Pac-12 Football Power Rankings: Week 4

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Sep 14, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley (17) leaves the field after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. UCLA won 41-21. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

What an entertaining weekend of football. Two games that came down to the final seconds or went to overtime, UCLA dominating Nebraska in the second half and USC got back on track with a convincing win over Boston College.

As I’m sure you all have seen by now, ASU beat Wisconsin with the help of, to say the least, questionable officiating. I was in attendance and I’ll tell you, the crowd was just as confused as the players and officials. Though, I’ve heard reports that the fans yelling, “Fumble!” caused the players to jump on it. It was a very exciting game, but ASU’s weakness were definitely exposed.

We had all six staff members submit ballots this week. Jesse Kennemer, Jackson Safon, Erik Erickson, Eric Nelson, Paul Somerstein and myself, Evan Webeck. 12 points are awarded for first place votes, 11 for second, and so on.

1. Oregon Ducks (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 72 points (6 first place votes)

Last week: 59-10 W vs. Tennessee Volunteers

This week: vs. California Golden Bears (1-2)

Amazingly, the Ducks’ 61.3 points scored per game does not lead the nation. That title belongs to the Baylor Bears, who have averaged 69.5 points in two games thus far. Then again, Baylor’s points have come against Wofford and Buffalo; Oregon’s have come against Nicholls State, Virginia and Tennessee.

2. Stanford Cardinal (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 65 points

Last week: 34-20 W @ Army Black Knights

This week: vs. No. 23 Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0)

Stanford came out slow and didn’t really pick things up much later on. The Cardinal were only up four at halftime, and that only improved to 14 by the end of the game. It seemed as though the Cardinal were unprepared and possibly looking over the Black Knights in favor of their next opponent, No. 23 ASU.

3. UCLA Bruins (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 61 points

Last week: 41-21 W @ Nebraska Cornhuskers

This week: vs. New Mexico St. Aggies (0-3)

The first team other than Oregon or Stanford to receive a top-two vote in the power rankings! Gifted by Paul Somerstein – who added an affirmative “yeah” in parentheses next to his submission. It was more than earned, after the Bruins gave a whooping to the then No. 23 Cornhuskers. Though it helps when the team you surpass barely beat Army.

4. Washington Huskies (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 54 points

Last week: 34-24 W @ Illinois Fighting Illini

This week: vs. Idaho State Bengals (2-0)

Some might say they weren’t impressed by the Huskies victory in Chicago last weekend, and that’s valid, but I’m just happy with the ‘W’. Illinois had looked much better than expected, much in thanks to the resurgence of quarterback Joe Scheehaase. When he reverted to his old, worse self, it was no surprise to see the Illini trailing. Now, the Huskies face a 53-point spread at home against FCS Idaho State – and that’s only the third-largest in the nation this week.

5. Arizona State Sun Devils (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 48 points

Last week: 32-30 W vs. No. 20 Wisconsin Badgers

This week: @ No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (2-0)

“The knumble,” as it has been described by House of Sparky. Did Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave’s knee hit the ground? Did the officials have a deal with “the man”? We’ll never know! (OK, maybe we do know his knee hit the ground.) What we do know is that the officials responsible have been “reprimanded” by the league, which most are speculating means they won’t officiate this week.

6. Oregon State Beavers (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) 36 points

Last week: 51-48 W @ Utah Utes

This week: @ San Diego State Aztecs (0-2)

Just like the AP top-five, there was no disagreement or change in our top-five. All the ballots, except Paul’s, were identical up until the sixth slot. Oregon State and USC looking better complicate things. So does the 3-0 start from the Arizona Wildcats and 2-1 start by the Washington State Cougars. Only Oregon State and Arizona received sixth place votes, but the four teams are only separated by five points.

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