Autzen Zoo Week Two Pac-12 Rankings, UCLA Still On Top?


Each week I’ll rank PAC-12 teams 1-12 based on how they did each week. This will be a fluid ranking so if you feel your team isn’t high enough just know they will have plenty of room to rise. This is totally subjective and deals more with performance but opponents/wins/narrow losses considered.

Here’s how things look after week two,

1 – UCLA (2-0), the Bruins went to Las Vegas and continued to look excellent against UNLV. Paul Perkins on the ground Josh Rosen through the air led UCLA to a 37-3 victory against the rebuilding Rebels.

2 – USC (2-0), we’ll be the first to admit that the Trojans have played two easy opponents to open this season however the results have been impressive. Cody Kessler threw for 409 yards in the 59-9 rout of the lonely Idaho Vandals.

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3 – Utah (2-0), Friday night the Utes defeated in-state foe Utah State 24-14 behind Devontae Booker’s 120 yard night rushing. Utah held the Aggies scoreless in the second half on their way to another impressive win.

4 – Oregon (1-1), of course there are several unbeaten teams that could be in this spot but the Ducks went to East Lansing and nearly won. Now I get the “hey they lost, why don’t they drop” losing 31-28 and having the ball late counts for something right? Vernon Adams passed for 410 yards with three TD’s and Bralon Addison had 138 receiving.

5 – California (2-0), I continue to be impressed with these Bears who beat San Diego State 35-7 at home this weekend. Jared Goff added three more TD passes but how about Sonny Dykes team scoring 35 unanswered points to get this win.

6 – Arizona (2-0), after struggling last week with UTSA the Wildcats went to Reno and promptly beat Nevada 44-20. Nick Wilson ran all over Nevada finishing with 194 yards in the road win.

7 – Washington State (1-1), look the Cougs were our no. 12 team last week so what did they do? Go cross country and get a last season win at Rutgers. Despite letting the Scarlet Knights outscore them in the fourth it was a 37-34 feel good win for Mike Leach and company.

8 – Stanford (1-1), another team that made up for a lousy first week knocked off UCF in their home opener to get people feeling better in Palo Alto. Kevin Hogan and Christian McCaffrey with Bryce Love passing, receiving and returning punts paved way to a 31-7 win.

9 – Colorado (1-1), a week after getting beat at Hawaii the Buffs bounced back for a 48-14 win over UMass. Michael Adkins II rushed 19 times for 119 yards with a score in Colorado’s first win.

10 – Washington (1-1), the Huskies narrowly lost in week one on the road but in their home opener ran over Sacramento State 49-0. Jake Browning passed for 326 yards and a couple scores then Myles Gaskin rushed for 146 yards scoring three times.

11 – Arizona State (1-1), yes they won 35-21 but it was against FCS Cal Poly and it was a lot closer than the 14 point score indicates. Being tied going into the fourth, the Sun Devils closed out with 14 points to get the win avoiding a 0-2 start.

12 – Oregon State (1-1), yes another PAC-12 North team will hold down the last spot in our poll. It started out so well for the Beavers who led 7-0 and had a chance for more before a turnover, then next thing you know it’s 35-7 Michigan.