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Pac-12 power rankings: Week 1

The Golden Bears picked up a big win at Northwestern.
The Golden Bears picked up a big win at Northwestern.
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Below are my Pac-12 power rankings following the opening weekend of the college football season. Disagree with my rankings? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

  1. Oregon (1-0, won 62-13 vs South Dakota): Ducks took care of business with much anticipated showdown with Michigan State looming.

  2. Stanford (1-0, won 45-0 vs UC Davis): Like Oregon, with showdown against USC upcoming, shutout FCS foe UC Davis.

  3. UCLA (1-0, won 28-20 at Virginia): UCLA was one of just four preseason top 25 teams to play a true road game. Despite the ugly win, they will gladly take it.

  4. USC (1-0, won 52-13 vs Fresno State): Offense looked great in the first game of the Sarkisian era.

  5. Arizona State (1-0, won 45-14 vs Weber State): D.J. Foster ran wild in the Sun Devils romp over FCS member Weber State.

  6. Arizona (1-0, won 58-13 vs UNLV): Wildcats high powered offense was in full form in blowout of UNLV.

  7. California (1-0, won 31-24 at Northwestern): The Bears picked up the Pac-12’s best win in the opening weekend by hanging on at Northwestern.

  8. Washington (1-0, won 17-16 at Hawaii): Like UCLA, a win is a win. Especially early in the season on the road.

  9. Oregon State (1-0, won 29-14 vs Portland State): Game was closer than many Beaver fans would have liked for a while. But Oregon State got the job done in the end.

  10. Utah (1-0, won 56-14 vs Idaho State): Quarterback Travis Wilson looked good as the Utes blew out FCS foe Idaho State.

  11. Washington State (0-1, lost 41-38 vs Rutgers): The Cougars let a late lead slip away in a tight game against new Big Ten member Rutgers.

  12. Colorado (0-1, lost 31-17 against Colorado State): Colorado State scored the final 24 points to deny the rival Buffaloes a two-game winning streak in the series.

Pac-12 non-conference record (through week 1): 10-2

Week 1 thoughts

  • The Cougars and Connor Halliday (532 yards and five touchdowns) should continue to light up opposing defenses all season. The question is, will their defense improve enough to allow them to pull out the close games.
  • Marcus Mariota looked in control and comfortable, as he should have, in the Ducks win over South Dakota. Should be interesting to see if he can continue to play smart and effective against a very good Michigan State defense.
  • USC and new coach Steve Sarkisian looked perfectly in sync on offense. Can they keep it rolling this week against a good Stanford defense? Should be fun to see.
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