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Pac-12 power rankings, top performers from Week 1

Christian McCaffrey rushed for 128 yards and two TDs in Stanford’s opening win, and he set a career high in receptions with seven.
Christian McCaffrey rushed for 128 yards and two TDs in Stanford’s opening win, and he set a career high in receptions with seven. Associated Press

1. Stanford: Cardinal have a Week 2 bye before a killer stretch: vs. USC, at UCLA, at Washington, vs. WSU and at Notre Dame.

2. Washington: Huskies haven’t lost to Idaho, this week’s opponent, since 1905. But they did tie in 1938.

3. Utah: Offense didn’t look great in 24-0 win over Southern Utah, but Troy Williams should get more comfortable as the season progresses.

4. Colorado: Considering how bad some other Pac-12 teams looked, Buffaloes’ 44-7 pasting of Colorado State might have been best performance by a conference team.

5. Oregon: A 53-28 win over UC Davis in season opener rates as “meh.”

6. Arizona State: Still not sure what to think of the Sun Devils, and won’t be until they face Texas Tech this week, at least.

7. California: Giving up 31 points to Hawaii doesn’t look so great when Michigan beats the same team 63-3.

8. UCLA: Give Bruins credit for forcing overtime, but loss at Texas A&M ultimately rates as yet another disappointment.

9. Arizona: Only 16 points against BYU? Could be a rough year in Tucson.

10. Oregon State: Sure, the Beavers lost at Minnesota. But they made it interesting and looked far more capable than they did at any point last season.

11. USC: Not a great showing on a national stage in Dallas and ... hey, wait. Did Alabama just score another touchdown?

12. Washington State: Big Sky schools will be knocking down Bill Moos’ door trying to get the Cougars on their future schedules.

Christian Caple: ccaple@thenewstribune.com

1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford: Not only did McCaffrey rush for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinal’s 26-13 victory over Kansas State, but he set a career high in receptions with seven (for 40 yards). He returned a punt 16 yards, and had a 97-yard punt-return touchdown wiped out by a block-in-the-back penalty.

2. John Ross III, WR/KR, Washington: Ross scored three touchdowns in the Huskies’ 48-13 blowout of Rutgers, all in the first half — touchdown receptions of 38 and 50 yards, and a kickoff return of 92 yards. It was the fourth kick-return touchdown of Ross’ career — most in UW history — and it proved that Ross is, indeed, fully healthy after sitting out last season due to a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament. He finished the game with a career-best five receptions for 90 yards.

3. Chad Hansen, WR, California: The Golden Bears might not feel great about their 51-31 victory over Hawaii in Sydney, Australia, but the offense looked sharp, and Hansen was a big part of that. He caught 14 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. After the Bears lost their top six receivers from a year ago, they need players such as Hansen to step up, and he’s off to a pretty impressive start.

Christian Caple: ccaple@thenewstribune.com

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