College football week one may officially come to a close when Georgia Tech clashes with Virginia Tech, but for many teams (like the Oregon Ducks), preparation has already began for their next opponent.
Week one gave us the first glimpse into what every team is potentially made of and gave fans their first opportunity to see their favorite college football team take the field and battle it out against their first opponents. For those fans on the west coast, many of them were watching their favorite Pac-12 teams take to the field again after a rather disappointing year for the conference.
11 of the 12 Pac-12 teams were in action (Oregon State’s game was postponed due to inclement weather in Louisiana), with the conference finishing with an 8-3 record after all was said in done.
Now that we have some form of on-field play to evaluate, here are EDN’s first Pac-12 power rankings of the year.
1. USC Trojans (1-0; Previous game: 49-10 over Hawaii)
The Trojans are rated as the number one team in the country and proved why they are such as they dismantled the Hawaii Warriors on Saturday afternoon.
Matt Barkley looked the part of an early Heisman favorite and Robert Woods and Marqise Lee showed the nation why they are two of the best receivers in the nation.
The Men of Troy were brilliant in their afternoon showdown and take the top spot in this weeks rankings.
2. Oregon Ducks (1-0 Previous game: 57-34 over Arkansas State)
The Oregon Ducks were more than impressive in their win over the Red Wolves. Marcus Mariota shined in his official college football debut and looks to be the part of the next great Oregon quarterback.
3. Utah Utes (1-0; Previous game: 41-0 over Northern Colorado)
Utah is one of the more underrated teams in the Pac-12 and showed why they are quite potent on both offense and defense against Northern Colorado. Jordan Wynn showed that he is back and ready to lead the Utah offense and John White still looks to be the great running back the Utes need.
4. Washington Huskies (1-0; Previous game: 21-12 over San Diego State)
While the Huskies did just put together a nine point victory against San Diego State, they did show poise in Centurylink Stadium and Keith Price looked like the consistent quarterback the Huskies will need this year.
5. Arizona State(1-0; Previous game: 63-6 over Northern Arizona)
The Sun Devils took care of a Northern Arizona team as they should have and looked as though they have the potential firepower to exceed expectations on offense.
6. UCLA (1-0; Previous game: 49-24 over Rice)
Brett Hundley, the new UCLA quarterback, looks as though he has a strong grasp of the Bruin offense and looked very good against the Owls. UCLA could be an interesting team to watch in the South.
7. California Golden Bears (0-1; Previous game: 31-24 loss to Nevada)
While the Bears did lose this game to Nevada, they still looked good in it. The Wolfpack are not a bad team and the Bears still have numerous options all across the field.
8. Arizona (1-0; Previous game: 24-17 over Toledo)
The Wildcats struggled at times to get anything going against Toledo, something that they will need to improve upon if they are to contend against a pretty loaded Pac-12 schedule.
9. Stanford (1-0; Previous game: 20-17 over San Jose State)
Stanford will clearly miss Andrew Luck this season. Stepfan Taylor helps that loss a little, but their quarterback situation is a little bit uncertain right now in terms of the production that they will receive from the position.
10. Oregon State Beavers (0-0; Previous game: No game played)
The Beavers’ game was cancelled due to inclement weather in Louisiana and will have to reschedule it for a later time.
11. Washington State Cougars (0-1; Previous game: 30-6 loss to BYU)
The Cougars, who were coming into 2012 with high expectations, failed to make anything work against an impressive BYU team. The offense was anemic and defense less than impressive.
12. Colorado Buffaloes (0-1; Previous game; 22-17 loss to Colorado State)
It looks as though 2012 will be yet another tough year for the Buffaloes. Though they did put some points up on the board, a loss to in-state university Colorado State was not the way to get a turnaround season started.
Stay tuned next week for our newest installment of the power rankings