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PAC-12 Power Rankings, Week 6

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After six weeks of football, here is how the conference shakes out

Washington State v Stanford Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
  1. Washington- What a performance the Huskies put up in the Ducks’ house as they rolled to a 70-21 win on the road. Jake Browning was dominant as he threw for 304 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran in a pair of touchdowns while Myles Gaskin ran for 197 and a touchdown. When an offense puts up 21 points in the first quarter it allows the defense to play aggressive and force turnovers. They control their own destiny.
  2. Arizona State- They yet again have beaten a conference opponent, this time UCLA. This team continues to get just enough defense to win football games. While there is a lot of pressure to put up considerable points every week, thus far they have held up, this time in an ugly 23-20 win.
  3. Utah- They bounced back with a solid victory over Arizona this week as Troy Williams continues to play well. He passed for 245 and a touchdown on the Wildcats defense. The real advantage, however, was the consistency of the running game as Utah recorded 210 total rushing yards and three touchdowns on the day. Their balance on offense is what will keep them winning.
  4. Washington State- Luke Falk and the Cougar offense had their way against the Cardinal in a 42-16 win. Washington State now has scored 40 plus points in four of five games on the year. The Cougars also have three receiver with 200 or more receiving yards and three running back with 100 plus receiving yards. Falk is spreading the ball all over the field and on a hot streak.
  5. USC- Dare I say that Sam Darnold may turn this season around for the Trojans as well as save a lot of jobs on that coaching staff? Yes I do. In three starts, Darnold has 963 yards and six touchdowns along with a 2-1 record. This roster has always been talented, now with the quarterback situation figured out, this could be a dangerous team again.
  6. Colorado- This was an unfortunate loss to USC as Colorado seemed to have found a bit of a hot streak. While not wanting to over react to one loss, this does feel like this team is coming back to earth. Now they have to face an Arizona State team that loves putting up points. I smell another loss.
  7. Stanford- This is going to be a long year, Cardinal fans. Both sides of the line are playing poorly, the quarterback position is still in flux somehow and the defense desperately needs to get healthy. This team is slipping fast and there just is not enough talent around Christian McCaffrey to give him a chance, or to keep this team in games against high powered offenses.
  8. California- It is truly unfortunate that Davis Webb is on such a bad team with a terrible offensive line. He now has thrown for 2,258 yards and 22 touchdowns along with three touchdowns. This game was a ridiculous show on the ground as Oregon State ran for 400 plus yards and Cal had 300 plus. Just more proof that when Webb has a down game, they can have a great running day and still lose. This team is as good as Webb plays.
  9. UCLA- This team looked like they might turn things around after playing well against Stanford. Turns out Stanford just is not very good. Rosen threw for 400 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but they still lose because of no help in the running attack and poor play in the trenches.
  10. Arizona- Dawkins had a solid game in the loss to Utah, throwing for 243 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two picks, however, and this defense can make stops but not when the quarterback turns over the ball. If Anu Solomon was playing this could be one of the better teams in this conference. Unfortunately, he is out and Arizona is just hanging on to keep games close.
  11. Oregon State- Well yet again my bottom team gets a solid win as the Beavers topped Cal in a 47-44 slug fest on the ground. This team was able to run for a combined 474 yards and six touchdowns. They won a game with quarterback only throwing 85 yards. Shoutout to Ryan Nall who ran for 221 yards and three touchdowns.
  12. Oregon- Oh how the mighty have fallen. This defense is absolutely atrocious, and Browning tore them up. They gave up 21 points in the first quarter and destroyed any chance they had by halftime. The Ducks should look into bringing in their next class of cornerbacks for next week.

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