Pac-12 Power Rankings — 9/9/13

1. Oregon (2-0) — The Ducks annihilated Virginia 59-10, extending their streak in non-neutral away sites to 16 wins. Alabama and Northern Illinois share the next-longest mark at nine games. Oregon gave up some plays underneath the coverage, but still looks like the BCS contender everyone expected preseason.

2. Stanford (1-0) — The Cardinal’s rushing game hasn’t lost a step, as Tyler Gaffney returned from his minor-league baseball stint with 104 yards and two scores. A 34-13 win over San Jose State bumped David Shaw’s perfect in-state record to 10-0.

3. Washington (1-0) — Both the Huskies and the Bruins were off this week, but Washington’s win over Boise State was more impressive than the UCLA’s over Nevada. In four seasons under Steve Sarkisian, the Husky defense has finished in the top half of the conference just once. It held the Broncos to their first touchdown-less game since 1997.

4. UCLA (1-0) — Nick Pasquale’s death Sunday night rocked the program during the bye weekend, and players have dedicated the rest of the season to him. Head coach Jim Mora is insulating his team until Saturday’s game at Nebraska, closing off practices and player interviews to the media.

5. Arizona State (1-0) — Taylor Kelly made five touchdowns look easy with a 23-of-31, 300-yard performance in a little over a half. As impressive as those numbers are, a 55-0 blowout over FCS team Sacramento State doesn’t do much to boost the Sun Devils’ profile.

6. Utah (2-0) — Weber State didn’t put up a fight in a 70-7 blowout, but sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson looks legit. The San Clemente High alum threw for three touchdowns on 14 of 19 passes in the first half, and added two scores on the ground.

7. Arizona (2-0) — Ka’Deem Carey’s first carry turned into a 58-yard touchdown, but the Wildcats’ rushing game looks as powerful as their aerial game looks anemic. B.J. Denker completed just eight of his 21 passes for 81 yards.

8. Washington State (1-1, 1-0) — Rarely does a team win when its quarterback throws two interceptions and no touchdowns, but rarely does a team face playcalling as awful as Lane Kiffin’s was Saturday night. The Cougars used a 70-yard pick six and 41-yard field goal to get its first victory over USC in 13 years.

9. Cal (1-1) — True freshman Jared Goff has four touchdowns against three interceptions, but a nation-leading 930 passing yards counts for something. As rough as the rebuilding season will be, Sonny Dykes’ offense will throw enough that fun moments like this happen.

10. Oregon State (1-1) — Mike Riley usually gets his team rolling in October, but for now, the Beavers have a loss to FCS team Eastern Washington and a sloppy win over a bad Hawaii squad.

11. Colorado (2-0) — Paul Richardson is now the first Pac-12 player to ever catch for 200 yards in back-to-back games, and Colorado finally has some offensive firepower. With Fresno State and the conference schedule looming though, the Buffs could struggle to win another game.

12. USC (1-1, 0-1) — The Trojans have enough talent that they won’t stay in the bottom spot for long, but their loss to WSU was the lowest the program has been in years. The only question left is whether Lane Kiffin gets fired during or after the season.

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