Some teams were apparently overrated going into the 4th week of Pac 12 football or forgot that you need to show up for every game to play. Arizona came back to reality when the tried to march-up against Oregon. Utah was embarrassed in Tempe when they met a rejuvenated Arizona State and UCLA found out that a Pro Coaches reputation could not save the Bruin’s an embarrassment by Oregon State in the Rose Bowl. USC returned to it winning ways when they defeated the Cal Bears. Finally, Mike Leach found out it helps to teach how to play defense when Washington State lost in a shoot-out at home to lowly Colorado.
The top end of the Pacific-12 Conference held steady during Week 4 of the football season, but there was plenty of movement in the middle and at the bottom.
Oregon State may be near the top at the end after the strong showing over UCLA. Colorado mixed in a win, while Washington State and California are on the way down.Here are the latest rankings.
1. Stanford (3-0, 1-0): The Cardinal keep the top spot during the bye.
2. Oregon (4-0, 1-0): The Ducks proved they have a defense with a 49-0 route of Arizona, while the offense still did its usual work.
3. USC (3-1, 1-1): After losing to Stanford last week, the Trojans bounce back with an easy 27-9 win over California. Expect them to pick up speed again.
4. Oregon State (2-0, 1-0): The Beavers put together a complete game against UCLA. They stopped the spread and a mobile QB. Saturday’s game at Arizona will be interesting.
5. Arizona State (3-1, 1-0): Sun Devils maintained the strong start in their rebuilding with easy win over Utah. QB Taylor Kelly had a career game.
6. UCLA (3-1, 0-1): Bruins are still a good team after loss to the Beavers. They made it tough on OSU and could still move the ball when things weren’t working.
7. Washington: (2-1, 0-0): Huskies moved up a spot during a bye by default as teams ahead fall.
8. Arizona (3-1, 0-1): Wildcats come back down to earth with Oregon defeat since they are a rebuilding program. Beavers hope they don’t rebound against them Saturday.
9. Utah (2-2, 0-1): Was there an emotional letdown after big win over rival BYU? Utes fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and it was over.
10. California.(1-3, 0-1): It was a rough showing against USC. Setbacks are piling up and will make it difficult to turn around the season.
11. Colorado (1-3, 1-0): That was an impressive 21-point fourth-quarter rally to overcome Washington State. It’s a conference win and something to build on.
12. Washington State (2-2, 0-1): Well, how do you lose to the Buffaloes? After things looked up for the Cougars, this is a major setback.
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