1] Washington Huskies (3-0, 1-0) +1
After a tough loss to Auburn to start the campaign, the Huskies took out their sour grapes on North Dakota before making a trip to Utah, and holding the Utes to just seven points. Arizona State is on the horizon for the Huskies, as they hope to keep the lead in the Pac-12 North.
2] Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 1-0) -1
After holding the Trojans to just three points, Stanford took care of business against UC Davis to remain undefeated on the young season. A trip to Autzen during Week Four will go a long ways towards the Pac-12 North race.
3] Oregon Ducks (3-0, 0-0) —
Ducks are flying, having scored 155 points during the non-conference portion of the schedule, while only conceding 60. Then again, playing Bowling Green, Portland State and San Jose State plays a big part of the Ducks early dominance. Stanford coming to town will be a great gauge to see where the Ducks are on the young season.
4] Cal Golden Bears (3-0, 0-0) +4
Thumped Idaho State to get halfway towards bowl eligibility. Win over Brigham Young takes a step up as the Cougars went into Wisconsin and beat the Badgers. The Bears get to rest and wait for the Ducks to come to town in two weeks.
5] Colorado Buffaloes (3-0, 0-0) +1
Defeating New Hampshire by 31 points at home was to be expected, especially after a close victory in Nebraska. The win against the Cornhuskers took a hit in quality as Nebraska dropped a result to Troy. A bye week gives the Buffaloes a chance to rest before hosting UCLA.
6] Arizona State Sun Devils (2-1, 0-0) -1
Tough luck for the Sun Devils during their trip to San Diego, just a week after upsetting, then-ranked #15 Michigan State as Arizona State lost 28-21. A targeting call with less than ten seconds left in the game led to an incomplete pass, effectively taking ASU from being within yards of getting to within a PAT of overtime to well outside the red zone. A huge trip to Washington is on the slate for Herm Edwards side.
7] Utah Utes (2-1, 0-1) -2.
Unable to upset Washington, the Utes dropped their first conference game of the season after a gritty victory in Dekalb against Northern Illinois. A week of rest before the high scoring Washington State trip should get Utah back on the right track.
8] Washington State Cougars (3-0, 0-0) +1
Another thirty point win for the Cougars, as they annihilate Eastern Washington 59-24, getting their season point differential to 131-43. Like Oregon, however, Wazzou has played sub-par competition with games against Wyoming, San Jose State & Eastern Washington. A trip to USC will give a good gauge on how legitimate the Cougars may be.
9] USC Trojans (1-2, 0-1) -5
Nearly being blanked out by Washington, USC threw their freshman QB to the wolves as the Trojans lost big to Texas, 37-14. Attempting to utilize an aerial attack, JT Daniels went 30-48 with a pick while gaining 322 yards. It’s going to be interesting to see the morale of the Trojans after giving up 34 straight points for the match against Washington State.
10] Oregon State Beavers (1-2, 0-0) —
A hooked field goal away from getting over .500, the Beavers lost a nail biter in Reno against Nevada, 37-35. With struggling Arizona coming to town, Oregon State has a decent shot of starting conference play with a victory.
11] Arizona Wildcats (1-2, 0-0) +1
Doubling up Southern Utah shouldn’t be a surprise for a side like Arizona, hoping that catapults their season around in a wide open Pac-12 South. Can’t afford a slip up in Corvalis on Saturday evening.
12] UCLA Bruins (0-3, 0-0) -1
Chip Kelly’s young Bruins very well could go 0-12 during his debut season in Westwood, as one of the five youngest teams in the nation was unable to put a latch on Fresno State, losing 38-14 at the Rose Bowl. Bye week will be welcome as the Bruins have an extra week to prep for the Colorado Buffaloes.