Sept. 1, 2012; Tucson, AZ, USA; Toledo Rockets cornerback Chris Dukes (5) misses a tackle on Arizona Wildcats running back Ka'Deem Carey (25) during a 73 yard touchdown run in the second half at Arizona Stadium. The Wildcats beats the Rockets 24-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Week one of the college football season is officially behind us. Let us celebrate this glorious occasion by arranging the Pac-12 football teams in a concrete, and definite order of greatness, that in no way will upset the delicate sensibilities of any team's fan base (looking at you, ASU).
Seriously, with one game down, and 11+ to go, this list is just barely more informational than a pre-season poll. That doesn't mean it's any less fun to debate where the teams stack up.
Let's jump down that slippery slope of ranking teams based on 8% of the season.
1) USC (1-0, 0-0) - The Trojans absolutely mauled Hawaii and showed why many people had them tabbed as preseason favorites in the conference (and the country).
Next: @ Syracuse (0-1, 0-0)
2) Oregon (1-0, 0-0) -Just when you think Oregon won't keep topping themselves, then they come out Saturday and do that. They definitely stepped up the ridiculous meter with those uniforms, huh guys? Truth be told, I kind of liked them in an Oregon Does Crazy Things kind of way. Also, they crushed Arkansas State. Moving on.
Next: vs. Fresno State (1-0, 0-0)
3) Utah (1-0, 0-0) -Northern Colorado was dispatched with expected ease. Jordan Wynn stayed healthy. They look like the clear leader of Everyone Not Named Oregon or USC.
Next: @ Utah State (1-0, 0-0)
4) Washington (1-0, 0-0) -The Huskies struggled to put San Diego State away, after leading 21-6 in the 3rd quarter. It's not that they looked bad, but they didn't look great. It's pretty unlikely that kind of effort will lead to good things this week, tiger at practice or not.
Next:@ LSU (1-0, 0-0)
5) UCLA (1-0, 0-0) - The Bruins won big, at Rice 49-24, piling up 646 yards of total offense, including three 70+ yard TD plays. Rice looked pretty bad, but UCLA did what it needed to do, and the Jim Mora Jr. era is off on the right foot.
Next: vs. Nebraska (1-0, 0-0)
6 - tie) Arizona (1-0, 0-0) -The Cats needed overtime to put away Toledo, despite out-gaining the Rockets 624 yards to 358. Matt Scott had a ho-hum 461 yards of total offense. Arizona was fortunate, though, to escape in OT after turning the ball over three times.
Next: vs. Oklahoma State (1-0, 0-0)
6 - tie) Stanford (1-0, 0-0) - The Cardinal earn the tie with the Cats after barely putting away San Jose State at home. Andrew Luck replacement, Josh Nunes was 16-26 passing for only 125 yards. Not exactly what folks on the Farm were hoping for.
Next: vs. Duke (1-0, 0-0)
8) ASU (1-0, 0-0) -Sparky beat Northern Arizona, and Todd Graham didn't leave Tempe for another job yet. All in all, a good weekend for the Devils.
Next: vs. Illinois (1-0, 0-0)
9) WSU (0-1, 0-0) -The Cougs' highly anticipated debut of Mike Leach and the Air Raid offense fell flat. BYU romped all over WSU, and worse yet, the offense failed to get in the endzone.
Next: vs. Eastern Washington (1-0, 0-0)
10) Cal (0-1, 0-0) -The Golden Bears fall behind WSU for one reason: they lost at home in the debut of the complete renovation of their stadium to a team from the MWC. Not exactly what they had in mind. On a completely unrelated note: Jeff Tedford complained that someone must have put a heater directly underneath his office chair Monday morning.
Next:vs. Southern Utah (0-1, 0-0)
11) Colorado (0-1, 0-0) -The Buffs really wanted to start off year two in the Pac-12 with a win over hated in-state rival, Colorado State. They even led at halftime, 14-9. The offense failed to muster anything more than a field goal in the second half, however, and CSU slowly chipped away, winning 22-17.
Next: vs. Sacramento State (0-1, 0-0)
Not ranked - Oregon State
The Beavers were the only Pac-12 team out of action week one. They will join the Power Rankings next week after hosting Wisconsin. Thankfully, they should not get too tired from having to climb very high up the ladder.