Washington State rises after win over Wisconsin

Maybe Idaho, not Washington, is where we got it wrong in Week 1.

After the Cougars barely defeated the Vandals to kick off the season, they stormed back and scored a stunning victory over No. 19 Wisconsin – while Idaho scared Big Ten foe Indiana.

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Either way, Jake Dickert’s team is making good progress in this week’s power rankings, on what was largely a blowout game across the Pac-12.

USC slammed the door early at Stanford in the league’s only conference game, while Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Utah each scored blowout wins over opponents lower on the non-conference roster.

Oregon State and Cal struggled against opponents Mountain West but ultimately defeated them, while lowly Colorado got blasted by the Air Force, losing 41-10.

All of this has created a lot of movement in this week’s power rankings, with five or six teams that could easily be ranked in the top three.

Here’s a look at the Pac-12 power rankings after the Week 2 action:


Colorado Buffaloes (0-2) (Last week: 12)

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Colorado looked almost unbelievably bad on Saturday, getting knocked off the field by the Air Force in a 41-10 beating. Buffs quarterback JT Shrout completed just five passes on 21 attempts for 51 yards, as well as one interception.

It’s going to be a long, long year in Boulder if this continues.


Arizona (1-1) (last week: 7)

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The fun and intriguing Arizona offense we saw in Week 1 was completely absent against Mississippi State, with Laura’s transfer quarterback Jayden tossing three picks and eventually being replaced by Noah Fifita and Jamarye Joiner.

Looks like another tough year for the Wildcats.


Cal (2-0) (Last week: 11)

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The Golden Bears are now 2-0 on the year, so they get a spot in the standings, but being outscored 14-6 in the last three quarters against a bad UNLV team doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence in this team. forward.

A date with Notre Dame in Week 3, even a Notre Dame team that just lost to Marshall, should give us a better idea of ​​what this Cal team is made up of.


Stanford (1-1) (Last week: 10)

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The Cardinal made it respectful against USC by scoring 14 unanswered points in the final quarter, but ultimately it was another loss for coach Lincoln Riley and the Trojans.

Tanner McKee’s rolling issues continue as the veteran quarterback threw a pair of picks in this one. Until this is under control, Stanford and coach David Shaw are going to struggle.


Arizona State (1-1) (last week: 8)

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The Sun Devils couldn’t find the end zone until the second half, eventually losing 34-17 to the No. 11-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Emory Jones went 12-for-23 for 223 yards and a touchdown, but the Arizona State defense struggled to stop running back Dominic Richardson who had 131 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Arizona State gets Eastern Michigan next week.


Oregon State (2-0) (last week: 3)

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Hard to beat Oregon State for picking up a hard-fought victory in a very tough road environment, but other strong performances around the conference still dropped the Beavers a few spots.

Harder wins like Coach Johnathan Smith’s, securing a victory despite a pedestrian performance from quarterback Chance Nolan and a poor game from the defense, should get this team back into the top five in no time.


Washington (2-0) (last week: 6)

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Washington and UCLA are the hardest teams to pin down at this point. Both have two blowout wins over inferior opponents, which doesn’t give us a good barometer of how they’ve looked this season.

I’m going to give UCLA the advantage for now, mainly because they have more experience on the roster and Washington gave up 20 points to Kent State in Game 1. Still, Michael Penix looks like a great find at quarterback and this Husky team could be very dangerous in the Pac-12 North.


UCLA (2-0) (Last week: 4)

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Chip Kelly’s seasoned offense at UCLA has now scored 45 points in consecutive games, a great feat even though it came against Alabama State and Bowling Green.

The Bruins have southern Alabama and Colorado as their next two games, so we’ll have to wait a while to see just how good this team really is.

With Dorian Thompson-Robinson still under center, this team has plenty of upside.


Washington State (2-0) (last week: 9)

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Jake Dickert’s team earned a game-changing victory on Saturday by defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in Madison.

They held Wisconsin to just 14 points, all in the second quarter, and solid play from defense and special teams more than made up for quarterback Cameron Ward’s tough game.

Colorado State is next, followed by a big game against Oregon on September 24.


Oregon (1-1) (Last week: 5)

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Dan Lanning picked up a well-deserved win on his home debut at Autzen Stadium, and his team scored a big hit by scoring 70 points over the Eastern Washington Eagles. Bo Nix threw for five touchdowns and Troy Franklin was a perfect 9-for-9 on receptions on what was a great night in Eugene.


Utah (1-1) (Last week: 2)

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Like Oregon, Utah bounced back from an ugly Week 1 loss to post huge numbers against an inferior opponent.

The Utes used a 38-point second quarter to kick off this game in the sun early, and quarterbacks Cameron Rising and Bryson Barnes each had great performances for Utah as they look to get back into the national conversation after losing to Florida.


USC (2-0) (Last week: 1)

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USC let Stanford back into the game a bit during the fourth quarter, but Lincoln Riley and quarterback Caleb Williams got off to a great start for the Trojans.

Williams threw for four touchdowns in this one while former Oregon running back Travis Dye carried the ball 14 times for 105 yards and a score.

Prized receiver Jordan Addison showed everyone why he is such a top talent, tallying for 172 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns on the night.

USC is going to be tough this year, although we haven’t seen them against a 25-caliber opponent yet.

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