Oregon retains the top spot in the Power Rankings as the only undefeated team in the conference
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The Ducks retain the top spot after an easy 48-7 victory over Stony Brook. Oregon was able to get valuable experience for their young talent and many showed that they have bright futures. Next up for the Ducks is the reeling Arizona Wildcats who have lost 15 straight.
UCLA played an instant classic against Fresno State and unfortunately came out on the wrong side of history with a 40-37 loss after some heroics by Bulldog QB Jake Haener. The Bruins still have a strong resume but face another tough test this weekend with a trip to Palto Alto to face Stanford.
The Cardinal have looked like Pac-12 contenders the past two weeks with dominant wins over USC and Vanderbilt. The defense features strong DB play and the offense has been humming since Tanner McKee was named the starter.
USC trailed WSU by 14 before exploding for 45 straight points in Donte Williams' debut as the USC interim Head Coach. The Trojans played inspired football and Jaxson Dart showed that USC will continue to have a bright future no matter who becomes the Head Coach down the road.
Arizona State had their first test of the season with a trip to Provo and couldn't overcome the crowd noise in a 27-17 loss. The Sun Devils still have a chance at the Pac-12 South Title and begin conference play against Colorado this weekend.
6. Oregon State
The Beavers are looking like a potential Bowl team after dominant wins over Hawaii and Idaho. Chance Nolan has been one of the best quarterbacks in the conference this season and now has a chance to get a statement win for Oregon State with a contest against USC this Saturday as 12 point underdogs.
After two horrible performances, Washington returned to the elite level of play that we all expected in the off-season. The Husky defense was swarming and the offense was dynamic with Jalen McMillan looking unstoppable. UW will look to continue their offensive surge against Cal on Saturday at 6:30 on Pac-12 Network.
San Diego State moved to 7-2 against the Pac-12 since 2016 after a thrilling triple overtime win against the Utes. After the loss, Charlie Brewer announced he would leave the Utah program and Cam Rising will take the reins for the rest of the season. Rising showed promise on Saturday with 3 touchdown passes and 46 rushing yards.
The Golden Bear defense continues to struggle after giving up 30 points to FCS Sacramento State and they now rank last in the Pac-12 in yards allowed per game. On the other hand, the offense has surprisingly been very good and ranks 3rd in the Pac-12.
Colorado face planted against Minnesota in one of the worst offensive performances you will ever see. The Buffs managed just 63 total yards and have now scored 7 total points the past two weeks.
Coug fans have begun calling for the firing of Nick Rolovich after an uninspiring 45-14 loss to USC. WSU has some nice pieces on offense and defense but haven't been able to put it all together yet.
Things are officially very very bad in Tucson. The Wildcats lost 21-19 to FCS Northern Arizona and have lost 15 straight games overall. Now they must face the Oregon Ducks. Yikes.