College Football Power Rankings: Pac-12
How do the teams in the Pac-12 stack up after the fifth week of action?
By: Braden Gall | 10/3/11, 11:00 AM EDT
By Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on Twitter)
Post-Week 5 Pac-12 Power Rankings
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1. Oregon (3-1) – The Ducks got a rest during the upset-riddled Week 5 play of action. Oregon now prepares for the heart of its conference schedule with the Cal Golden Bears coming to Eugene for a Thursday night primetime tilt. This contest last season was Oregon's toughest regular season test as Cal held Oregon to 15 points (32 points below their average), 324 yards (207 yards below average) and only 2.9 yards per carry on 55 attempts. Don't expect a repeat performance from the Bears as Oregon has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two in Autzen Stadium.
2. Stanford (4-0) – The Cardinal continue to cruise through the choppy college football waters by winning their 12th consecuative game 45-19 over UCLA. Andrew Luck, the best player in the nation, put his full athletic ability on display by completing 23-of-27 passes for 227 yards and three scores, and he added a spectacular one-handed, tight-rope 13-yard reception down the sideline. The Cardinal rushed for 202 yards and three scores as well. Stanford hosts Colorado on Saturday.
3. Arizona State (4-1) – A game Oregon State team, aided by turnovers, burst out to a 13-0 lead over ASU before Brock Osweiler and the defense led a 21-point comeback in the second quarter. Cameron Marshall took over in the fourth quarter, running around, over and through Beaver defenders to seal the 35-20 Sun Devils victory. It was a sloppy affair that featured 18 penalties, nine turnovers and a 35-7 run by ASU over the final three quarters. The Devils head to Utah this weekend.
4. Washington (4-1) – The growth and development of the Washington Huskies under Steve Sarkisian was on full display this Saturday in a convincing 31-14 road win over the 10-point favorites from Utah. Keith Price completed 22-of-30 passes for 226 yards and his 15th, 16th and 17th touchdown passes of the season, while tailback Chris Polk rushed 29 times for 189 yards — topping the 3,000 yard mark for his career. After Utah lost starting quarterback Jordan Wynn to a shoulder injury by halftime, Polk dominated the second half by rushing 17 times for 155 yards in the latter half of the game. The Huskies allowed the Utes 17 total yards rushing on 23 carries. Washington, who has won five straight Pac-12 games, is on bye this weekend and will host the Buffs of Colorado next weekend in an effort to push themselves into the Pac-12 North race.
5. USC (4-1) – The Golden Boy quarterback set a school record, and the nation's most electric receiver dominated again as the Trojans outlasted Arizona 48-41. Matt Barkley threw for a USC-record 468 yards and four touchdowns while Robert Woods (who set his own school record with 17 receptions earlier this year) caught 14 passes for 255 yards (5 yards short of another school record) and two of those touchdowns. The game featured 1,136 yards of total offense. The Trojans get a chance to relax this weekend before facing Cal in two weeks.
6. California (3-1) – The Bears probably needed two weeks to lick the wounds sustained at the hands of the Huskies two weekends ago. They better be 100 percent as Cal travels to Eugene to take on Oregon, the No. 6 (by Athlon) team in the nation, on Thursday night in primetime. Cal gave the Ducks all they could handle in 2010, and Jeff Tedford can bet Chip Kelly hasn't forgotten.
7. Utah (2-2) – Kyle Whittingham probably did not expect to see Jon Hays throwing 18 passes this weekend, but that is what happened when starter Jordan Wynn injured his shoulder in the first half. Hays threw for 156 yards and a score in the second half but got zero help from the ground game (17 total yards) in the 31-14 home loss to Washington. Utah was a 10-point favorite in its first-ever Pac-12 home conference game but will have to wait another week to notch its first-ever conference win. Wynn's status for this weekend's game against Arizona State is currently unknown.
8. Arizona (1-4) – Yes, the Wildcats have played a brutal schedule (Oklahoma State, Stanford, Oregon, USC) but they have failed to stop much of anything in 2011. Arizona has allowed 178 points in its four-game losing streak after losing to USC 48-41 this weekend. It ranks 115th in total defense, 111th in rush defense, 110th in pass defense and 115th in scoring defense. Nick Foles, who leads the Pac-12 in total offense (357 ypg), should get his team off the mat this weekend as they take on Oregon State in Corvallis on Saturday.
9. Washington State (3-1) – The legend of Marshall Lobbestael continues to grow in Pullman, Wash. The back-up quarterback, who should be filling in for at least one more week for starter Jeff Tuel, threw for his third straight 300-yard effort with 376 yards and three scores in the 31-27 road win over Colorado. The stunning 14-point, fourth-quarter comeback was capped by a 63-yard Lobbestael-to-Marquess Wilson touchdown pass with 1:10 left in the game. The Cougars won a total of five games over the previous three seasons and haven't won three games in a season since 2007. They travel to UCLA this weekend.
10. UCLA (2-3) – The Bruins were a heavy underdog against Stanford this weekend and showed why as Luck and Company dissected UCLA 45-19. The pressure on head coach Rick Neuheisel to win will get unbearable if the Bruins lose at home against Washington State this weekend. UCLA's two wins were struggles against San Jose State and Oregon State — that is simply not getting the job done with the talent that resides in Westwood.
11. Colorado (1-4) – Colorado played solid football for three quarters, leading 27-17 late in the second half against Washington State. Quarterback Tyler Hansen has played quality football for much of the season, but threw his first interception in 133 pass attempts late in the first half which led to Cougars points. The Cougs scored the final 14 points to stun the Boulder crowd and keep Colorado winless in conference play. Rodney Stewart was a major bright spot, touching the ball 27 times for 166 yards and his first touchdown of 2011. The Buffs head to Stanford this weekend.
12. Oregon State (0-4) – The Beavers played valiant football against a clearly very flat Sun Devils football team. However, second half turnovers and poor tackling led to a 35-7 Arizona State run. The Devils scored the final 14 points behind four Sean Mannion interceptions. Asking Mannion to throw 66 times is probably not the recipe for success Mike Riley is searching for. Freshman dynamo Malcolm Agnew failed to play for a third straight week.
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