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Pac-12 Football Power Rankings, Week 5: Oregon Ducks, Washington Huskies Tied at #2




The Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies are in second place in this week’s Pac-12 football rankings by The Oregonian/OregonLive, while the USC Trojans kept their hold on the top spot.

Washington moved up two places after beating Stanford 40-22 and the Ducks remained at number 2 after beating Washington state 44-41. The Trojans escaped Corvallis with a 17-14 win against the Oregon State Beavers.

Utah checks in at number 4, narrowly behind Oregon and Washington, with Oregon State fifth and Washington State sixth.

Despite being undefeated, the UCLA Bruins remain seventh in this week’s power rankings.

Here are this week’s power rankings from the Oregonian/OregonLive sports staff.

(Voice panel:James Crepea,Nick Daschel,Aaron Fentress,Joe Freeman,Sean Meagher,Joel Odom,Bill Orami)

1. NO. 6 USC TROJANS (4-0, 2-0)

Poll points: 78

Last week (1): Beat the State of Oregon 17-14. Caleb Williams ran and pushed down fourth, plus his touchdown pass to Jordan Addison with 1:13 left proved the difference for the Trojans.

This week: USC vs. Arizona State, 7:30 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on ESPN). The Trojans get past the struggling Sun Devils.

T2. NO. 13 OREGON DUCKS (3-1, 1-0)

Poll points: 72

Last week (2): Beat Washington State 44-41. What a wild fourth quarter in Pullman. Bo Nix hit Troy Franklin for the go-ahead touchdown and Mase Funa got the Ducks on ice with his pick-six.

This week: oregon vs. Stanford, 8 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on FS1). The Ducks are the favorites with 17 points for this Pac-12 After Dark matchup in Autzen.

T2. NO. 15 WASHINGTON HUSKIES (4-0, 1-0)

Poll points: 72

Last week (4): Beat Stanford 40-22. The Huskies rolled, with quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and retreating Wayne Taulapapa leading the way.

This week: Washington at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. PT Friday (TV on ESPN). This 4-0 team matchup is the top game to watch in the Pac-12 this week. The Huskies are narrow favorites.

4. NO. 12 UTAH UTES (3-1, 1-0)

Poll points: 70

Last week (3): Beat the State of Arizona 34-13.

This week: Utah vs. Oregon State, Saturday 11 a.m. PT (TV on Pac-12 Networks).


Poll points: 55

Last week (5): Lost to USC 17-14. After most of the game, the Beavers let it get away late in the fourth quarter.

This week: Oregon at No. 12 Utah, Saturday 11 a.m. PT (TV on Pac-12 Networks). Can the Beavers beat the Utes for the second consecutive season?


Poll points: 49

Last week (6): Lost to Oregon 44-41. The Cougars led 12 with 4 minutes to play, but then the Ducks quickly scored 22 runs in a row.

This week: Washington State vs. California, 2:30 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on Pac-12 Networks). The Cougars have not lost to Cal at Pullman since a 60-59 shootout in 2014.

7. UCLA BROWN (4-0, 1-0)

Poll points: 45

Last week (7): Beat Colorado 45-17. Zach Charbonnet

This week: UCLA vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m. PT Friday (TV on ESPN).


Poll points: 34

Last week (10): Beat Arizona 49-31. Jaydn Ott ran for 274 yards and three touchdowns, and the Golden Bears pulled away with 21 consecutive points in the second half.

This week: California in Washington State, 2:30 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on Pac-12 Networks). The Bears are four-point underdogs, but with two good defenses, this matchup could be a tossup.


Poll points: 26

Last week (8): Lost to Washington 40-22. Lake Oswegos Casey Filkins ran 100 yards against the Huskies and is the Cardinals’ starter on the run back after EJ Smith is injured.

This week: Stanford in Oregon, 8 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on FS1). The Cardinal have lost eight conference games in a row. But their last win came against Oregon a year ago.

10. ARIZONA WILD CATS (2-2, 0-1)

Poll points: 24

Last week (9): Lost to California 49-31. Jayden de Laura passed for 401 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions.

This week: Arizona vs Colorado, 6:30 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on Pac-12 Networks). The Wildcats will try to avenge a 34-0 loss to the Buffalos in Boulder last year.


Poll points: 14

Last week (11): Lost to Utah 34-13. The Sun Devils rushed for a meager six yards against the Utes.

This week: Arizona State at No. 6 USC, 7:30 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on ESPN). It could be a long night for the Sun Devils as they struggle once again to establish their running game.

12. COLORADO BUFFALO (0-4, 0-1)

Poll points: 7

Last week (12): Lost to UCLA 45-17. The Buffalos have suffered four losses this season with 25, 31, 42 and 28 points.

This week: Colorado in Arizona, 6:30 p.m. PT Saturday (TV on Pac-12 Networks). The good news is that the Wildcats are the preferred choice this week with just 17.5 points.




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