Pac-12 football power rankings after disastrous Week 1 showing

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It was a rough first week of action for Pac-12 football.

The conference went 4-6 overall in Week 1 – including an embarassing 1-5 showing from the Pac-12 north. Sadly, it took the Oregon Ducks pulling off a late victory over Fresno State on Saturday to avoid a winless first week after Washington and Washington State fell to Montana and Utah State, respectively.

Those performances make it clear the Pac-12 south has the better group of teams in the conference this season. This is a bit surprising, as coming into the year perhaps the two coaches with the hottest seats – Chip Kelly and Clay Helton – resided in southern california.

However, UCLA is 2-0 after a dominant win over Hawaii in Week 0 and a big time win over a ranked LSU team in Week 1, while USC looked every bit the part in a commanding win over San Jose State on Saturday.

As such, the Pac-12 power rankings for this week will undergo a shakeup.

Our friends at Trojans Wire released conference power rankings of their own, based solely on last week’s performance, so ours will be more of a blend between preseason expectations, Week 1 performance, and rest of season predictions as we look to put a bad first week behind us.

Washington State (0-1)

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Loss to Utah State, 26-23

Arizona (0-1)

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Loss to BYU, 24-16

Oregon State (0-1)

Loss to Purdue, 31-20

Stanford (0-1)

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Loss to Kansas State, 24-7

Cal (0-1)

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Loss to Nevada, 22-17

Washington (0-1)

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Loss to Montana, 13-7

Colorado (1-0)

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Win over Northern Colorado, 35-7

Arizona State (1-0)

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Win over Southern Utah, 41-14

Utah (1-0)

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Win over Weber State, 40-17

Oregon (1-0)

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Win over Fresno State, 31-24

USC (1-0)

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Win over San Jose State, 30-7

UCLA (2-0)

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Win over No. 16 LSU, 38-27

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