WSU surges up the Pac-12 Power Rankings after thrashing Arizona State in Tempe
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Oregon continues to rack up wins as they position themselves for the College Football Playoff. After a 52-29 win over Colorado, the Ducks have 4 remaining games - Washington, WSU, Utah and Oregon State. It will be a tough stretch of games to close out the season but Anthony Brown has proven he can come through in the clutch when it matters.
A 44-24 win over UCLA has given the Utes full control of the South. Kyle Whittingham's squad is all but a lock to to play in the Pac-12 Title for the 3rd time in 4 years. The main goal now is to stay healthy.
3. Washington State
The Cougs are the hottest team in the Pac-12. After a rough start to the season, WSU has won 4 of their last 5 games and the only loss came to a Top 20 BYU team. Jake Dickert's team gets a much needed bye week before they face Oregon in a game that has major Pac-12 North Title implications.
4. Arizona State
The Sun Devils have been extremely inconsistent this season. Some weeks they look like the best team in the Pac-12 and others they look like a mid tier Pac-12 program. ASU will look to save their once promising season this week against USC.
5. Oregon State
Right when everyone jumped on the Beaver Bandwagon, Oregon State let their fans down with a 39-25 loss to a struggling Cal program. Despite the disappointment, the Beavers should get bowl eligible this week against Colorado.
The Bruins and Chip Kelly were the toast of the town after a thrilling win over LSU but things have begun to unravel. Now after a 44-24 loss to Utah, rumors are swirling that Chip Kelly is out in Westwood at the end of this season.
The Huskies saved their season with a last second touchdown throw by Dylan Morris to win over Stanford on the road for the first time since 2007. Once on the hot seat, Lake can now put the Huskies in first place in the North with a win over Oregon Saturday.
The Trojans barely beat Arizona last weekend but lost their best player in the process as Drake London suffered a season ending injury. USC's final 4 games consist of Arizona State, Cal, UCLA and BYU. Reaching a bowl may be tough with that schedule.
Cal has suddenly figured out how to win and look good doing it. The Golden Bears followed a win over Colorado with a 39-25 victory against Oregon State. Justin Wilcox should get his 3rd straight win this weekend with an easy matchup against Arizona.
David Shaw's program is nowhere near where it once was. The Cardinal used to consistently win 10+ games every season and now they may be lucky just to reach a Bowl.
The Buffs can take pride in the fact they managed 29 points against Oregon but this looks like it may be a 2-10 season for Colorado. Karl Dorrell needs to find a big time QB for next season.
Arizona has now lost 20 straight games. Can they avoid 0-12? The final 4 games are Cal, Utah, WSU and Arizona State.