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USC on top, but how close are UW, WSU in weekly Pac-12 rankings?

USC quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass against Western Michigan at the Coliseum in Los Angeles on September 2, 2017.
USC quarterback Sam Darnold throws a pass against Western Michigan at the Coliseum in Los Angeles on September 2, 2017. TNS

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

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.

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