College Football is back, baby! After what felt like forever to wait, we finally had our first full Saturday of football action. With the return of CFB, brings the return of upsets, of which we saw plenty of (looking at you, SEC and FSU).
As goes the season, so goes our power rankings. And today we are back with a fresh set of power rankings.
#12. Oregon State Beavers (0-1 Overall)
Welp, I think we all saw this one coming. Oregon State got smoked in their season opener against Oklahoma State 52-36. We knew it was going to be tough sledding again this season, but Friday was still tough to watch. The offense looked very impressive over the course of the game. Not to mention, Isaiah Hodgins might be the best receiver in the conference. The defense, however, was another story. Arguably the toughest part about watching this defense was how close they were to creating plays on so many different occasions. The Beaver defense would show flashes, then lose it all on one big blown up play. Still, regardless of the score, this Beaver team is miles better than last year’s team.
Next Opponent: @ Hawaii
#11. Arizona Wildcats (0-1 Overall)
The Wildcats had a bye week after playing Hawaii in week 0. Khalil Tate and company will look to get back on track in their home opener against Northern Arizona this weekend.
Next Opponent: vs Northern Arizona University
#10. UCLA Bruins (0-1 Overall)
For all the talk of UCLA being a sleeper team this season, that quickly went away after a discouraging game against Cincinnati on Thursday night. The Bruins offense never really got any sort of momentum, especially from starting QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Offense is never usually an issue with a Chip Kelly team, so this showing has to be off-putting to Bruins fans, to say the least. UCLA needs to get back on track this weekend before Oklahoma comes to town, or it could get very ugly for Chip in La La Land.
Next Opponent: vs San Diego State University
#9. USC Trojans (1-0 Overall)
USC takes the biggest plunge in the rankings this week. As even though they took care of business against Fresno State, it came at a great cost. Starting QB JT Daniels suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire season. Losing the talented QB is horrible enough, but the Trojans offense will now have to rally behind backup QB Kedon Slovis as they take on a Stanford team with a new defense that looks far better than anyone anticipated. In addition, the defense will need to step up after allowing nearly 500 total yards to Fresno State, as their Pac-12 will not be getting any easier.
Next Opponent: vs #25 Stanford
#8. Colorado Buffaloes (1-0 Overall)
Colorado handled their in-state rivals on Friday night 52-31. The Buffs offense looked strong and the defense was able to get several key takeaways to keep control of the game. The Buffs received a boost from starting running back Alex Fontenot after Laviska Shenault and Steven Montez were held in check for most of the evening. We’ve seen Colorado start out strong in year’s past, so it will be important to see how they fare against a quality team such as Nebraska this weekend.
Next Opponent: vs #24 Nebraska
#7. Cal Bears (1-0 Overall)
Cal managed to pull out a win after an incredibly sloppy first game against a far inferior UC Davis team. Cal turned the ball over four times yet still managed to get the W. This came in large part to a breakout game from Sophomore RB Christopher Brown Jr., who rushed for 196 yards and a touchdown. When the rest of the team struggled, the young RB literally carried his team to victory on Saturday. While the turnovers are frustrating, Cal has to be thrilled with a new rushing threat to take pressure off Chase Garbers, especially considering the looming matchup against Washington coming this weekend. Cal will need to clean up the turnovers and play a nearly perfect game if they hope to have any chance of upsetting the Huskies.
Next Opponent: @ #13 Washington
#6. Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0 Overall)
The Sun Devil Offense got things started off well behind Freshman QB Jayden Daniels and star RB Eno Benjamin. The two combined for over 400 yards of total offense and 2 touchdowns. More impressive, however, was the Sun Devil defense as ASU held Kent State to 200 total yards during the entire game. Now, I know that Kent State is not a powerhouse team, but this is an impressive showing from an ASU defense that people had a lot of questions about in the past. If the defense can continue to play well, ASU could be a sleeper team in the South division this year.
Next Opponent: vs Sacramento State
#5. #11 Oregon Ducks (0-1 Overall)
Oh the poor Ducks. For most of the game the Ducks looked to be in control against Auburn. Even leading at one point by a score of 21-6 in the third quarter. Yet, that would not last as Auburn rallied and eventually took the lead with nine seconds left in the game. Now, the Ducks did not play horribly, but they did not look as good in the second half against Auburn as they did in the first. Justin Herbert had an okay game, and the defense played fairly well against a strong SEC team. Yet, the Ducks just looked average throughout most of the second half. A matchup against a far inferior Wolfpack team should help the Ducks get back to winning again.
Next Opponent: vs Nevada-Reno
#4. #25 Stanford Cardinal (1-0 Overall)
Okay, so this was not a pretty game to watch. However, this game was reminiscent of old-school Jim Harbaugh Stanford matches. The offense looked well-balanced, and the defense of the Cardinal looked far better than anyone anticipated. KJ Costello looked solid and was on pace for a 300 yard passing game before a dirty hit knocked him out of the game. Not to mention, Stanford looks to have found their new bell-cow back in Cameron Scarlett. The defense was really the star of this game, however. They allowed just over 200 yards to a very good Northwestern team and forced 4 turnovers, including a scoop and score to seal the game. In addition, starting CB Paulson Adebo looks like one of the best corners in the country. Stanford’s defense is back, and this should put the entire conference on notice. If Costello can come back healthy, the Cardinal could have just announced their contention for the North.
Next Opponent: @ USC
#3. #23 Washington State Cougars (1-0 Overall)
Mike Leach has done it again. He’s found another QB to light up the scoreboard for the Cougs. This time, it’s in senior Anthony Gordon who threw for 420 yards and five touchdowns against New Mexico State. Wazzu played a complete game and steamrolled the Aggies 58-7. There’s not a whole lot that needs to be said, Wazzu looked really good this past weekend and should expect to climb up the polls this week. As for this power ranking, they are this week’s biggest riser.
Next Opponent: vs Northern Colorado
#2. #13 Washington Huskies (1-0 Overall)
Holy smokes, Mr. Eason. I think we all expected U-Dub to play well against an FCS team, but I don’t know if anyone expected new starting quarterback Jacob Eason to look as good as he did. Eason was easily the biggest star of the day, as he threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns. Eason led the Huskies to a 47-14 drumming of a respectable FCS team in Eastern Washington. The defense of the Huskies once again looked great, and the rushing game looked very good as well. We’re only one week in, but you could argue that Washington looks even more formidable with Eason under center this year. The Huskies should be one of the conference’s best shots at the CFP this season.
Next Opponent: vs Cal
#1. #14 Utah Utes (1-0 Overall)
It took Utah a whole half of football to get warmed up, but once they got going there was no chance for BYU against their rival. The Utah defense looked ferocious and the rushing game for Utah could be shaping up to be one of the best in the conference. Zack Moss rushed for 187 yards and a touchdown in his first game back from injury, and will be the leader of this Utah rushing attack. Tyler Huntley looked average as a passer, and will need to improve that part of his game if Utah wants to win the conference. Still, the Utes looked legit on Thursday night, and they should rack up another win against NIU this weekend.
Next Opponent: vs Northern Illinois University
Week one of college football is in the books. It is great to finally have some football to talk about. Speaking of which, do you have something you want to share about this week’s power rankings? Let us know in the comments!