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Pac-12 Notebook: Week 7 Power Rankings

After a light week of football, another favorite in the conference falls...

NCAA Football: Oregon State at UCLA Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

#12. UCLA Bruins (1-5 Overall, 1-2 Conference)

UCLA found themselves trailing from the start of week six, precisely by 21 points within the first six minutes. From this point, the Bruins never managed to recover, despite having a pretty solid offensive day. Austin Burton helped pioneer the Bruins offense to nearly a 500 yard performance. But that didn’t matter when the defense did little to stop Oregon State the entire night. You have to start wondering how hot Chip Kelly’s seat is getting after a tough loss like this.

Next Opponent: Bye

#11. Oregon State Beavers (2-3 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

We did it! We finally beat Chip Kelly! Well, maybe not the Oregon Duck Chip Kelly, but this win still feels great. The Beavs controlled this game from the start and managed to do something that this team has failed to do so many times before. Finish. Jake Luton balled out and helped put away the Bruins when they attempted to mount a comeback. Artavis Pierce played very well, and Isaiah Hodgins continued to demonstrate why he is the best receiver in the conference. Sure, we would like the defense to play better, but they performed well enough to get the W, and that’s what matters most. Savor this win, Beaver Nation.

Next Opponent: vs #15 Utah

#10. Colorado Buffaloes (3-2 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

The Buffs came out of their bye week and lost a shootout against Arizona. Steven Montez and Alex Fontenot helped the offense compile 496 total yards and 30 points. Usually, this should be enough to secure a win. The problem here for the Buffs is that they ran into a Khalil Tate buzzsaw. Tate balled out and and forced Colorado to have to outscore them, which they were unable to do. Despite this loss, Colorado is still a quality team and will have a few more winnable games to get themselves to bowl eligibility.

Next Opponent: @ #13 Oregon

#9. Stanford Cardinal (3-3 Overall, 2-2 Conference)

In what could be the upset of the year so far in this conference, Stanford put on an incredible show to take down an elite Husky team. Davis Mills played very well, but it was Cameron Scarlett that gave the Cardinal the boost they needed. Stanford finally went back to their ground-and-pound roots, and Scarlett rewarded them with 151 rushing yards. What could be more impressive than Stanford offensive outburst could be how well the defense played against a dangerous offense. Paulson Adebo led the way for the defense and earned Pac-12 Defensive player of the week, reminding everyone why he is a top NFL draft prospect. An upset like this can help jolt the Cardinal to bowl eligibility, and they will now have a chance to rest with an impending bye to ready themselves for that push.

Next Opponent: Bye

NCAA Football: Washington at Stanford Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

#8. USC Trojans (3-2 Overall, 2-1 Conference)

USC enjoyed a bye week this week. They prepare for an impending fight against rival Notre Dame in the battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh.

Next Opponent: @ #9 Notre Dame

#7. Washington State Cougars (3-2 Overall, 0-2 Conference)

The Cougs also enjoyed a bye week after a rough loss to Utah. Mike Leach and Anthony Gordon will travel to Tempe to take on the 18th ranked Sun Devils.

Next Opponent: @ #18 ASU

#6. Cal Bears (4-2 Overall, 1-2 Conference)

Despite Cal’s hot start, the Golden Bears have regressed over the past two weeks and expectations felt low heading into this game. Yet, they still put on an impressive performance and held their own against a conference favorite in the Ducks. Holding the Ducks to just 17 points and forcing three turnovers is an impressive feat for the Cal defense. Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, the offense couldn’t back up the defense. Devon Modster got his first start for the Bears and faced an uphill task of facing a tough Ducks squad, and wasn’t able to seize the moment. Still, Cal is on the cusp of qualifying for a bowl and is a dangerous team that you can’t take lightly in the Pac-12.

Next Opponent: Bye

#5. Arizona Wildcats (4-1 Overall, 2-0 Conference)

Arizona continues their scorching start and now sits atop the south conference at 4-1. Khalil Tate had a monster game with over 400 yards passing and stepped up when the run game couldn’t muster anything. After spending last season on the hot seat, Kevin Sumlin has the Cats humming along. Even though we are six weeks into the season, the Cats have established themselves as contenders. Looking forward, Arizona has a favorable schedule and could have a legit chance of making a run for the south title. Their candidacy will sink or swim next week against the Huskies.

Next Opponent: vs Washington

#4. #Washington Huskies (4-2 Overall, 1-2 Conference)

So this loss for Washington was..... bad. There’s no real way to beat around the bush. This was a “should’ve won” game for the Huskies that they fumbled away to the Cardinal. Jacob Eason looked pedestrian and the run game was largely inefficient against a Stanford defense that has struggled throughout much of the season. One of the bright spots for the Huskies was wide receiver Aaron Fuller, who put on a show with 171 yards on nine catches. Outside of Fuller, not a lot went right for Washington. With a conference run that is still in it’s early stages, a gimme win like this will sting for the Huskies. They just have to hope that it doesn’t affect them down the stretch as the conference title push heats up.

Next Opponent: @ Arizona

#3. #18 Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

The Sun Devils may have had a bye week, but their twitter account still got them a W on the day.

Next Opponent: vs WSU

#2. #15 Utah Utes (4-1 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

Utah also enjoyed a nice bye weekend. They will travel to Corvallis to take on a Beavs team coming off their first conference win.

Next Opponent: @ Oregon State

#1. #13 Oregon Ducks (4-1 Overall, 2-0 Conference)

The Ducks started this game off slowly. Like, VERY slowly. Oregon turned the ball over three times and shanked a field goal, all of which happened in the first quarter. Yet, despite this atrocious start, the Ducks managed to get things going. Justin Herbert looked average throughout most of the night, but the rushing offense garnered 190 yards as a team which helped carry them to a win. With the Ducks churning out tough wins, and Washington taking bad losses, the Ducks are in prime position in the north and will look to make a run to clinch a spot to Levi’s Stadium.

Next Opponent: vs Colorado

NCAA Football: California at Oregon Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

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