As promised, here are our Pac-12 power rankings for the second week. A bit of movement, but it looks the same at the top.
- Southern California (1-0, 0-0; last week: 1) – The Trojans did whatever they wanted against Hawaii last week. Expect more of the same against Syracuse, though USC would probably like to eliminate some of those dropped passes.
- Oregon (1-0, 0-0; last week: 2) – Besides the uniforms, the Ducks’ season-opening win over Arkansas State was a thing of beauty. Interested to see how Marcus Mariota fares against Pac-12 teams.
- Utah (1-0, 0-0; last week: 3) – A convincing win against Utah State could merit consideration for a bump up in these rankings.
- Stanford (1-0, 0-0; last week: 4) – Thought about dropping the Cardinal a spot, but something tells me there’s more to Josh Nunes and that offense than what we saw against San Jose State. And nobody else in the conference looked real great, either.
- Washington (1-0, 0-0; last week: 5) – Big week for the Huskies. Game at LSU will tell a lot about their character. And, you know, their talent.
- UCLA (1-0, 0-0; last week: 8) – Bruins probably aren’t totally satisfied with their effort against Rice, but the big offensive totals bode well. Good test against Nebraska this week.
- Arizona State (1-0, 0-0; last week: 10) – Todd Graham had plenty of nice things to say about his new quarterback after a rout of Northern Arizona. Will he take the same tone after ASU plays Illinois?
- Arizona (1-0, 0-0; last week: 9) – Not many points, but tons of yards for Arizona in its opener. If Wildcats can figure out a way to convert those yards, look out.
- California (0-1, 0-0; last week: 6) – Yeah, maybe don’t schedule Nevada anymore.
- Washington State (0-1, 0-0; last week: 7) – Excitement might be hushed a bit, but WSU’s schedule still suggests a 3-1 start.
- Colorado (0-1, 0-0; last week: 12) – Same old problems for Buffaloes in their opener. Running game needs to show up.
INC: Oregon State: Beavers obviously didn’t get to play last week, so they don’t factor into this week’s rankings. I’m eager to see how they play at home against a Wisconsin team that really took it to them a year ago.