Here is The News Tribune’s installment of weekly Pac-12 football rankings heading into Week 6:
1. USC (4-0, No. 1 last week)
Last week: d. California, 30-20
This week: Fri. at Washington State
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Which will come sooner, a Sam Darnold breakout or a massive upset loss?
2. WASHINGTON (4-0, No. 2)
Last week: d. Colorado, 37-10
This week: Sat. at Oregon State
Right now, the Huskies look like the most complete team in the conference.
3. WASHINGTON STATE (4-0, No. 3)
Last week: d. Nevada, 45-7
This week: Fri. vs. USC
Getting USC in Pullman, and in prime time is Cougars’ next shot at historic win.
4. UTAH (4-0, No. 4)
Last week: d. Arizona, 30-24
This week: Bye
Utes get two weeks to figure out how offense will run without injured QB Tyler Huntley.
5. OREGON (3-1, No. 5)
Last week: lost to Arizona State, 37-35
This week: Sat. vs. California
Strange things happen in the desert, and shocked Ducks saw that first hand last week.
6. STANFORD (2-2, No. 6)
Last week: d. UCLA, 58-34
This week: Sat. vs. Arizona State
Even shuffling in three quarterbacks, Cardinal scored on eight drives in a row.
7. COLORADO (3-1, No. 7)
Last week: lost to Washington, 37-10
This week: Sat. at UCLA
Yes, QB Steven Montez threw three picks against UW. But he will be a great one.
8. CALIFORNIA (3-1, No. 9)
Last week: lost to USC, 30-20
This week: Sat. at Oregon
Fourth-down gamble, QB Ross Bowers’ six turnovers too much to overcome.
9. UCLA (2-2, No. 8)
Last week: lost to Stanford, 58-34
This week: Sat. vs. Colorado
Guess that traditionally elite defense traveling abroad this season.
10. ARIZONA (2-2, No. 10)
Last week: lost to Utah, 30-24
This week: Bye
Will Rich Rodriguez finally pull the plug on up-and-down QB Brandon Dawkins?
11. ARIZONA STATE (2-2, No. 11)
Last week: d. Oregon, 37-35
This week: Sat. at Stanford
Hearts heavy this week in Tempe after OC Billy Napier’s father loses battle with ALS.
12 OREGON STATE (1-3, No. 12)
Last week: Bye
This week: Sat. vs. Washington
What wrinkles will the Beavers have up their sleeves coming out of bye? Try a shocking win.