Forgot to post these last week, but longtime readers of the News Tribune know that during football season, we publish a Pac-12 power ranking and national top 25 each week. (Also, just want to note that I don't have a vote in the AP poll this year, so this ranking doesn't go anywhere but in the newspaper. And here.)
Pac-12 power rankings, Week 2 (And a quick note here -- the conference power ranking isn't intended to be a predicted order of finish, or even an order of the best teams. It's a weekly snapshot intended to reflect which teams play the best, week to week, which teams are on hot streaks, and which teams are trending downward. The national top 25 is more of a big-picture deal, which is why you see USC ranked two spots behind Stanford there.)
1. Oregon – If Ducks’ backfield is so stacked Byron Marshall lines up in the slot … yikes.
2. USC – Looks weird to see Trojans running up-tempo out of the shotgun, but it sure worked against Fresno State.
3. Stanford – Facing USC, how long can Cardinal preserve its streak of shutout quarters?
4. UCLA – Bruins have to shore up pass protection real soon.
5. Arizona State – Not exactly a premier road trip this week to Albuquerque.
6. Arizona – So far, so good in the Anu Solomon era.
7. California – Maybe the most surprising performance of Week 1, winning at Northwestern.
8. Oregon State – Any win over a Big Sky team will do for OSU.
9. Washington – Fortunate to leave Honolulu unbeaten.
10. Utah – Beating Idaho State should be worth a half of a win.
11. Washington State – Connor Halliday can’t do it himself.
12. Colorado – A loss to Colorado State is never a good way to start the season.
National Top 25
1. Oregon – A football player named Royce pretty much has to have “Rolls” as a nickname, right?
2. Florida State – One might say Jameis Winston’s dazzling TD run against Oklahoma State qualifies as a Heisman Moment ™.
3. Oklahoma – Trap game this week at Tulsa. Just kidding.
4. Alabama – 10-point win over West Virginia wasn’t particularly impressive, but Saban gets benefit of doubt.
5. Georgia – Second-most impressive win of Week 1, smashing Clemson behind strength of Todd Gurley-man.
6. LSU – Comeback kids spoiled what would have been huge season-opening win for Wisconsin.
7. Auburn – Beat Arkansas by 24 without playing starting QB Nick Marshall in first half. Oh, Arkansas.
8. Michigan State – Big trip this week to Autzen Stadium.
9. Texas A&M – Most impressive victory of the first week, Aggies doing what they could to move past the Jonathan Football era.
10. Stanford – Shaw v. Sark again this week, first time since the fake injury accusations.
11. Ohio State – Got past Navy, at least, without Braxton Miller.
12. USC – Trojans’ offense looked just fine in Steve Sarkisian’s first game.
13. Baylor – It was only SMU, but a shutout is a shutout.
14. UCLA – Adrian Klemm isn’t the only one who thought the Bruins’ offensive line looked pretty bad.
15. Notre Dame – Everett Golson might be pretty good.
16. Arizona State – Only 45 points on Weber State? Mild.
17. Mississippi – Slapped around Chris Petersen’s old team pretty good in the opener.
18. Wisconsin – Dreams of an unbeaten season dashed so soon.
19. Kansas State – Iowa State should be appetizer for Auburn game.
20. Missouri – Playing at this week at Toledo, which isn’t too far from Castle Rock. Oh, wait …
21. North Carolina – Has to be a weird feeling, beating a team named “Liberty.”
22. Clemson – Post-Tajh era off to a rough start.
23. South Carolina – Probably not a College Football Playoff contender anymore.
24. Nebraska – Nothing Faux about Pelini’s squad hammering Florida Atlantic.
25. Texas – Interesting matchup this week with Brigham Young.
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