PAC-12 Power Rankings

Taking a look at the power rankings in the conference after 5 weeks of play.

1) (1) Oregon (4-0, 1-0)
With their fourth blowout victory of the season, the Ducks continue to roll through their schedule beating their opponents by an average of seven touchdowns. With or without De'Anthony Thomas, expect the same result when the Ducks take on CU this next weekend in Boulder.

2) (2) Stanford (4-0, 2-0)
The Cardinal put on their second impressive performance of the season over a fellow PAC-12 program, beating Washington State 55-17. Can Stanford continue to roll when they face #15 ranked Washington this weekend? I believe they will, in one of the most intriguing games of the week.

3) (3) UCLA (3-0, 0-0) With the Bruins spending their bye week recruiting, could the Bruins be overlooking the Utes thinking they already have Thursday night's game in the bag? UCLA is very talented, but Utah is one team you do not want to overlook. Look for a very hard fought game in SLC where the Bruins have struggled as of late.

4) (4) Washington (4-0, 1-0)
The Huskies were able to get their first conference win of the season beating Arizona 31-13. Any questions that remain about this team will sure to be answered this week as they travel to Stanford and take on the Cardinal.

5) (5) Arizona State (3-1, 1-1)
The Sun Devils looked USC's defense right in the face and gave it to 'em, lighting the Trojans' defense up for 62 points. While their offense looks impressive, their defense has been suspect to giving up some big plays this season. ASU plays it's final OOC game of the season as they welcome Notre Dame to Tempe this weekend.

6) (9) Oregon State (4-1, 2-0)
Oregon State put a whooping on Colorado, lighting up the Buffs through the air with 420 passing yards. Next up for the 2-0 (PAC-12) Beavers, Washington State, where there could be about 1000 passing yards put up between the two teams.

7) (8) Utah (3-1, 0-1)
Having a bye week to heal their wounds and recoup, the Utes take on UCLA Thursday night in their annual blackout game. If the Utes are able to knock off the #12 Bruins, it would be the signature win this program has been looking for for the past few seasons.

8) (7) Arizona (3-1, 0-1)
After three lousy opponents to start the season, the Wildcats finally played a team with some talent and lost 13-31. Arizona will have a bye this week to prepare for whatever Ed Orgeron has to throw at them as his first game as the interim head coach for USC.

9) (10) Washington State (3-2, 1-1)
Washington State was torn apart by Stanford last night as the Cardinal were able to do whatever they wanted against the Cougs. After the nice humble pie given by Stanford, WSU will try to bounce back against Cal.

10) (6) USC (3-2, 0-2)
A 41-62 defeat to Arizona State was the last straw for USC's head coach Lane Kiffin, as he was fired just hours after the defeat in Tempe. Ed Orgeron will take over the head coaching duties for the Trojans, as they head into what will be a very long bye week for the entire USC program.

11) (11) Colorado (2-1, 0-1)
After three weeks off, the Buffs were finally able to get back on the field and play a game. Unfortunately, the Buffs came out a bit rusty and were having problems on both sides of the ball. To make matters worse, the team they face next just so happens to come from the state of Oregon as well...

12) (12) Cal (1-3, 0-1)
Coming off one of the most difficult of a two game stretch a team can possibly play (Ohio State and Oregon), things get much easier for the Golden Bears as they host Washington State this weekend. Probably their best opportunity of the season to get a PAC-12 win, it's a must win game for Sonny Dykes and his team.

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