Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
An updated look at the Pac-12 conference through five weeks of play.
The Pac-12 currently has six teams ranked in the AP top 25 poll, with numerous others receiving votes. From top to bottom, it's tough to find any conference in the nation as deep as the Pac-12 currently is. Here is a look at the conference power rankings following five weeks of action.
1. Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0)
The Ducks have struggled a bit in the first half of both conference games, but they've blew both contests wide open in the second half as the opposing defenses began to wear down. They face their toughest challenge of the season when Washington comes to town on Saturday.
2. Oregon St. Beavers (3-0, 2-0)
How about those Beavers? A home win over Wisconsin was impressive, but road wins at UCLA and Arizona has really opened some eyes around the country.
3. Washington Huskies (3-1, 1-0)
The Huskies knocked off Stanford on Thursday night, battling on both sides of the ball and pulling away late with a couple of key defensive stops. We'll see just how good this team is when they travel to Eugene next weekend to take on the Ducks.
4. USC Trojans (3-1, 1-1)
The Trojans were idle this weekend, and they've got an intriguing road test against Utah looming on Thursday night. USC really needs to make a statement if they hope to regain their footing on the national scene.
5. Stanford Cardinal (3-1, 1-1)
Stanford really struggled offensively against the Huskies. When this team has to throw the ball, they get in serious trouble. They'll look to rebound against a battered Arizona team at home next weekend.
6. Arizona St. Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0)
The Sun Devils continued their winning ways over a pretty bad Cal team on Saturday afternoon. ASU has taken care of business thus far under Todd Graham, although they are yet to face any team with a quality quarterback. They are idle next weekend and then play Colorado the following week.
7. UCLA Bruins (4-1, 1-1)
UCLA made quick work of Colorado following their first loss of the season, and their slate of winnable games continues in the coming weeks with trips to California and Utah. For a team that struggled so much in 2011, they could be bowl eligible by mid-October.
8. Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 0-2)
Arizona has played one of the toughest schedules in the country, and they've had their chances to break through. This is a very young team, and it showed against Oregon and Oregon State. Their hard schedule continues as they travel to Stanford next weekend.
9. Utah Utes (0-1, 2-2)
Utah was idle this past weekend and has a chance to really jumpstart their season with a win over USC on Thursday night. A loss likely knocks them out of the running in the South division.
10. California Golden Bears (1-4, 0-2)
Jeff Tedford should probably avoid buying anything in the Berkeley area right now. It looks like it's going to be a long season for the Bears, and I'd be shocked if he's the head coach come next season.
11. Washington St. Cougars (0-2, 2-3)
The Cougars held tough with Oregon for a half, but then the flood gates opened and the game got out of hand. A tough road test to Corvallis awaits Wazzu next weekend.
12. Colorado Buffaloes (1-1, 1-4)
Back to the cellar go the Buffaloes after a blowout loss at home.
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