Here is The News Tribune’s installment of weekly Pac-12 football rankings heading into Week 3:
1. USC (1-0)
Last week: d. Western Michigan, 49-31
This week: Sat. vs. Stanford
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Big fourth quarter (four TDs) helps Trojans avoid opening-week embarrassment.
2. WASHINGTON (1-0)
Last week: d. Rutgers, 30-14
This week: Sat. vs. Montana
A comfortable, not convincing road victory over improved Big Ten opponent.
3. STANFORD (1-0)
Last week: Bye.
This week: Sat. at USC
Sitting in weeds for early-season showdown after dominant showing in Australia.
4. WASHINGTON STATE (1-0)
Last week: d. Montana State, 31-0
This week: Sat. vs. Boise State
Luke Falk (20-for-20) perfect for a half; defense unblemished for entire game.
5. UTAH (1-0)
Last week: d. North Dakota, 37-16
This week: Sat. at BYU
Faster pace no problem for new quarterback Tyler Huntley and crew.
6. OREGON (1-0)
Last week: d. Southern Utah, 77-21
This week: Sat. vs. Nebraska
Royce Freeman (150 rushing yards, four TDs) already revved up for Ducks.
7. UCLA (1-0)
Last week: d. Texas A&M, 45-44
This week: Sat. vs. Hawaii
For encore, Josh Rosen will try to throw next TD pass from atop monkey bars.
8. COLORADO (1-0)
Last week: d. Colorado State, 17-3
This week: Sat. vs. Texas State
Buffs benefited from pass-interference calls in “Rocky Mountain Showdown.”
9. ARIZONA STATE (1-0)
Last week: d. New Mexico State, 37-31
This week: Sat. vs. San Diego State
Sun Devils find lost vertical game with a pair of 50-yard pass scoring plays.
10. CALIFORNIA (1-0)
Last week: d. North Carolina, 35-30
This week: Sat. vs. Weber State
See, ex-Eastern coach Beau Baldwin can find ways to score calling plays in Pac-12.
11. ARIZONA (1-0)
Last week: d. Northern Arizona, 62-24
This week: Saturday vs. Houston
That is back-to-back 500-yard rushing games for Wildcats, who cruise in Tucson.
12. OREGON STATE (1-1)
Last week: d. Portland State, 35-32
This week: Sat. vs. Minnesota
In final three minutes, Beavers find way to avoid another disaster to FCS school.