7. Arizona Wildcats (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) 35 points
Last week: 30-13 L @ No. 15 Washington Huskies
This week: Bye
The Wildcats came into Seattle with high hopes but left with them dashed. B.J. Denker had a predictably awful game, while Carey was predictably great. If not for two long fourth down conversions, the Huskies would have had their second shutout in a row. Now, Arizona has a bye week to regroup before heading to Los Angeles for Ed Orgeron’s head coaching debut.
T8. Utah Utes (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) 26 points
Last week: Bye
This week: vs. No. 12 UCLA Bruins
If anything, the Utes have proven they can score. Thus far, they’re averaging 42 points per game – they only hit that number three times all last season. They came close to winning a shootout versus Oregon State, but instead, they were left 0-1. They’re far from the favorites against UCLA, but it wouldn’t be crazy if the Utes upset the Bruins in Salt Lake City.
T8. USC Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) 26 points
Last week: 62-41 L @ No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils
This week: Bye
Kiffin out, Orgeron in. Trojans fans should be thanking the Sun Devils for putting a whooping on their team in order to force Kiffin out as soon as possible. He’ll have two weeks to prepare for his head coaching debut and get his team in line. He’s already done one positive in opening practice to the media.
10. Washington State Cougars (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) 22 points
Last week: 55-17 L vs. No. 5 Stanford Cardinal
This week: @ California Golden Bears
The Cougars looked like one of the most improved teams in the Pac-12 in their first four games, but all of that evaporated against Stanford in Seattle. Connor Halliday was ineffective enough to get pulled in favor of freshman Austin Apodaca. Good on the Cougs for not burning Tyler Bruggman’s redshirt in the blowout loss.
T11. Colorado Buffaloes (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) 9 points
Last week: 44-17 L @ Oregon State Beavers
This week: vs. No. 2 Oregon Ducks
The hapless Buffaloes get a treat this week in the Ducks. If they gave up 44 points to Oregon State, they may be on pace to give up 70 to the Ducks. This should be the biggest blowout of the Pac-12 season – it’s just a matter of by how much.
T11. California Golden Bears (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) 9 points
Last week: 55-16 L @ No. 2 Oregon Ducks
This week: vs. Washington State Cougars
Goff was off, to say the least. I thought the Bears would be able to score a little bit more against the Ducks, but that was proven wrong in a hurry. The Bears are a hit-and-miss team; it mostly depends on how their young quarterback(s) perform. Against Oregon, it wasn’t too well. A home game against the Cougars should prove to be a competitive contest.