Here is The News Tribune’s installment of weekly Pac-12 football rankings heading into Week 4:
1. USC (2-0)
Last week: d. Stanford, 42-24
This week: Sat. vs. Texas
Not many teams could put up 600 yards against Stanford. Trojans did (642).
2. WASHINGTON (2-0)
Last week: d. Montana, 63-7
This week: Sat. vs. Fresno State
Secondary struggles? Nah. Four interceptions ranks No. 6 in the country.
3. STANFORD (1-1)
Last week: Lost to USC, 42-24
This week: Sat. at San Diego State
Lots to criticize, but RB Bryce Love (back-to-back 150-yard games) not on list.
4. WASHINGTON STATE (2-0)
Last week: d. Boise State, 47-44 (3 OT)
This week: Sat. vs. Oregon State
LB Frankie Lulu (three sacks) and DL Hercules Mata’afa (two) wrecking balls.
5. UTAH (2-0)
Last week: d. BYU, 19-13
This week: Sat. vs. San Jose State
Tyler Huntley-led offense doing everything but scoring touchdowns in red zone.
6. OREGON (2-0)
Last week: d. Nebraska, 42-35
This week: Sat. at Wyoming
If you buy stock in “QBR” stat, Justin Herbert tops prolific Pac-12 (89.4).
7. UCLA (2-0)
Last week: d. Hawaii, 56-23
This week: Sat. at Memphis
In first season in new offense, QB Josh Rosen on pace for 50-plus touchdowns.
8. COLORADO (2-0)
Last week: d. Texas State, 37-3
This week: Sat. vs. Northern Colorado
Are Buffs one victory away from hosting ESPN College GameDay for UW game?
9. CALIFORNIA (2-0)
Last week: d. Weber State, 33-20
This week: Sat. vs. Ole Miss
Last season, Cal walked the fourth-quarter tightrope, and fell off. Not in 2017.
10. ARIZONA STATE (1-1)
Last week: lost to San Diego State, 30-20
This week: Sat. at Texas Tech
Expect this kind of up-and-down effort in the desert from Sun Devils’ defense.
11. ARIZONA (1-1)
Last week: lost to Houston, 19-16
This week: Friday at UTEP
Wildcats defense took step forward, but still gave up key big plays late.
12. OREGON STATE (1-2)
Last week: lost to Minnesota, 48-14
This week: Sat. at Washington State
Worst defense in the country now tries to stop QB Luke Falk’s air bombs.