Pac-12 Week 7 Rankings: What Happened To The Cardinal?

Week 6 provided Pac-12 fans with some interesting and unexpected results. Outside of Washington State routing Oregon State, the remaining games were relatively close. Well, outside of Utah upping the Cardinal on the road.

1] #7 Washington Huskies (5-1, 3-0) —

Coming in as three-score favorites against the win-less Bruins, Washington was tested by the Bruins defensive unit and were able to hold onto a 31-24 victory in the Rose Bowl, with the hopes they will have one more game in the Rose Bowl at the completion of the campaign. With a trip to Autzen coming u, Washington has an opportunity to bolster their CFP resume.

2] #17 Oregon Ducks (4-1, 1-1) +1

Moving up in a bye week, the Ducks had the opportunity to view how UCLA played the Huskies tough as they look forward to a date against the conference’s top team. A win gives Oregon a step up on Washington in the race for the Pac-12 North and appearance in the Conference Championship game.

3] #19 Colorado Buffaloes (5-0, 2-0) +1

Steven Montez has his Buffaloes rolling, as they held off a solid Sun Devil side, 28-21 at home. Leaving the confines of Folsom Field to sunny Southern California, Colorado has a golden opportunity to take the reigns in the Pac-12 South and make a second appearance in the conference title game

4] Stanford Cardinal (4-2, 2-1) -2

An absolutely putrid performance by the Cardinal, allowing Utah to come in and dictate the tempo of the game, dropping the contest 40-21, with their second loss in a row after allowing Notre Dame to blow them out. With a bye week coming up, the Cardinal have a chance to come prepare for Arizona State.

5] USC Trojans (3-2, 2-1) +1

Moving up in a bye week, the Trojans have a golden opportunity as they host the Buffaloes’ in, what could be, a determining battle for the Pac-12 South. A loss would put USC in a tough hole as they hope to win the conference in back-to-back seasons.

6] Utah Utes (3-2, 1-2) +3

Went into Stanford and controlled the game from the start, the Utes clawed their way back into the top half of the rankings while keeping their slight hopes of winning the Pac-12 South for the first time alive, as they are the only side yet to do so. A home game against Arizona will surely be exciting.

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

Went up against a solid Colorado side, and elevation, fighting until the end but ultimately losing the match by a touch down, for the third time this season. A bounce here, a catch there, and the Devils could very well be sitting with a 6-0 record and solid wins over Washington and Colorado to go alongside the Michigan State victory. Arizona State has a nice opportunity against Stanford following a bye week.

8] Washington State Cougars (5-1, 2-1) —

Blowing out Oregon State was to be expected from the Cougars right before a BYE week. The Cougars are a game away from clinching bowl eligibility and they will have to earn it with a date against Oregon coming up.

9] Arizona Wildcats (3-3, 2-1) +1

A week after a near comeback win over the Trojans, the Wildcats held on to a 24-17 victory over  the Golden Bears, getting them halfway to bowl eligibility. Kevin Sumlin will need to get his side ready as they make the trek up to Utah.

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

After a 3-0 start, the Bears have dropped their last two contests and will host the win-less Bruins, hoping to fix their concerns and get back on their winning ways. Well, as long as they don’t turn it over four times in the final half again.

11] UCLA Bruins (0-5, 0-2) +1

Bruins played Washington as tough as one could have imagined, ultimately losing the game by a single touch down. Offensively, UCLA may have put forth it’s best showing under Kelly, while the defense held Washington far below their capabilities. A trip to a struggling Cal will provide an opportunity to get a victory.

12] Oregon State Beavers (1-5, 0-3) -1

Oregon State have reverted to old ways, with another blow out loss against the Washington State Cougars. Bye week couldn’t come quicker as they have a date against California after.

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