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Pac-12 Notebook: Week 3 Power Rankings

Week 2’s insanity brought shakeups to this week’s power rankings...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Cal at Washington Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 2 of college football brought some early season shakeups in the conference. From shocking upsets to dominating wins, the Pac-12 covered the entire spectrum of positive and negative this weekend.

Let’s take a look at these teams and their rankings for this week...

#12. Oregon State Beavers (0-2 Overall)

So, the Beavers played a.... less than stellar match against Hawai’i. Our very own editor, Travis Johannes, summed the game up quite well; “Beavers Play Dumb Game, Lose in Dumb Ways“. This elegant article title summarized a rather wacky and head-scratching game for Beaver fans. It was a tale of two halves. The offense was stellar and the defense was not so much in the first half before roles switched in the second half. This was a game of blown opportunities and infuriating calls that led the Beavs to this 0-2 start. Oregon State desperately needs a win next week against Cal Poly.

Next Opponent: vs Cal Poly

#11. UCLA Bruins (0-2 Overall)

So, the aforementioned Oregon State Beavers may not be that great, but it looks like they are not that far behind UCLA, neither. This team is not good. In a dud of a game, UCLA dropped a bad loss to San Diego State in a game where the Bruins offense tallied less than 300 total yards. Chip Kelly has had a seriously tough sledding the first few weeks of this season. And it is not getting better this week, as Heisman hopeful Jalen Hurts and the number four ranked Oklahoma Sooners come into Pasadena this weekend. This game could get very ugly, very quickly.

Next Opponent: vs #4 Oklahoma

#10. Arizona Wildcats (1-1 Overall)

Arizona bounced back from a bad loss against Hawai’i to put a serious hurting on Northern Arizona this past weekend. The Wildcats tallied 720 total yards and showed the scary offense we all thought they could have this season. One of the most impressive parts of this game is seeing J.J. Taylor and Gary Brightwell each rush for over 100 yards in favor of Arizona. It’s tricky to say what this season holds for the Wildcats. Expect a lot of ups and downs for Kevin Sumlin and company this year.

Next Opponent: vs Texas Tech

#9. Stanford Cardinal (1-1 Overall, 0-1 Conference)

After a stellar showing for the defense in week one, the Cardinal defense laid a dud of a game this past weekend and were handled by a freshman QB. When it was all said and done, USC was seven yards short of a 500 yard game and ran up and down the field on Stanford for most of the night. The absence of KJ Costello was apparent, as the offense struggled for most of the night. And Cameron Scarlett never really got anything going on the ground to help out. David Shaw is an excellent coach and will find a way to bounce back, but it could be rocky sledding this next week against UCF.

Next Opponent: @ #17 UCF

#8. Colorado Buffaloes (2-0 Overall)

The Buffs turned it on in the second half and rallied from a 17-0 deficit to take down #24 ranked Nebraska in a thrilling win. Steven Montez was the biggest asset on offense weekend, slinging the rock for 375 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to this victory. Stealing a second straight win over Nebraska has to be a great feeling for Colorado as they ready for conference play. Colorado will need to string together a few more wins such as these in order to get over the hump for bowl eligibility this season.

Next Opponent: vs Air Force

Nebraska v Colorado Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

#7. Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0 Overall)

I wanted to rank Arizona State higher for their undefeated record, but narrowly beating Sac State kept me from doing so. Arizona State may have been the far superior team, but they let a FCS team stick around for the majority of the game when the Sun Devils had plenty of chances to put them away. QB Jayden Daniels stepped up and had his first big collegiate game for ASU. It turned out to be a timely breakthrough as star RB Eno Benjamin was unable to break through for most of the night. ASU is a team with a lot of potential, but they will need to to elevate their level of play, as they will face their first major opponent of the season as they will travel to play the Michigan State Spartans this weekend.

Next Opponent: @ #18 Michigan State

#6. Cal Bears (2-0 Overall, 1-0 Conference)

Dude, how about these Golden Bears this past weekend? Cal played an incredible game and took down the #14 Huskies to pull off a stunning upset. The wild part of this game is that no one on Cal’s offense had a particularly stellar game. The major offensive players like QB Chase Garbers and RB Christopher Brown Jr. had fairly pedestrian games. The offense as a whole tallied just over 300 total yards. The star of this game was undoubtedly the Cal defense, as they gave U-Dub headaches the entire game and kept the score within striking distance. A win like this can define a program’s season, and this was a huge win for the Golden Bears as they ready for more conference play.

Next Opponent: vs North Texas

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Stanford at USC Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#5. #24 USC Trojans (2-0 Overall, 1-0 Conference)

QB Kedon Slovis quickly silenced anyone doubting his ability to step up for USC. The freshman tallied 377 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in a route over Stanford. USC’s offense as a whole shined bright against a stingy Cardinal defense. The game was in control by the end of the third thanks to USC’s consistent scoring. Slovis was the headline of the week for USC and he will lead the Trojans into a dangerous matchup against a tough BYU team.

Next Opponent: @ BYU

#4. #23 Washington Huskies (1-1 Overall, 0-1 Conference)

After a lights-out week one performance, the Huskies came crashing back to Earth in week two as they suffered a stunning upset at the hands of Cal. Jacob Eason took a steep drop-off from week one to week two and never found a groove against a stingy Golden Bears defense. Salvon Ahmed was the brightest star for U-Dub this weekend as he rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, but that still wasn’t enough to bring Washington the win. The Huskies will look to get back on track this weekend as they prepare for a matchup against Hawai’i.

Next Opponent: vs Hawai’i

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#3. #15 Oregon Ducks (1-1 Overall)

So it looked like there was a bit of leftover anger from the Auburn game this week as the Ducks destroyed Nevada 77-6. The poor Wolfpack team ran into a buzzsaw Ducks team that was seeing red after their week one loss. Justin Herbert was dealing all game long and looked like a consensus top NFL QB, while the rushing offense for Oregon tallied over 220 yards. Arguably the most impressive part of this game was the Duck defense, which allowed less than 200 total yards to Nevada and made sure Oregon had this win secured early on in this game.

Next Opponent: vs Montana

#2. #20 Washington State Cougars (2-0 Overall)

Anthony Gordon and the Cougars again dismantle their opponents in high-flying fashion this past weekend. The Cougars totaled almost 600 yards of offense, and 464 of those yards came from Gordon’s golden arm, with the senior also throwing four touchdowns in this game. There was never any doubt about this one, as Wazzu took over early and never looked back. It’ll be exciting to see Mike Leach and crew take on their first challenge in Houston this next weekend.

Next Opponent: @ Houston

#1. #11 Utah Utes (2-0 Overall)

Once again at the top fo the list is Utah. It took them a bit to get going against NIU, but the Utes surged in the second half to lock down this win with a lockdown defense and an effective offense. Tyler Huntley played a quality and efficient game to secure this win for Utah, while Zack Moss performed as his usual self and recorded two score to help Utah stay undefeated. Utah looks like they are still the team to beat in the Pac-12 this year, and that should not change after week three.

Next Opponent: vs Idaho State

Week two of college football has finally brought us some wold scores and upsets in the Pac-12. And the Power Rankings have certainly been shaken up over these results.

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