College Football Power Rankings, Week 11: Pac-10 Wide Receivers
Week 10 was a rough one for wide receivers in the Pac-10.
Only two players netted more than 100 receiving yards, and most of last week's top 10 netted 50 yards or less in their games.
Hence, there's been some more shuffling of players in this week's edition, including a change at the time.
Read on to find out more.
10. Jermaine Kearse, Washington
Jermaine Kearse just can't seem to escape the shadow of Washington's struggles.
With Jake Locker sidelined due to injury, Kearse netted a paltry six yards on two catches as the Huskies became Oregon's latest victim, falling 53-16.
Luckily for Kearse, he's had a full season of solid performances to keep him afloat in the rankings and a bye week before U-Dub matches up with UCLA.
Last week's ranking: sixth
9. Doug Baldwin, Stanford
Another week, another romp for Stanford, and another solid performance on the part of Doug Baldwin.
Though Baldwin was far from the best receiver for the seventh-ranked Cardinal against Arizona on Saturday (that honor belongs to Chris Owusu), his three catches for 50 yards keeps him in the conversation as one of the ten best pass-catchers in the Pac-10.
Last week's ranking: 10th
8. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
Oregon State had its fair share of issues in a 17-14 upset loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl, among the least of which was the play of Markus Wheaton.
While Wheaton didn't necessarily play poorly against the Bruins (five catches for 44 yards), he didn't exactly further the cause of the Beavers' struggling offense.
Wheaton and the Beavs will have a golden opportunity to bounce back against Washington State on Saturday.
Last week's ranking: seventh
7. Robert Woods, USC
USC may have survived its bout with Arizona State on Saturday, but Robert Woods' spot among the Pac-10's top five receivers did not.
An emphasis on the running game for the Trojan offense led, in part, to Woods accumulating an unexceptional 18 yards on three catches.
If Woods can get free against Arizona's secondary like Stanford's receivers did, he may be able to work himself back into the upper echelon of receivers in the conference.
Last week's ranking: fourth
6. Ronald Johnson, USC
Like his freshman counterpart, Ronald Johnson didn't exactly light up the stat sheet in USC's heart-stopping win over Arizona State, 34-33.
RoJo managed only 17 yards on three catches, but was able to rack up 78 yards on six returns. He'll have to do better than that if he and the Trojans have any shot against 18th-ranked Arizona in Tucson.
Last week's ranking: fifth
5. Chris Owusu, Stanford
It took ten weeks, but Stanford's Chris Owusu finally broke out for the Cardinal.
The junior from Oaks Christian–the same high school that produced the likes of Jimmy Clausen and Marc Tyler–had the most impressive line of any receiver in the conference this week.
Nine catches for 165 yards and a touchdown, to go along with four returns for 84 yards.
And a 12-yard rush, for good measure.
Owusu will have a chance to justify his long-term inclusion in the rankings with a game against Arizona State on Saturday.
Last week's ranking: not ranked
4. Marvin Jones, Cal
Frankly, Marvin Jones probably would not be this high in the rankings had those above him not had such miserable games last week.
To be fair, Jones had himself a solid game in Cal's 20-13 win over Washington State.
Certainly, four catches for 101 yards is nothing to scoff at.
Nonetheless, he may have a tough time keeping the roll going, as the Golden Bears play host to top-ranked Oregon this Saturday.
Last week's ranking: ninth
3. Marquess Wilson, Washington State
Despite putting up only 50 yards on four catches against Cal, Marquess Wilson still leads the Pac-10 in receiving yards.
However, if things keep up, the precocious freshman could see his statistical perch swiped away by Arizona's Juron Criner.
Last week's ranking: third
2. Jeff Maehl, Oregon
It's tough to find much fault in what Jeff Maehl is doing in the Pac-10 these days.
As "ho hum" as his seven-catch, 71-yard performance in Oregon's win against Washington may be, Maehl is still leading the conference in touchdowns and is third in yardage.
Assuming the Ducks hang another half a hundred on Cal this weekend, Maehl should remain comfortably in the upper echelon of receivers out west.
Last week's ranking: first
1. Juron Criner, Arizona
After climbing back to the runner-up position last week, Juron Criner finds himself back in the driver's seat this time around.
Thanks to his nine catches for 98 yards and a touchdown (and three carries for 50 yards) in Arizona's beatdown loss to Stanford, Criner becomes the first wide-out this season to be at the top of the list in non-consecutive weeks.
Grover Cleveland, eat your heart out.
Last week's ranking: second