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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.
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.
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