victory.  Up next the Cougars will face Cal. 
Colorado: The Buffs were defeated 48 – 14 over the weekend.  The Sun Devils trampled Colorado; the Buffs could not stop the ASU passing or running game.  On offense Colorado just couldn’t get the ball into the end zone despite their 420 total offensive yards.  Colorado’s injuries continue to plague them throughout this inaugural Pac-12 season.  Up next the Buffs will face USC at Folsom Field.