PAC 12 Power Rankings

September 9, 2018

Week two is in the books, the pac twelve had one of the biggest upsets this week with Arizona State beating 15th ranked Michigan State. Stanford also beat USC in the only match-up of ranked teams this week. Here are our power rankings following week 2:

1. Stanford (2-0; W vs. #17 USC, 17-3): Stanford easily takes the top spot after the second week. An easy win over a top 20 PAC-12 South foe in USC makes this not much of a debate.

 

2. Oregon (2-0; W vs. Portland St., 62-14): Oregon dominated Portland St. on Saturday. QB Justin Herbert completed 20 of 26 passes and threw for 4 touchdowns, giving him 9 on the year.

 

3. Washington (1-1; W vs. UND, 45-3): The Huskies bounce back after a nail-biting loss to Auburn. This one was over before the first quarter ended.

 

4. California (2-0; W at BYU, 21-18): Cal holds off BYU, as their defense stands strong.

5. Arizona State (2-0; W vs. #15 Michigan St., 16-13): A thrilling comeback gives the PAC-12 their biggest win of 2018. One of the earliest upsets from one of the least likely of teams. First year HC Herm Edwards may have ASU on the rise as PAC-12 South contenders.

 

6. Washington State (2-0; W vs. San Jose St., 31-0): The Cougars jump out to an early 2-0 record, after their shutout win. Considering the fact that they’re the least experienced team in the conference, they’ve looked impressive. They could be nearing a top 25 spot.

 

7. Utah (2-0; W at Northern Illinois, 17-6): Utah’s defense shows out, securing the win after an interception was returned for a touchdown. The Utes have given up 287 yards in two games.

 

8. USC (1-1; L at #10 Stanford, 3-17): The Cardinal defense picked off QB JT Daniels twice in a game that was never close. USC will need to regroup in a hurry before hitting the road to take on Texas this Saturday night.

 

9. Colorado (2-0; W at Nebraska, 33-28): A late touchdown pass from QB Steven Mondez (33 of 50 for 351 yards and 3 touchdowns) spoils Nebraska HC Scott Frost’s debut.

 

10. Oregon State (1-1; W vs. Southern Utah, 48-25): The Beavers get their first win of the year. RB Jermar Jefferson rushed for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns on just 22 carries. He’s averaging 9.5 yards per carry after the first two weeks.

 

11. UCLA (0-2; L at #6 Oklahoma, 21-49): The Bruins did what they could, including scoring the first points of the game, but there wasn’t a chance they’d pull of an upset in this one. UCLA is simply too young and are still trying to get things figured out.

 

12. Arizona (0-2; L at Houston, 18-45): The Arizona Wildcats are THE most disappointing team of college football after the first two weeks of 2018. QB Khalil Tate has been a complete dud (41 of 79 for 538 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions). He must improve if Arizona wants to contend for anything. The Wildcats have lost back-to-back games against non-Power Five teams by an average score of 21-37.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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