Posts tagged: Pac-12 power rankings
These are exciting times in the Pac-12. Brett Hundley and UCLA smashed the Sun Devils 65-27 in Tempe to take control of the race for the Pac-12 South, but rival USC showed that it’s still a team to be reckoned with. Regardless, one of the roads to the Pac-12 championship games goes right through Los Angeles.
Stanford showed that it’s still a factor in the North Division thanks to the conference’s best defense, Utah may have collapsed itself out of a bowl game and California seems determined to make every conference game come down to the final play.
The Pac-12 was nearly the Conference of Upsets in week four, with three teams needing second-half comebacks to beat heavy underdogs and Colorado barely outlasting Hawaii despite not scoring a single point in the second half.
All the favorites found ways to win, however, and the Pac-12 went 3-0 in its nonconference games, including a 26-10 pasting of Michigan by Utah to continue the conference’s dominance over the beleaguered Big Ten.
Rankings are after the jump.
The out-of-conference games took their toll on the Pac-12 and now that the conference’s teams are sufficiently beaten up they’ll start to play each other. With a 25-4 record in nonconference games the Pac-12 mostly solidified its reputation as one of college football’s top conferences.
Still, it’s hard not to think that the Pac-12 missed an opportunity to really be considered elite. USC is still one of the conference’s most talented teams and could certainly win the Pac-12 South. If it does, it will make every good program it beats look bad in the process, losing to the team that lost to Boston College.
Even though UCLA went undefeated, the Bruins’ six-point average margin of victory against what wasn’t thought to be an imposing schedule is going to diminish the national perception of one of the Pac-12’s most talented teams for the rest of the year.
At least Oregon took care of business.
The two teams at the top and bottom of the conference are easy enough to sort out. Oregon and USC have the only two major wins so far while Colorado and Washington State are the only teams currently flailing. The other eight teams have almost all won two games they were expected to win and we should see plenty of movement once they start to play each other.
Follow the jump to see our power rankings for week three.
The first weekend of games caused considerable movement in our weekly snapshot of how Pac-12 teams are performing. Our week two power rankings are after the jump, let me know what you think.
Well, everyone, the countdown is over. Zero days until Cougar football. Still quite a few hours however, now that college football is a nocturnal sport, so let's pass the time with some links.
The first iteration of our weekly power rankings are in the paper today. I'm also going to share these weekly snapshots here as well.
Let me know what you think.
From Pullman — Tomorrow Washington State will be looking for payback against Colorado. When the two teams met earlier this season the Cougars fell in Spokane, 71-70, in overtime, without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy. Now it's the Buffaloes turn to play without a key contributor as Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season with a torn ACL. CU has looked like a different team without Dinwiddie, will it be enough for the Cougars to get a win on the road?
With half the Pac-12 season in the rearview mirror, the Cougars remain near the bottom of the conference. But with Lacy back and a win over the Huskies on Saturday, they aren't in last place. WSU's schedule should be more favorable in the second half of conference play so we'll see if they can continue to climb the Power Rankings.
The Pac-12 is a bunched up conference. Five teams have 5-4 records and another two are 6-3. There is plenty of opportunity for a team to go on a run or slide to the conference's dregs. See where the teams are currently ranked after the jump.
From Pullman — USC authoritatively rose from the conference cellar, knocking off Cal and taking Stanford to overtime. Find out what other teams made moves this week in our Power Rankings, after the jump.
From Pullman — Well, Deone Bucannon sure is making quite the impression. He's in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl and is meeting with NFL teams. The All-American safety from Washington State surprised scouts with his size when he showed up, but has still managed to turn heads with his athleticism.
In men's basketball news, the rarest of occurrences will happen today: WSU will play in Pullman. We've got an advance on the game, and an update on DaVonte Lacy, who is taking steps toward his return. They'll take on an Oregon State team that is showing signs of life.
More links after the jump.
From Pullman — Well, it looks like it's going to be one of those years. The Pac-12 is much improved but that doesn't mean that there isn't league-wide parity, or that any team can't beat any other team on any given night. We found that out last night when WSU nearly knocked off Colorado, which beat Oregon, who is really good.
But we'll try and make some sense of it all in our power rankings after the jump.
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.
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.