Pac-12 Week Five Rankings: Washington Schools Lead the Way

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back with the Week 5 Power Rankings of the Conference of Champions. At this point, the South seems to be wide open with USC’s defeat in Pullman, while the North will seemingly come down to the Apple Cup.

1] Washington Huskies (5-0,2-0)

Washington’s domination continued with a throttling of Oregon State, something to be expected as the two schools are on flip ends of the spectrum. With a home date against a free-falling Cal side, followed by a trip to Tempe, there is no reason the Huskies shouldn’t get to 7-0, with ease.

2] Washington State Cougars (5-0,2-0)

Five straight home games for the Cougars was culminated with a solid victory over the USC Trojans, throttling Wazzou to the 11th slot on the AP Rankings. A trip to Oregon, who is sitting at 4-1 would typically be worrisome, however, with injury concerns, the Cougars should have an easy victory at Autzen and keep chase with the Huskies.

3] USC Trojans (4-1,2-1)

Despite a 4-0 start, USC seemed vulnerable in every game, sans the showdown against Stanford. Ultimately, they were unable to outdo their mistakes, ending a 13-game win streak and keeping the South wide open. A home date against Oregon State should get the Trojans back on track.

4] Utah Utes (4-0, 1-0)

There couldn’t have been a better time for a bye week, as the Utes lost Tyler Huntley against the Wildcats, giving Troy Williams an extra week to prepare for a showdown against the Cardinal, before a trip to the Coliseum in a South showdown.

5] Stanford Cardinal (3-2, 2-1)

Deja vu in Santa Clara, as the Cardinal have the same exact record as a year ago. A huge loss against the Trojans and a nail-biter against San Diego State got the Cardinal early on, before wins against the Bruins and Sun Devils. If Stanford wants to keep it’s slim hope of winning the division, they can’t drop this Saturday’s date against Utah.

6] UCLA Bruins (3-2, 1-1)

Another up-and-down type of season in Westwood, and one has to wonder if Mora’s seat is on fire yet. Despite the unbelievable comeback against Texas A&M, UCLA dropped a close game in Memphis before getting thumped by Stanford. A win against Colorado was big, giving UCLA hopes of taking the division, and a bye week should help the team refocus.

7] Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1)

Outside of a two-point loss in Tempe, Oregon has been near perfect all season. All that is going to vanish rather quickly as Justin Herbert fractured his collarbone, Royce Freeman may miss a week, and a true freshman will be under the gun. A home game against Wazzou is followed by trips to Stanford and UCLA, the Ducks could very well drop to 4-4 before hosting Utah and visiting Washington. A long six weeks may be on the horizon in Autzen.

8] Arizona State Sun Devils (2-3, 1-1)

Allowing over 300 yards to the opposing running back is never a good thing, which is what the Sun Devils allowed against the Cardinal. Despite that, they were within striking distance. Story of the year, as all three losses have been by 10 points or less. A bye week is much needed if they wish to come up with any sort of game-plan to upset the Huskies.

9] Colorado Buffaloes (3-2, 0-2)

Despite a loss to the UCLA Bruins, the Buffs are the only team to hold them under 30 points on the young season, a good indication that the defense is up there. If they can get some help for Montez, the Buffs could take four of the next five, with a date against Arizona coming up this weekend.

10] Arizona Wildcats (2-2, 0-1)

Like Mora, Rich Rod must be feeling some warmth under his glutes as the Wildcats have issue after issue. The distraction from the basketball program is combined with a need at quarterback and the arrest of Scottie Young must be weighing on the players minds. On the field, however, Arizona’s losses have both been very close. A three point decision against Houston, and a six point loss versus Utah. With Colorado, UCLA and California being the next three, the Wildcats need to figure it out if they wish to mount a surprise challenge for the South.

11] California Golden Bears (3-2, 0-2)

A 3-0 start seems to be a millennia away, as the Bears are coming off a three touchdown thumping against Oregon, a game which saw players getting injured on both sides. Demetris Robertson will miss the remainder of the year, a big sting to the Bears offense and with the Washington schools coming up, the Bears could fall to below .500.

12] Oregon State Beavers (1-4, 0-2)

Portland State was the lone victory for Oregon St, and that was by three. Portland State currently sits with a putrid 0-4 record. Outside of that, Oregon State has lost games by 58-27, 48-14, 52-23 and 42-7. Silver lining? They already played both Washington schools and still have Cal, Arizona, Arizona State and the injured Oregon Ducks in the Civil War game remaining.

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