Every week for the remainder of the college football season, Emerald City Swagger Staff will put out our weekly PAC-12 power rankings.
Let’s take a look at our updated weekly PAC-12 rankings headed into the weekend. With only three teams in the conference ranked in the top-25, there are still some games left to determine position for some important bowl games and also a potential playoff birth for WSU.
Pinch-hitting for Ed Stein while he is on the disabled list is Jordan Cordano.
12. Oregon State Beavers (2-8,1-6)
Last week: The Beavers ran into a mad Stanford team and were stomped into the ground down at the farm, losing 48-17. OSU never got things rolling and fell behind quickly.
This week: at #18 Washington.
Note: The Beavers face a tough road challenge in back to back weeks, this time having to travel to Seattle and face the #18 Washington Huskies. The Huskies have something to prove and all OSU has, is trying to save face.
11. UCLA Bruins (2-8 overall, 2-5 PAC-12)
Last week: UCLA is getting better week by week despite what their record indicates. That showed with a spirited, competitive game down in Tempe versus the ASU Sun Devils. Unfortunately, the Bruins ended up with another loss in a close one 31-28.
This week: vs. USC.
Note: The Bruins host USC in a game that could swing either way. The Trojans have not separated themselves at all this year in the PAC-12 south despite their highly recruited talent. Chip Kelly will look to lead his team to a win over their cross-town rivals.
10. Colorado Buffaloes (5-5, 2-5)
Last week: The Buffs looked to be a PAC-12 South champion contender, earlier in the season when they started 2-0 in league play. Those hopes have come crashing down after a fifth straight loss, this time to the roaring Cougars at home. The game wasn’t close as WSU won 31-7.
This week: vs #19 Utah
Note: Another tough home matchup featuring another ranked team coming to Boulder. The #19 Utah Utes are coming off a big win over Oregon despite losing both their starting QB and RB for the season. It will be another tough matchup that I don’t believe the Buffs can handle.