The Pac-12 looked better this week. Only Oregon State and Arizona, big underdogs on the road against ranked teams, were beaten badly by No. 7* Wisconsin and No. 8* Oklahoma State. Arizona State beat previously ranked Missouri, and the rest of the conference won as predicted.
The top teams in the North division are Stanford (2-0) and Oregon (1-1), followed by California (2-0) and Washington (2-0).
The top teams in the South division are Arizona State (2-0) and USC (2-0), followed by Utah (1-1) and Arizona (1-1). The Trojans have the only conference win because California-Colorado did not count as a conference game due to prior scheduling.
The Pac-12 has three teams ranked in the Top 25: Stanford No. 6*, Oregon No. 12* and Arizona State No. 22*. USC is the equivalent of No. 27*.
Pac-12 QBs continue to put up big numbers: 33 TD passes with only four interceptions, including five for more than 350 yards. Cal, Washington and ASU have found their new QBs.
Player of the week honors go to WR Paul Richardson of Colorado and LB Cort Dennison and DT Everrette Thompson of Washington.
Five teams have tougher opponents this week, including Stanford at Arizona, UCLA hosting Texas, Arizona State at Illinois, Washington State at San Diego State and Utah at BYU.
Here is a ranking of the conference’s best performances from the second week of the college football season.
*Week 3 AP rankings
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