PAC-12 Week 5 in Review and Power Rankings

Huskies went Bananas this week in Utah. Utes really shot themselves in the foot.

PAC-12 Power Rankings and Review

PAC-12 North

1. Stanford

This week:  Beat UCLA 45-19.  It was an unimpressive win in that UCLA gave away the margin of victory.  The Cardinal was going to win, but the Bruins really let this game get out of hand.  Luck did his thing and the offense powered their way to 45 points but the defense did struggle a little.  The gap between Stanford and Oregon I think is gone.  People may say I’m negative about a 26-point demolition, but if the Ducks only beat UCLA by 26 with how the Bruins have played, I’d be a little frustrated.

Next week:  Hosting Colorado in Palo Alto.  This one will be ugly.

1a.  Oregon

This week:  Bye week.  Michael Clay reportedly practiced.  Hopefully he’ll be able to play Thursday and help the linebackers.

Next week:  Hosting Cal on Thursday night.  The “Fighting Ducks” jerseys allegedly will be making an appearance with the actual Oregon mascot on the sleeves.

3.  Washington

This week:  Beat Utah 31-14.  Once Jordan Wynn went down the Husky defense took total control of the game.  Keith Price again looked great throwing 22/30, 226 yards, and three touchdowns.  Chris Polk was his usual workhorse self, carrying the ball 29 times for 189 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry.  The turnovers were a huge help but Washington also outgained the Utes by 89 yards.  Washington cemented itself as a top half team in the PAC-12 and could upset Stanford and Oregon if they play their best.

Next week:  Bye week before hosting Colorado, a team that hasn’t won on the road in 20 attempts.

4.  Cal

This week:  Bye week.

Next week:  Traveling to Eugene to take on the Fighting Ducks.  Quiver in fear Golden Bears.

5.  Washington State

This week:  Fans stormed the field after Washington State’s come from behind win at Colorado, 31-27.  The Trojans outgained the Buffalos by 123 yards in their first time starting out conference play 1-0 in seven years.  Backup quarterback Matt Lobbestael threw for 376 yards on 32 completions out of 49 attempts.  The Cougars only had 83 yards rushing.  This is a great win for head coach Paul Wulff and keeps Washington Sate in hunt for bowl eligibility.

Next week:  At the Rose Bowl playing UCLA.  This is another must win game and will test Washington State’s run defense.

6.  Oregon State

This week:  Lost to Arizona State 35-20.  The Beavers had 5 turnovers and even outgained the Sun Devils by 87 yards.  Oregon State also had 13 penalties for 139 yards, some of which happened at incredibly inopportune times.  Sean Mannion had to throw the ball way too much, completing 40 of his 66 passes.  He threw for 341 yards, a touchdown, but threw four picks.  If Oregon State cuts even two of those out, this game could have been a win.  Oregon State only rushed for 47 yards and their leading rusher had only 5 carries.  It’s shocking the Beavers looked so good in the first half on screen and so abysmal in the box score.  Marcus Wheaton continues to ball out, having 11 receptions for 116 yards.  Halahuni and James Rodgers also made their presence known in this game.

Next week: Hosting Arizona.  After their performance today, if they can play a full 60 minutes this is a winnable game.  20% chance, but there’s still a chance.

PAC-12 South

Vontaze Burfict and the Sun Devils have a strangle hold on the PAC-12 South.

1.  Arizona State

This week:  Beat Oregon State 35-20 at home.  It was a good performance after a slow start and possible hangover from partying too hard after the big win against USC last week.  It wasn’t the prettiest win, but a win is a win at the end of the season.  Running back Cameron Marshall seems to get better every week, averaging almost 6 yards per carry against the Beavers.  Osweiller made a fair amount of mistakes passing the ball, totaling three interceptions.  The hardest part of the PAC-12 South schedule is behind the Sun Devils.

Next week: At a wounded Utah team.  The Utes got embarrassed by their own performance.  The Utes can either tuck their tales or they can come back stronger.  If Arizona State executes it won’t matter.

2.  USC

This week:  Beat Arizona 48-41.  Matt Barkley threw the ball 39 times, completed 32 of the passes for 468 yards, four touchdowns, and only one interception.  He broke a Trojan single game passing record.  Robert Woods caught 14 balls for 255 yards and two touchdowns.  This is the scariest duo in the nation right now.  The Trojans allowed four yards per rush to the Wildcats, a team that has struggled in previous weeks running the football.

Next week:  Bye week before playing the Cal Bears on a Thursday night in Berkeley.

3.  Utah

This week:  Lost to Washington 31-14.  The halftime score was 10-7 Washington but the loss of quarterback Jordan Wynn to a shoulder injury and five turnovers was too much for the Utes to overcome.  Jon Hays filled in for Wynn and still threw for 156 yards and a touchdown, but the ground game never got going, only 17 yards all day on 23 carries.  Utah is 0-2 in conference right now and this makes the game against Arizona State a must win to have a chance of winning the PAC-12 South.

Next week:  At Pittsburgh, the second part of a home-and-home.  Pittsburgh blew out South Florida and this could get bad for Utah, but sets up for a great PAC12-Big East/ACC contest.

4.  Arizona

This week:  Lost to USC 48-41.  Nick Foles had another amazing day throwing the football, completing 41 of his 53 passes.  He had four touchdowns, the last of which was a bullet to the back of the end zone.  Keola Antolin averaged 5.8 yards per carry and had 87 yards rushing.  What did the Wildcats in were the two interceptions and having nine penalties against for 68 total yards.  The difference in this game was small and required a comeback in the third and fourth quarters from the Wildcats.  Without all those mistakes the Wildcats have a good chance at coming away with a win.

Next week:  The Wildcats will end their losing streak when they travel to Corvallis next week to play Oregon State.

5.  Colorado

This week:  Lost to Washington State 31-27 at home and almost eliminates them from making a bowl game.  This is an awful loss for the Buffalos.  They got out passed by 200 yards and averaged only 4.2 yards per carry, a strength of theirs coming in to the game.  They gave up an extra turnover and fell apart in the last three minutes.   It’s going to be a while before Colorado is competitive in the PAC-12.  It’s a battle between them and UCLA for the bottom of the PAC-12 South and the Buffs don’t play Oregon State.

Next week:  At Stanford and an almost certain loss in Palo Alto.

6.  UCLA

This week:  Lost 45-19 to Stanford in Palo Alto.  The Bruins continued to show why they are the doormat of the league along with Oregon State.  At least Oregon State put up a fight this week.  The Bruins pretty much self-destructed and gave away the point margin.  The Bruins were outgained by 100 yards and committed two turnovers.  The zone read looked good out of the pistol and the Bruins did gain 141 yards on the ground and 202 through the air, which is an improvement.  It’s the little things that the Bruins are missing.  The little things that help a team win every play.

Next week:  They play in Rose Bowl to take on the Washington State Cougars.  Both teams are hoping to get their second PAC-12 win.

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