5. Stanford (1-1)
Stanford’s defense played really well week 1 against a formable Big 10 opponent in Northwestern. They won that game 17-7 and K.J. Costello did just enough to get the Cardinal the win. Towards the end of that game, Costello went down with an injury and was absent last week against USC. After suffering a loss there, with Costello back in week 3 playing on the road against #17 UCF (the best team in the group of 5 over the last few seasons) we will see if Stanford can have a bounce back victory. This game will be very telling of Stanford’s season, as well as being an important game for the conference as a whole. Note: They’ll also be without All-American Walker Little for the remainder of the season.
6. Cal (2-0)
After not looking very good against FCS foe UC Davis, the Golden Bears went up to Seattle and beat the then 14th ranked Washington Huskies. Cal’s defense looked legit all game and gave the Washington receivers fits. It’s hard to tell if California is just that much improved, or if they just had a one week wonder similar to last year’s game against UW. More will become clear about this Cal team as the season goes on.