2012 College Football Rankings: Week 9 Pac-12 Power Rankings

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Will Oregon Score 100?

10/25/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

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1. Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12; LW: No. 1) -- Chip Kelly slammed his foot on the brake pedal after working up a 43-7 lead with over 10 minutes remaining in the first half against Arizona State last week. The next 40 minutes featured a very basic, immobile offense that didn't look like its intent was to score. However, a drop in the BCS Standings may have Kelly thinking that he needs to score 100 in order to be respected, and of course Colorado is next in line. Next up: vs. Colorado, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

2. USC (6-1, 3-1; LW: No. 2) -- Matt Barkley and Robert Woods broke school records by connecting for four touchdowns en route to a 50-6 battering over Colorado. I'm not ready to say that the Trojan offense is back — the Buffaloes allow an NCAA-worst 42.6 points per game — but things are definitely looking up. Next up: at Arizona, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

3. Oregon State (6-0, 4-0; LW: No. 3) -- Starting quarterback Sean Mannion is expected to return under center this week after recovering from his knee injury. What's that? You didn't know he was hurt in the first place? Well, that's because backup Cody Vaz was excellent during his absence, throwing for 506 yards and three touchdowns in two games. Next up: at Washington, Saturday, 10:15 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

4. Stanford (5-2, 3-1; LW: No. 5) -- Stepfan Taylor ran for 191 yards and a touchdown as the Cardinal reverted to their physical ways, dominating the line of scrimmage in a 21-3 win over Cal. Next up: vs. Washington State, Saturday, 6:15 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

5. UCLA (5-2, 2-2; LW: No. 6) -- The Bruins are coming off a bye week to play an Arizona State team fresh off a beatdown. Expect a lot of ground and pound football for Johnathan Franklin. Next up: at Arizona State, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (FX).

6. Arizona State (5-2, 3-1; LW: No. 4) -- Oregon laid down the law up front and did some damage to the Sun Devils' front seven in the process. It's going to be difficult for them to battle back and trade punches with a UCLA team that had last week off. The Bruins are going to "hit 'em where it hurts," and that's up the middle. Next up: vs. UCLA, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (FX).

7. Arizona (4-3, 1-3; LW: No. 9) -- Lane Kiffin better not take RichRod for granted. The Wildcats handled Washington, 52-17, while the Trojans were only able to come away with a 24-14 win against the same team just one week prior. Next up: vs. USC, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

8. California (3-5, 2-5; LW: No. 8) -- Running backs Isi Sofele, C.J. Anderson and Brendan Bigelow combined for just 18 yards off 19 carries as the offensive line was ripped apart in the loss to Stanford. Cal needs to win three of four to become bowl eligible, with Oregon State and Oregon still on the schedule. Next up: at Utah, 9:45 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

9. Washington (3-4, 1-3; LW: No. 7) -- This is not the Washington team we expected to see this season. Keith Price has been ineffective at quarterback, leading an offense that ranks 105th in scoring (20.7 ppg) and is turnover prone. The defense has been atrocious and sits dead last in the conference against the run (196.0 ypg). Next up: vs. Oregon State, Saturday, 10:15 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

10. Utah (2-5, 0-4; LW: No. 10) -- Losing the turnover battle 4-0 will almost always lose you the game, too. And that's exactly what happened with Utah in its 21-7 loss to Oregon State. Next up: vs. Cal, Saturday, 9:45 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

11. Colorado (1-6, 0-4; LW: No. 11) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcELyKkOAakNext up: at Oregon, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

12. Washington State (2-5, 0-4; LW: No. 12) -- There's always a chance for victory when Mike Leach is your coach, especially when he has two weeks to prepare. But is it likely? No. Next up: at Stanford, 6:15 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).


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10/25/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

MortonsLaw wrote:
That's an interesting thought in regards to laying the 46 points. I just can't imagine beating the worst team in the conference can do much to improve their BCS standing. I'm sure he regrets not embarrassing the previous opponents.

No, maybe not. But think about it. If he stops halfway through -- like he did against Arizona State -- his team drops. That's what happened last week and the week before. Not demolishing Colorado would only hurt Oregon's chances.

10/25/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

Tyler_Waddell wrote:
I'm sure he's pretty pissed about another drop in the BCS. Wouldn't be surprised if the Ducks hang 70-plus just to make a statement, even if it's just Colorado.

That's an interesting thought in regards to laying the 46 points. I just can't imagine beating the worst team in the conference can do much to improve their BCS standing. I'm sure he regrets not embarrassing the previous opponents.

10/25/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

I'm sure he's pretty pissed about another drop in the BCS. Wouldn't be surprised if the Ducks hang 70-plus just to make a statement, even if it's just Colorado.

10/25/12   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

What Dan Said.

10/25/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Will Oregon score 100? No, because Chip Kelly will take the starters out at halftime as he has been doing all year. Could Oregon score 100? Easily.