Sept. 22, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion (4) hands off to Oregon State Beavers running back Storm Woods (24) in the first half of the game against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
An updated look at the Pac-12 power rankings. The Oregon Ducks lead the pack, while Oregon State and ASU made a move following impressive wins.
Another week of exciting Pac-12 action is behind us. Every team except Washington has played at least one conference game, and while some teams have impressed (Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State), others have fallen flat thus far (Arizona, Utah).
Here is this week's installment of SB Nation Arizona's Pac-12 power rankings, compiled by staff writer Scott Coleman.
1. Oregon Ducks (4-0, 1-0)
The Ducks faced their first true test of the season on Saturday night and exceeded all expectations, defeating Arizona by a score of 49-0. This team is as talented as any in the nation, although they'll need to come out a bit sharper as the competition gets enough tougher. Oregon plays Washington State in Seattle Saturday.
2. Stanford Cardinal (3-0, 1-0)
The Cardinal were idle on Saturday, and they have a big road test at Washington looming on Thursday. A win would be huge for the program, especially as they look to continuing building after the Andrew Luck era.
3. USC Trojans (3-1, 1-1)
USC took care of business against Cal, looking very much like the talented team they are. The Trojans have next week off before taking on Utah next Thursday night.
4. Oregon St. Beavers (2-0, 1-0)
The Beavers continued to impress this weekend, knocking off nationally ranked UCLA on the road. This team still has only played two games, but they've looked as anyone in the conference. An interesting road test against Arizona should let us examine OSU's chances in the North even more.
5. Arizona St. Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0)
ASU rebounded nicely after a tough loss to Mizzou, steamrolling over a Utah team that was overwhelmed in nearly every aspect of the game at Sun Devil Stadium. When this team doesn't beat itself, they're really entertaining to watch. Arizona State will hit the road next weekend to take on the Cal Bears.
6. UCLA Bruins (3-1, 0-1)
The Bruins came out sloppy against Oregon State and paid the price dearly, falling at home by a touchdown. UCLA will look to even their conference record against lowly Colorado this week.
7. Arizona Wildcats (3-1, 0-1)
The Wildcats blew multiple early red zone opportunities against Oregon on Saturday night, and while the defense played well for the first 40 minutes or so, it eventually wore down and the flood gates opened. This is a young, talented team, but they showed they weren't ready to take the next step. UA's brutal schedule continues as Oregon State comes to Tucson next weekend.
8. Washington Huskies (2-1, 0-0)
This ranking isn't indicative of Washington's talent level, but the simple fact is we still don't know much about this team. They beat up on two cupcakes and were flattened by LSU on the road. The Huskies will have a chance to prove they are for real when they face Stanford on Thursday night.
9. Utah Utes (2-2, 0-1)
With momentum in their favor following a big win over BYU last week, the Utes were embarrassed by the Sun Devils in Tempe. A very rough stretch of schedule is about to arrive, beginning with a road test at USC next Thursday night.
10. California Golden Bears (1-3, 0-1)
Cal did not impress against a frustrated USC team on Saturday, and they paid the price with a 27-9 loss. The Bears have talent, but they're yet to put it all together for more than a series or two over the course of a game. They welcome in ASU to Berkeley next weekend in a game they really need to win to keep bowl hopes alive.
11. Colorado Buffaloes (1-3, 1-0)
Just when all hope seemed lost in Boulder, the Buffaloes pulled out an improbable 35-34 win over Washington State in the final seconds to secure their first victory of the season. There is still a lot of work left to be done, but the fact that the team did not give up should give the Colorado faithful some hope. UCLA comes to town next weekend.
12. Washington St. Cougars (2-2, 0-1)
The Cougs did very little to impress in the opening weeks of the Mike Leach era, and a home loss to Colorado is about as bad as you can get in Pac-12 play. WSU heads over the mountains to Seattle for No. 2 Oregon this week.
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