T1. Stanford Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) 69 points (3 first place votes)
Last week: 55-17 W @ Washington State Cougars
This week: vs. No. 15 Washington Huskies
The Cardinal didn’t miss the memo that it was blowout week in the Pac-12, embarrassing the Cougars in Seattle, 55-17. Once again, there will be a battle of the unbeatens involving the Huskies – this time it’s in Palo Alto.
T1. Oregon Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) 69 points (3 first place votes)
Last week: 55-16 W vs. California Golden Bears
This week: @ Colorado Buffaloes
The Ducks just slightly outdid the Cardinal, throttling California, 55-16, last weekend. They even forced Bears head coach Sonny Dykes to pull his freshman starting quarterback, Jared Goff, in favor of another freshman, Zach Kline. If you thought 55-16 was a blowout, just wait until next week when the Ducks get the field to themselves…er, I mean, they play Colorado.
3. Washington Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) 58 points
Last week: 30-13 W vs. Arizona Wildcats
This week: @ No. 5 Stanford Cardinal
The Huskies jumped from No. 4 to No. 3 thanks to an impressive win versus Arizona at home. The rainy conditions played a major role – Ka’Deem Carey and Bishop Sankey combined for 70 carries. Neither passing game was particularly efficient, something the Huskies need to fix if they are to stand a chance at Stanford.
4. UCLA Bruins (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 56 points
Last week: Bye
This week: @ Utah Utes
The Bruins are officially the last team to play a conference game. They cruised to a 3-0 record in non-conference play, and that is set to improve against an overmatched Utah team. The Utes have proven they can score, however, so it may not be an easy win for the Bruins, especially on the road.
5. Arizona State Sun Devils (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12) 48 points
Last week: 62-41 W vs. USC Trojans
This week: vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Cowboy Stadium)
The Sun Devils broke out new helmets last weekend for the “Maroon Monsoon” against USC, and may I say they are mighty fine. This week against Notre Dame, they will also debut new lids – this time with flames. Pictures supposedly don’t do them justice, so I guess we’ll wait until Saturday to make a final judgement on them. Oh yeah, they also got Lane Kiffin fired.
6. Oregon State Beavers (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) 41 points
Last week: 44-17 W vs. Colorado Buffaloes
This week: Bye
The Beavers have rebounded since losing their season-opener to Eastern Washington – who, meanwhile, has dropped its last two. What was supposed to be a 7-0 start will probably be a 6-1 start before the Beavers face Stanford. Sean Mannion has the best numbers of any quarterback in the Pac-12, but he is also averaging more than 47 pass attempts per game.