Pac-12 football, Week 5: Ranking the 5 best teams

To say that things “shifted” in the PAC-12 this weekend would be an understatement. When Oregon fell to Utah in Eugene they dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time since 2009.

Then, UCLA smashed Arizona on national television, solidifying their sport at the top.

As conference play heated up, so did the rankings.

Here is how the PAC-12 ranks after Week 4.

No. 5: California Golden Bears

Cal is the only other team aside from UCLA and Utah to be 4-0 in the conference and they just broke the top 25 after this weekend, but they still haven’t proved they belong there.

Star quarterback Jared Goff threw for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns, but the team showed signs of weakness, namely a fumble that resulted in a 70-yard touchdown.

No. 4 USC Trojans

The Trojans rebounded from last week’s loss and punished ASU, 42-14. Cody Kessler went 19-of-33 for 375 yards and five touchdowns. The USC defense was also impressive, holding ASU scoreless until the end of the third quarter.

USC looked solid on both sides of the ball.

No. 3: Stanford Cardinal

Stanford has turned things around since Week 1 and played well again this weekend, decidedly beating Oregon State, 42-14.

Kevin Hogan went 9-of-14 for 163 yards and two touchdowns, while Christian McCaffrey had 30 carries for 206 yards. The only reason Stanford is ahead of USC is because they beat the Trojans in Week 3 in LA.

No. 2 Utah Utes

The Utes dominated Oregon, 62-20, in Eugene, dropping Oregon out of the Top 25. Travis Wilson threw for 227 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Oregon went through three different quarterbacks. Wilson also led Utah in rushing yards with 6 carries and an additional touchdown.

If there were still any doubters, Utah has certainly proved they are legitimate.

No. 1 UCLA Bruins

UCLA continues to remain undefeated, after dominating Arizona, 56-30, this past weekend.

The UCLA running backs ran the ball 47 times for 213 yards and six touchdowns, while freshman star Josh Rosen continued to look calm and impressive; throwing 19-of-28 for 284 yards and two touchdowns.

With linebacker Myles Jack out for the season, their defense allowed Arizona to rush for 353 yards, so they will need to fix that gap to stay on top.

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Big Ten football, Week 5: Ranking the 5 best teams
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