Pac-12 power rankings Week 2

2012-09-09T18:00:00Z 2013-07-17T13:11:17Z Pac-12 power rankings Week 2By STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Albany Democrat Herald
September 09, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

Football coaches always say that you make big improvements from the first week to the second. If that is the case, several Pac-12 teams should be pretty excited about the progress they made. Others, not so much.

It was an up-and-down week for the conference with three teams posting home upsets over ranked teams. There were also a couple dismal performances.

Here’s a quick look back.

USC (42-29 over Syracuse in New Jersey) and Oregon (42-25 over Fresno State at home) kept on rolling, as they are likely to do until their monumental meeting on Nov. 3.

Now the good: Oregon State didn’t need a game to get ready for No. 13 Wisconsin, apparently, and stunned the Badgers 10-7 for one of the biggest wins in Reser Stadium history; UCLA knocked off No. 17 Nebraska, 36-30, in the Rose Bowl; and Arizona came up big in the second half of a 59-38 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State.

Now for the bad: For the second straight year, a conference team has lost at home to Sacramento State as the Hornets, who stung the Beavers last year, did it to Colorado on Saturday (30-28); Utah lost at Utah State, 27-20, in OT; Washington State had to hold off Eastern Washington at home, 24-20; and Washington basically didn’t show up at LSU, dropping a 41-3 decision.

In other action, Arizona State crushed Illinois, 45-14, at home; Cal rebounded with a 50-31 win over Southern Utah; and Stanford found its offense in a 50-13 win over Duke.

So, that leads to some changes in this week’s power rankings.

1. USC (2-0): The Trojans overcame a slow start and some weather delays to cruise. Matt Barkley had six TD’s, three to Marqise Lee.

2. Oregon (2-0): The Ducks again jumped out big, then struggled a bit on offense. Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas are an impressive 1-2 punch.

3. UCLA (2-0): Bruins looked good on offense with Johnathan Franklin rushing for 217 yards and Brett Hundley throwing for 305 yards and four scores.

4. Arizona State (2-0): Sun Devils still going strong on offense with 510 yards total offense. They led 28-7 at the half.

5. Arizona (2-0): Wildcats spotted Cowboys a 14-0 lead, then exploded and scored 59 points. Looks like Rich Rod has the Wildcats going in the right direction.

6. Oregon State (1-0): Beavers probably should have won by more than the 10-7 score, but the defense came up big time after time. Much better start than last year. UCLA is next.

7. Stanford (2-0): Cardinal’s offense certainly improved from Week 1, but this Duke football team is nothing like the basketball program.

8. Utah (1-1): The Utes did rally after losing starting QB Jordan Wynn, but showed they have a long way to go to challenge the likes of USC. among others.

9. Washington (1-1): It could be a long few weeks for the Huskies, who were scheduled to play three teams in the preseason top 5 in the country.

10: California (1-1): Bears rebounded from a tough opener, but needed a 30-point fourth quarter to overcome a battle with Southern Utah.

11: Washington State (1-1): Cougars move out of the cellar despite not being overly impressive against an FCS team. But hey, they won.

12: Colorado (0-2): Will Colorado win a game this year? Yikes.

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