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    [2021] Week 4 Pac-12 Power Rankings

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    Man, I was optimistic for the PAC going into this past week... and look what it gets me. The conference performed terribly as a whole this week, and I'm most disappointed in my performance - well, at least besides the bottom 2. Anyway, let's get to it.

     

    12. :stanford: Stanford Cardinal (0-3, 0-2 PAC) ↓1

    >losing to 0-2 MAC team Bowling Green at home while ''"being a Power-5 conference team.""" At least they're recruiting well.

     

    Next: vs Oregon State

     

    11. :cal: California Golden Bears (0-3, 0-2 PAC) ↑1

    Cal only gets the pleasure of leaving the basement due to the technicality of Stanford's loss being more embarrassing, somehow. Cal lost by 20 to a Kansas team that in the first quarter, lost one of their two active receivers to an ACL injury. Their ""'defense""" let up 41 points to a team with one wide receiver. It just goes to show that performing as a defense is more of performing as a unit than it is any individual talent (COUGH COUGH COUGH, BLT). This team is sad, and it wouldn't surprise me to see them back in the basement as soon as next week if they lose to a Wazzu team that looks nearly as unimpressive.

     

    Next: vs Washington State

     

    10. :wsu: Washington State Cougars (1-2, 0-2 PAC) ↓2

    Wazzu might as well be 0-3 when you consider that their only win is against an FCS team. Losing to two teams that prior to this season were easily two of the bottom tier teams in this conference, first to Oregon State (reminder that that was OSU's first conference win in four seasons) and now to Arizona State. ASU isn't a bad team, but if WSU wants to be considered a good team they shouldn't be losing to them at home. If this team falters this week against a Cal team that has looked pretty damn pathetic themselves, a nice trip to the basement probably awaits them - not what coach ape probably wanted or expected going into this season. And this rounds out what is easily the bottom 3 - and all North teams, too.

     

    Next: @ California

     

    9. :asu: Arizona State Sun Devils (1-2, 1-1 PAC) ↑1

    Look, a team to be positive about! The Sun Devils pulled off their first win of the season, going into Pullman and riding Israel Carlson's 200+ yards and 3 TD on the ground to take the game. Parker Townsend was also very impressive as a passer with 75% completion, 8 YPA, and 2 TD to 0 INT. The defense wasn't great but Wazzu's offense is still good and this was probably always going to be a close game. I'm not super optimistic for this team going forward as they're likely still the worst team in the South, and are coming off a double-digit loss to a USC team that will soon be reeling. Still, they should put up a tough fight against every team they play at minimum.

     

    Next: vs Colorado

     

    8. :uw: Washington Huskies (2-1, 1-1 PAC) ↓2

    The Hooskies were a bit exposed in their loss in Tucson, as Jake Davis put up one of the worst games of his career with just 50% completion, with 0 TD and 2 INT on 36 attempts. The positive news is that this team plays in the North, where according to these rankings they're still in the top half of the teams in the division. The negative news is that they play likely the best team in the North this week in Oregon, so they better get their shit together quickly.

     

    Next: @ Oregon

     

    7. :orst:Oregon State Beavers (3-0, 1-0 PAC) --

    The Beavs were the only PAC team on bye this week, and chaos erupted around them. That said, I'm not quite ready to move them up until they pull off another PAC win. With Stanford moving into the bottom spot in these rankings, and Oregon State getting them at home this week, a win would prove the Wazzu game wasn't a fluke, while a loss would sadly show that it was more luck than anything. It's still only one PAC win in the last 3 seasons. I think it's fair to remain skeptical until they can win multiple conference games. But still, who would have thought they'd be the second highest ranked North team at any point this season?! Good on ya, Beavs.

     

    Next: vs Stanford

     

    6. :usc: USC Trojans (1-2, 1-1 PAC) ↓2

    Maybe I'm biased, but I think that I had a good shot to win the game this week without injury - QB Marc Lockwood tore his rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, and while he played the rest of the game the team couldn't adjust while trying to run out the clock. The defense played admirably, allowing 20 points to a Utah offense that had been humming. One play and this could have gone the other way. Unfortunately, this team is probably gonna start losing and losing quickly. 2.5/3 redshirt sophomore QB Sebastian Reardon now comes in as the starter and will start in games vs Arizona, vs Oregon, and @ Oklahoma State, all of which are very good teams. I would not be surprised to see this team at 1-5 in a month - Reardon may be better than anyone knows, but the odds of that seem slim.

