Pac-12 Power Rankings — 10/8/13

1. Oregon (5-0, 2-0) — Quarterback Marcus Mariota accounted for seven (!) touchdowns in a blowout of Colorado, keeping his interception-less streak alive at 202 straight attempts. Neither De’Anthony Thomas’ ankle injuryy (already out of a boot) nor Colt Lyerla’s departure should do much to slow down the Ducks, who already look like a championship-caliber team.

2. Stanford (5-0, 3-0) — Ty Montgomery’s 290 all-purpose yards helped the Cardinal eke out a 31-28 win against Washington, stretching their win streak since last season to 13. Stanford’s defense came up with a key stop up 10 points, with Trent Murphy tipping a first-and-goal pass to cause an interception.

3. UCLA (4-0, 1-0) — The Bruins survived a tough game in Salt Lake City, but lost left tackle Torian White for the season. UCLA’s surprising offensive line has keyed much of its success this season, and freshmen Alex Redmond and Caleb Benenoch must grow up quickly to prevent any drop-off.

4. Washington (4-1, 1-1) — Steve Sarkisian didn’t handle his Huskies’ loss too well. Taking issue with an overturned call that killed their comeback is one thing; implicitly accusing your opponent of faking injuries is another.

5. Arizona State (3-2, 1-1) — Not much separation between the next four or five teams. ASU had the talent to beat unranked Notre Dame, but botched the game with mind-numbing mistakes like three turnovers and allowing a punt to roll to the 1-yard line.

6. Oregon State (4-1, 2-0) — The Beavers faceplanted against Eastern Washington to start the season, but Mike Riley usually has his team rolling in October. While Colorado didn’t provide much of a fight, a 44-17 win over the Buffs was a good sign before the bye this past weekend.

7. Washington State (4-2, 2-1) — The Cougars look better than they did in a turbulent 2012 season. Even by Mike Leach’s standards, though, they’re barely running the ball. WSU’s 18.5 carries per game is the lowest for a Leach-coached team since Texas Tech in 2007.

8. Utah (3-2, 0-2) — Travis Wilson’s six interceptions were the most at Utah since 1976, and tied for second-most in school history. He’s talented, but looks about a year away.

9. USC (3-2, 0-2) — Interim coach Ed Orgeron has done everything he can to distance himself from the Lane Kiffin era, from opening up practices to restoring training-table sweets. Players seem energized so far; if it carries into games, the Trojans should easily swing back into the top half of the conference.

10. Arizona (3-1, 0-1) — The Wildcats hope the bye weekend will help push quarterback B.J. Denker’s completion percentage above 50. Arizona isn’t favored for its trip to USC on Thursday, but the Trojan receiver Marqise Lee (sprained knee) is questionable.

11. Cal (1-4, 0-2) — The Bears are breaking all sorts of passing and receiving records, but Sonny Dykes seems to be losing another defensive back to injury every other day. The latest is starting cornerback Stefan McClure, whose upcoming knee surgery could sideline him anywhere from three weeks to the rest of the season.

12. Colorado (2-2, 0-2) — A visit to Boulder on Nov. 16 may be Cal’s only shot at a conference win.

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  • Bruin 34

    Sorry Jack. I have to disagree with you about Stanford faking injuries. I watched that game and it was obvious to me they were faking them. Its gonna happen to us next weekend when we go to the farm.

    • Reformed Droog

      I don’t think Jack was necessarily saying that those were NOT fake injuries (because it’s obvious to anyone who saw the game that they were and that it was a blatant attempt to slow down the Huskies’ offense), I think he was saying that it wasn’t something that needed to be said. Right or wrong, it’s a gray area – or loophole if you prefer – in the game. If Sarkisian’s team executed better earlier in the game, they wouldn’t have been in the position to have their critical late-game drives affected by fake injury slowdowns. To complain about it only makes you look petty.

      • Reformed Droog

        To be clear, I meant that for a coach to complain about it makes them look petty.

  • Sunset Bruin

    Perhaps those whose injuries stop play should have to sit out more than one play. This would be a logical response to the “faking injury” charge.

  • EncinitasBruin

    UW got jobbed on that last reception. I think we’ll split the “road gauntlet from he**” and beat Stanford, lose to Oregon.