Pac 12 Power Rankings

Week 1 is in the book and we've already got a new team at the top...

1. Stanford (1-0, 0-0)
The Cardinal looked as good as any team in the country with their 56-3 shellacking of San Jose State. The Andrew Luck Heisman campaign is on track through week 1. It's a battle of brains this week as the Cardinal go across the country to face Duke.

2. Oregon (0-1, 0-0)
The Ducks were beaten soundly by LSU in Texas with turnovers proving to be the difference. The offense doesn't look as dynamic as it did last season as LaMichael James was shut down by an SEC defense for the second straight game. Nevada travels to Eugene this week.

3. Cal (1-0, 0-0)
Zach Maynard and the offense were solid, but the defense was unbelievable holding Fresno State too 210 yards of total offense. The front seven for Cal looks like it might be one of the best in the country. The Bears get Colorado this week in Boulder in what is officially a non-conference game.

4. USC (1-0, 0-0)
Outside of the unbelievable days by Matt Barkley and Robert Woods, who had 17 catchaes for 177 yards and 3 TDS, with 13 of those catches and all of the TDs coming in the first half, the Trojans didn't look special against Minnesota at home. The defense looks much better than a year ago, but the running game produced only 67 yards on 24 carries. Against Utah next week, they'll be lucky to get half that if they play the same way.

5. Arizona State (1-0, 0-0)
The Devils had no trouble with UC Davis as Brock Osweiler put up big numbers and the defense looked as stout as advertised. They'll be tested this week though with a home date against Missouri.

6. Arizona (1-0, 0-0)
I've said it before and I'll say it again. When healthy, Nick Foles is as good as any quarterback in the country, and that includes Andrew Luck. He throws one of the prettiest balls I've ever seen and lit up Northern Arizona for 412 yards and 5 TDs in a 41-10 romp. It'll be a big test this week as the Wildcats travel to Oklahoma State for a Thursday night battle.

7. Utah (1-0, 0-0)
The Utes jumped out early on Montana State and held on for a comfortable, yet unsatisfying win over an FCS team. The offense looked brutal, as did Jordan Wynn, but the defense appears to be as good as advertised. If the offense doesn't improve dramatically, they're in for a long year. Next week at USC.

8. UCLA (0-1, 0-0)
The Bruins were forced to play catchup against Houston and fell just short after missing a short field goal and having a PAT blocked in the final minutes giving the Cougars a 4 point win. The offense was spectacular with well over 500 yards, but the defense was abysmal. Is this another year where the Bruins play well on one side of the ball and poorly on the other? They'll get a breather this week at home against San Jose State.

9. Washington (1-0, 0-0)
The Huskies should not have struggled as much as they did against Eastern Washington in a 30-27 win. EWU is one of the best teams in the FCS, but they shouldn't be putting up 504 yards on Washington. Stanford would have had 800 with the way the Huskies played. They get Hawaii at home next week, who can put up yards in bunches.

10. Washington State (1-0, 0-0)
The Cougars put up 64 points on lowly FCS squad Idaho State, but lost QB Jeff Tuel for six weeks with an injury. The offense was unbelievable, but the loss of Tuel was probably not worth the win. Luckily, they get UNLV at home this week.

11. Colorado (0-1, 0-0)
If Jon Embree wanted to make a statement game to open his tenure at Colorado, he failed. The Buffs' offense was miserable against Hawaii, not a team known for the defense. They take on Cal at home this week in a non-conference game.

12. Oregon State (0-1, 0-0)
A loss at home to an FCS team lands the Beavers at the bottom. OSU is a perennial slow starter, but this is ridiculous. It won't get any easier as they travel to Madison to take on Wisconsin.

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