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Pac-12 power rankings Week 2

Pac-12 power rankings Week 2

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UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for 305 yards and four TDs in an upset of Nebraska on Saturday. (AP photo)

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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