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Pac-12 Notebook: Week 6 Power Rankings

A return to a somewhat normal week in the Pac-12...

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Welcome back to the Pac-12 football power rankings! Week five has come and gone, and we now have a bit of stability in the Pac-12. Enjoy it while it lasts, because it won’t.

What sort of shake-ups will we see in the rankings this week? Read on to find out!

#12. UCLA Bruins (1-4 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

After an awesome win against Washington State, UCLA goes and plays a largely dull game against Arizona. Joshua Kelley stood out as the biggest star on offense as he accounted for fourth of the Bruins total yards. However, Kelley received little help from his team in this contest. UCLA was hoping to build a possible win streak, but that quickly got snuffed out against the Wildcats. Now, the Bruins are back to looking at a sour season as the Beavers come to town.

Next Opponent: vs Oregon State

#11. Oregon State Beavers (1-3 Overall, 0-1 Conference)

The Beavs climbed up one spot in the rankings after putting on a good game against Stanford. Oregon State came out flat in the first half against Stanford and found themselves down 21-0 in the third quarter. Yet, the Beavers rallied and managed to tie the game up 28-28 at the end of the game before Stanford killed the clock to win. Still, this was a great game for Jonathan Smith and the Beavs. The ability to rally back and keep fighting is a huge testament to the character Smith is building in the team. The Beavers may not be competitive now, but better days are on the horizon for this team.

Next Opponent: @ UCLA

#10. Stanford Cardinal (2-3 Overall, 1-2 Conference)

In a week with no KJ Costello, Davis Mills stepped up and pioneered Stanford to a tough road win. Getting a win after losing three straight has to be a huge weight off David Shaw’s shoulders. While a win is great, there is still a lot that needs to be improved on. The offense put up a little over 350 total yards while the defense allowed over 500 yards to the Beavers. Needless to say, that formula doesn’t spell out a recipe for success against tougher Pac-12 teams. Shaw will have tough sledding as the season wears on, and it looks like a tough year for the Cardinal while KJ Costello is out.

Next Opponent: vs #17 Washington

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#9. Colorado Buffaloes (3-1 Overall, 1-0 Conference)

The Buffs had an off week this past weekend while the rest of the conference battled it out. They will look to a home matchup against an upstart Arizona team this weekend.

Next Opponent: vs Arizona

#8. #21 USC Trojans (3-2 Overall, 2-1 Conference)

Matt Fink was unable to recreate the magic from last week as he and the Trojans struggled against the Huskies this week. The Trojans as a whole churned out 375 total yards, almost identical to the Huskies total yardage (373 total yards). What also didn’t help their case was that the Trojans turned the ball over three times in the game. Regardless, the Trojans are still in the driver seat for the Pac-12 South and will get a bye week to regroup after the loss.

Next Opponent: Bye

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

Washington State came out flat against Utah and never really got anything going against the Utes. Anthony Gordon threw for just over 250 yards, which is rather tame for a Mike Leach quarterback. The offense also turned the ball over twice in their losing effort. Wazzu has been developing a turnover problem that has been crippling to the Cougs. In addition, the offense surrendered over 500 total yards to Utah. The defense isn’t holding up their end of the bargain and it is dragging the team down. The Cougs will need the upcoming bye week to help correct some of their woes.

Next Opponent: Bye

#6. Arizona Wildcats (3-1 Overall, 1-0 Conference)

Don’t look now, Arizona has creeped their way to a 3-1 record. They’ve also managed to do so without stud QB Khalil Tate. Grant Gunnell stepped up in a big way against UCLA when Khalil Tate couldn’t go and threw for 352 yards and a touchdown. It’s impressive that even without Tate, the Wildcats keep on winning. Though we are not jumping to conclusions, Arizona is on the right track to bowl eligibility and will have several more winnable games to help their cause.

Next Opponent: @ Colorado

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

The week after Cal broke into the top 15, they go and lose a tough game to Arizona State. The offense was downright putrid as the team as a whole didn’t hit 250 yards. The defense did the best they could, but were unable to will the offense to helping their winning cause. It’s a shame to see Cal fall, as they had become a fun story to watch through the season. Still, they are two games away from qualifying for bowl eligibility. Now, they need to be prepared as they have a tough slate of games coming down the stretch, starting with Oregon this weekend.

Next Opponent: @ Oregon

#4. #20 Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

The Sun Devils shocked the world again and took down the last undefeated Pac-12 team. The team as a whole played an average game, but it was the defense that brought the win home. Keeping Cal to less than 20 points and under 250 yards is a huge boost to help the offense. Eno Benjamin finally started looking like his old self as he ripped off 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns. And because of their efforts, Arizona State will get another top 20 ranking in the AP Poll.

Next Opponent: Bye

#3. #17 Utah Utes (4-1 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

The Utes bounced back after their loss to USC and beat down Washington State. The Utes put together a complete game on offense and defense to stifle a dangerous Cougar offense. Tyler Huntley played masterfully and looked in control of the Utes offense. When Utah plays like this, it shows how good of a team they can be. If they can keep putting together games like this, Utah will be staying at the top of these power rankings for a long time.

Next Opponent: Bye

#2. #13 Oregon Ducks (3-1 Overall, 1-0 Conference)

The Ducks got a weekend to rest and recover. This weekend they will face Cal who will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss. The Ducks need to careful as Cal could pose a serious upset threat.

Next Opponent: vs Cal

#1. #15 Washington Huskies (4-1 Overall, 1-1 Conference)

U-Dub shut down a dangerous USC team and firmly reminded us why they are the class of the Pac-12. The Huskies forced three turnovers and kept USC to under 400 total yards. The offense played an average game, but they received a boost from Salvon Ahmed. Ahmed turned in a monster game with 17 carries for 153 yards. He carried the Husky offense in a week where the passing game couldn’t get going. The Dogs are rolling now and will look to keep things rolling against Stanford this weekend.

Next Opponent: @ Stanford

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What are your thoughts on this power ranking? Should one team be higher? Lower? Let us know in the comments section!