Pac-12: Power Ranking the Conference's Best Performances from Week 3

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Pac-12: Power Ranking the Conference's Best Performances from Week 3
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QB Andrew Luck leads Stanford past Arizona after slow start

The Pac-12 won’t get much national respect after going 3-4 against FBS foes. The conference is now 12-9 against FBS nonconference opponents and 4-6 against other AQ conferences. The Pac-12 is ranked fourth in the ESPN conference power rankings.

There are three top 25 teams after the latest AP poll: Stanford (3-0) No. 5*, Oregon (2-1) No. 10* and USC (3-0) No. 23*. Arizona State fell out of the top 25 with a 17-14 loss to Illinois (now No. 24*).

Player of the week honors go to USC QB Matt Barkley for offense, Utah DE Trevor Reilly for defense and California kick returner Brendan Bigelow for special teams.

Top games this week include: USC at Arizona State, California at Washington, Colorado at Ohio State and Oregon at Arizona.

Meanwhile, the Pac-16 realignment talks continue including discussion of four regional “pods” even though it is not clear if the Pac-12 university presidents want to expand.

Here is a ranking of the conference’s best performances from the third week of the college football season excluding Oregon State who did not play.

*Week 4 AP ranking


Previous Pac-12 Power Rankings:

Week 2

Week 1

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