     

    Next: vs #6 Arizona

     

    5. :colorado: Colorado Buffaloes (3-0, 2-0 PAC) --

    The Buffs took care of business, beating in-state rival Colorado State on the road by 8. It's not a bad win by any means, but I'm still concerned about this Buffs team. Beating MTSU is nothing, beating CSU is alright, and in their one conference game thus far they could only muster 13 points at home against a Stanford team that just allowed 35 to a Bowling Green team that, while it may sound like I think they're terrible in this column, has what would most likely be one of the worst if not worst PAC offense. I'm not so sure they'll beat the Sun Devils this week, but I can't really drop a team that is undefeated and took care of business this week.

     

    Next: @ Arizona State

     

    4. :oregon: #24 Oregon Ducks (2-1, 1-1 PAC) ↓3

    in hindsight, I may have been a bit too bullish on this team. Tough loss for the Ducks, but you can't say it wasn't definitive. They lost by 15 to the Bruins, and outside of an 88-yard touchdown (I mean, don't get me wrong that's super impressive and part of his job) Trevon Yeldon struggled to move the rock all game with a 4.0 YPC and 0 TD otherwise on 24 other carries. The defense, meanwhile, let Steven Gore do whatever the hell he wanted through the air even though coaches who don't play in the Pac-12 know he's going to air the ball out. They're still definitively the favorites to win the North, though. After this performance against Gore I would be worried about Jake Davis airing out the ball this week, and with Oregon dealing with multiple injuries on offense, including a new one to starting OG Trevor York, I could see a second straight falter occuring.

     

    Next: vs Washington

     

    3. :ucla: UCLA Bruins (1-2, 1-2 PAC) ↑7

    Is moving up a 1-2 team 7 spots in a conference that sports just 12 teams a bit drastic? Maybe, but UCLA was one of the preseason favorites for a reason and I think they finally showed what they're capable of in their dominating win over Oregon this week. Steven Gore was good Steven Gore instead of the 5-interception Steven Gore he was against this same team last season, and that loss to Utah doesn't look as bad as it once was. With two losses to the teams above them in these rankings (both of whom play in the South), a South title doesn't seem likely, but I think they can pull out a good season - their 3 OOC games are easy as hell and I don't think they'll struggle to win many of their remaining games, unless Steven Gore pulls a last season Steven Gore against one of the conference's good secondaries. Still, this gives the team a lot of momentum heading into the bye before they play an EWU team that Wazzu of all teams already destroyed.

     

    Next: Bye

     

    2. :utah: #21 Utah Utes (3-0, 2-0 PAC) ↑1

    The Utes pulled off a nice win against USC this week, showing their defense could show up in important games too. Donald Culver continues to be one of the more underrated QBs in the nation, and he was solid this week though he struggled a bit when targeting Donovan Singleton-Blake. Still, with Culver spreading the ball around and the defense spreading the love both with sacks (a nice 3 from 3 players this week) and turnovers, this team looks a lot scarier than anyone anticipated in preseason. With a bye this week, they get a week to prepare to travel to the #1 team in these rankings.

     

    Next: Bye

     

    1. :zona: #6 Arizona Wildcats (3-0, 2-0 PAC) ↑1

    The Wildcats had a nice showing against Washington this week, destroying Jake Davis while showing great efficiency on offense. There's a reason they were considered early favorites in the conference. With Oregon destroying my optimism for them this week, I think the Wildcats are the odds-on favorite to win the PAC this year and frankly at this point I would be surprised if they didn't. Up next this week is a trip to the Coliseum to face a USC team that lost their starting QB. While this is obviously good on the surface, it also means Zona doesn't know exactly what to expect offensively going into the game. It probably doesn't matter, though, as this defense is talented enough to stop whatever the Trojans throw at them.

     

    Next: @ USC

     

     

     

     

     

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