Pac-12 Football: Power Ranking the Conference's Best Performances from Week 5

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Pac-12 Football: Power Ranking the Conference's Best Performances from Week 5
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Stanford QB Andrew Luck easily disposed of the UCLA Bruins

Only five Pac-12 games this week, but there were some interesting ones, including the offensive fireworks in the USC Trojans vs. Arizona Wildcats game, which had a combined 893 yards passing and eight TDs.

The Pac-12 has not been easy for the new teams, as Utah and Colorado are a combined 0-3 in conference play, excluding Colorado’s loss to California, which was a pre-scheduled non-conference game.

There are three Top 25 Pac-12 teams again after the Week 6 AP rankings: The Stanford Cardinal (4-0) won big and dropped again to No. 7*, the Oregon Ducks (3-1) didn’t play and remained at No. 9* and the Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1) won ugly and moved up to No. 22*.

If Stanford keeps winning by good margins, it may drop out of the Top 10 in the next four weeks. Of course, it didn't help that Wisconsin had a blowout win over Nebraska.

The Pac-12 conference is still ranked fourth as indicated in the ESPN conference power rankings.

Player of the week honors go to USC quarterback Matt Barkley (second time) for offense, Washington State linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis for defense and Arizona State wide receiver/kick returner Jamal Miles for special teams. USC safety T.J. McDonald was named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe defensive back of the week. Washington State quarterback Marshall Lobbestael received the Manning Player of the Week honors.

Top games this week include Arizona State at the Utah Utes, the Washington State Cougars at the UCLA Bruins and the California Golden Bears at Oregon. USC and the Washington Huskies have a bye.

Here is a ranking of the conference’s best performances from the fifth week of the college football season, excluding Oregon and California, who did not play.

*Week 6 AP ranking

 

Previous Pac-12 Power Rankings

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2

Week 1

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