Pac-12 Power Rankings, Week 8: Stanford’s Back to Reality
‘Twas another week for highly entertaining college football upsets and the opportunity to overrate eventual three-loss teams (Missouri, Auburn, etc.) this week.
Though the Pac-12 was relatively upset free, I don’t think most of us saw UCLA scoring as few points and Arizona State scoring as many points as they did.
Anyways, here’s how things shake out after this week:
|1||Oregon||(7-0, 4-0)||Similar to its 2011 and 2012 campaigns, Oregon came away from its game against Washington State with its sloppiest blowout win of the season (so far). It was another stellar day for Heisman frontrunner Marcus Mariota, who added 327 yards and two touchdowns through the air and another on the ground.||1||--|
Stanford moves up to number two this week after taking advantage of an injured UCLA team at home Saturday. Stanford seems to be lacking an identity on the offensive side of the ball, but its defense held UCLA to only ten points.
UCLA was less than impressive in its trip to Palo Alto Saturday, only mustering 266 yards and ten points. UCLA needs to get healthy on the offensive line if it hopes to win the Pac-12 South and compete with Oregon next week.
|4||Arizona State||(5-2, 3-1)||Arizona State appears to be pretty good at home this season, adding another blowout victory to the win column against Washington. Marion Grice and Taylor Kelly both accounted for four touchdowns on the ground.||5||+1|
|5||Oregon State||(6-1, 4-0)||Voters are still holding the Beavers’ loss to Eastern Washington against it, but it was another impressive outing for Sean Mannion who now leads the country in passing yards. Losing to an FCS team is unacceptable, but Oregon State has a chance to prove it’s a top 25 team with Stanford and USC coming to Corvallis the next two weeks.||6||+1|
|6||Washington||(4-3, 1-3)||This was supposed to be the year it all came together for Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies, but they’re now already halfway through the season with only one win in conference play. Washington’s defense has hearkened back to the Nick Holt era these last two weeks, and Keith Price’s thumb appears to be hindering his play. Lucky for Washington, they host current Pac-12 doormat Cal this coming Saturday, giving them a chance to get their season back on track.||4||-2|
|7||Arizona||(4-3, 1-2)||Arizona got its first Pac-12 win of the season Saturday against Utah. Ka'Deem Carey carried the ball 40 times for 236 yards and a touchdown.||10||+3|
|8||Utah||(4-3, 1-3)||Utah only has one win this year in Pac-12 play, but it’s probably the most impressive win in the league of the season. Travis Wilson left the game early Saturday with an injury.||7||-1|
|9||Washington State||(4-4, 2-3)||Connor Halliday completed 58 of a record 89 passes Saturday in Eugene for 557 yards and four touchdowns while also throwing four interceptions. Halliday is second in the country in passing yards, but also leads the country in interceptions.||9||--|
|10||USC||(4-3, 1-3)||USC looked good early against Notre Dame, but soon regressed into a team that looked reminiscent of a Lane Kiffin-coached squad. However, USC was without its leading rusher Tre Madden and lost Marquise Lee for the second half as well.||8||-2|
|11||Colorado||(3-3, 0-3)||Colorado improved to .500 this week after a victory over FCS opponent Charleston Southern. A flood cancelled a match-up with unbeaten Fresno State earlier this season, and Charleston Southern took the Bulldogs’ place, perhaps a blessing in disguise for the Buffaloes if they can somehow put together six wins.||11||--|
|12||California||(1-6, 0-4)||Saturday was another blowout loss for the Golden Bears. While we know Cal is hindered by injuries, there seems to be no improvement on either side of the ball.||12||--|
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