2012 College Football Rankings: Updated Pac-12 Power Rankings

Updated Pac-12 Power Rankings

9/20/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ Pac-12 power rankings: Week 4
September 15, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
1. Oregon (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12; LW: No. 2) -- Chip Kelly's offense has yet to be challenged and it likely won't again against Arizona. However, his defense will be facing a high-powered scoring offense. Next up: vs. Arizona, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

2. USC (2-1, 0-1; LW: No. 1) -- I know, I know. Stanford beat USC last week, so why are the Trojans ahead in the rankings? It may be an ill-advised observation, but I think Matt Barkley wins that game nine times out of 10, and now there's no pressure to win. They can just play their game. Next up: vs. Cal, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

3. Stanford (3-0, 1-0: LW: No. 3) -- I fear for the Cardinal making the trip to Washington in two weeks. Coming off this huge win, I wouldn't be surprised to see a blip. Let's see how they respond. Next up: BYE

4. UCLA (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 4) -- The Bruins will put their 3-0 record to the test against a feisty Oregon State squad that beat Wisconsin not too long ago. Next up: vs. Oregon State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC West Coast).

5. Arizona (3-0, 0-0; LW: No. 5) -- RichRod has gotten off to a better start with Wildcat fans than he did in Ann Arbor. Can he revive the program in just one year with a colossal upset over Oregon? Next up: at Oregon, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

6. Utah (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 6) -- A bounce back win over BYU after faltering against Utah State was huge for the Utes. Just ask the crowd, which stormed the field three timesNext up: at Arizona State, Saturday, 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

7. Washington (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 9) -- Yeah, they smacked around by LSU in Week 2. But so would most of the teams in the Pac. The Huskies rebounded well against FCS Portland State and I like their chances at home vs. Stanford here soon. Next up: BYE

8. Oregon State (1-0, 0-0; LW: No. 8) -- The Beavers have only played one game. That one game was a three-point win over Wisconsin, but the Badgers haven't proved to be very good. Next up: at UCLA, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC West Coast).

9. Cal (1-2, 0-0; LW: No. 10) -- Cal may have lost to the Buckeyes, but it still moves up in the conference rankings. The Bears' offense was very potent and Zach Maynard may finally be coming around. Next up: at USC, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

10. Arizona State (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 7) -- The Sun Devils failed to beat a Missouri team without its starting quarterback. Next up: vs. Utah, Saturday, 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

11. Washington State (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 11) -- Wazzou allowed UNLV to score 20 first-half points, which was the Rebels' first time doing so since November of 2010. Next up: vs. Colorado, 4 p.m. ET (Fox).

12. Colorado (0-3, 0-0; LW: No. 12) -- Colorado may be the worst team in the FBS. It allowed 55 first-half points and 516 first-half yards to Fresno State in last week's 69-14 loss. Next up: at Washington State, 4 p.m. ET (Fox).

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9/20/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

david23420002059 wrote:
Your philosophy of USC being ahead of Stanford is way off!  Barkley beating Stanford 9 out of 10 times?  Then why is he 0 for 4 in his lifetime?
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David: 9 out of 10 this season. Stanford won in years past because outstanding play at the quarterback position. Josh Nunes is nowhere near the level that Luck was and is a poor decision-maker. He will improve, but the reason the Cardinal won was because of pressure in the backfield. USC did not put together a run game and forced Barkley into some uncomfortable decisions. I don't expect the Trojan offensive line to have another game like that. Nathaniel: Like I've said before, Alabama and LSU are on a completely different level than any other team in the nation right now. Washington has one of the better quarterbacks in the country and the Sun Devils have a ton of holes on that were exploited last week. They don't play each other this season, but I'd put my money on the Huskies between their balanced offensive attack and much improved secondary. Jess: For now, at least. I expect Wazzu to make a postseason appearance this year, which is really all we can expect from Leach in his first season.

9/20/12   |   Jess   |   34863 respect

Aww my sweet little WAZZU, near the bottom as I expected. I guess at least they're above .500 anyway. For now. *sigh*

9/20/12   |   nathanielrichmond

Hold up! How is Washington ranked over the Arizona Sun Devils? Washington got demolished by LSU, and even though the Sun Devils lost against Missouri, they still put up a better fight then Washington did. I was able to see all of my PAC 12 games last Saturday because Dish got the PAC 12 conference, and since I was subscribed to my regional sports networks already, I was able to get these channels. My Dish coworker told me the news about a week ago, and he said that customers who have the multi-sports package or AT 120+ and higher have access to the PAC 12 conference.

9/20/12   |   david23420002059

Your philosophy of USC being ahead of Stanford is way off!  Barkley beating Stanford 9 out of 10 times?  Then why is he 0 for 4 in his lifetime?