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Week 5 Top 25: Washington Climbs, Arizona State Drops, Everyone Else Stays Put
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Pac-12 representation is back down to four teams in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, released Sunday. 

Three of the conference's four ranked teams hold steady at their Week 4 spots: Oregon at No. 2, Stanford at No. 5 and UCLA at No. 13. Stanford standing pat is perhaps the most surprising, as the Cardinal notched the weekend's only win over a Top 25 opponent via a 42-28 defeat of conference foe Arizona State. 

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The only Pac-12 member moving up in the Week 5 poll is Washington, which climbed from No. 17 to No. 16. The Huskies pasted Championship Subdivision non-conference opponent Idaho State in a game that was much more lopsided than the 56-0 final score. 

Washington was also the conference's big mover in the USA Today Coaches Poll, gaining two spots from No. 22 to No. 20. UCLA climbed from No. 15 to No. 14. 

Despite its loss, Arizona State is just on the outside looking in, checking in atop the Others Receiving Votes designation. Arizona, which was idle in Week 4, also garnered votes. 

Team rankings are listed as AP/USA Today Coaches Poll. My vote in the B/R Top 25 is designated in italics. 

 

2/2. Oregon (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12 Conference) 
Week 4: Idle | Week 5: vs. Cal 

Defenses around the nation could breathe a sigh of relief in Week 4, because the Ducks and their potent offense had Saturday off. 

Oregon's Week 5 tilt and conference opener threatens to test the Autzen Stadium scoreboards' limits. Cal is scoring 33.7 points per game, but giving up 42. 

My Ranking: 2

 

5/5. Stanford (3-0, 1-0) 
Week 4: Beat No. 23 Arizona State, 42-28 | Week 5: at Washington State

For three quarters of Saturday's win over then-No. 23 Arizona State, the Cardinals looked every bit like a national championship contender. 

The Cardinals face 3-1 Washington State for first place in the Pac-12 North—seriously. Each is 1-0 in conference play. Stanford won in its last trip to the Palouse, 44-14. 

My Ranking: 5 

 

13/14. UCLA (3-0, 0-0) 
Week 4: Beat New Mexico State, 59-13 | Week 5: Idle

New Mexico State proved no challenge to the Bruins, as expected. UCLA used its final non-conference game as a tune-up for the Pac-12 slate, which begins following a Week 5 bye at Utah on Oct. 3. 

My Ranking: 9 

 

16/20. Washington (3-0, 0-0)
Week 4: Beat Idaho State, 56-0 | Week 5: vs. Arizona 

Running back Bishop Sankey was used sparingly, carrying just four times against outmatched Idaho State. All he did was roll off 19.2 yards per attempt and score a touchdown. 

The Huskies have allowed just 30 points in three games, but draw a test via Arizona and Rich Rodriguez's version of the spread offense. With head coach Steve Sarkisian implementing his own hurry-up offense this offseason, the 'Cats and Dawgs could approach 200 combined snaps in Week 5. 

My Ranking: 14 

 

 Kyle Kensing is the Pac-12 Lead Writer. All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. Follow Kyle on Twitter: @kensing45.

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