Pac-12 Power Rankings: Washington State on the rise after big upset

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Here are this week’s Pac-12 Power Rankings: 

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I’m gonna race it to the ground
Nobody gonna beat my car
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Highway Star by Deep Purple

Welcome to the Pac-12 Power Ranking headquarters atop the mountains behind the Rose Bowl. This week is all about high-powered offenses. It is hard to ignore just how high-powered the USC Trojans looked against the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday. What makes the Trojans so dangerous is they are dynamic and efficient.

Utah scored 38 points in the second quarter on their way to scoring 73 against Southern Utah. The Washington Huskies put 52 points on poor Portland State.

Break out the Oregon State Beavers. They found a way to beat Mountain West contender Fresno State 35-32. Jonathan Smith is proving that Oregon State will be a factor in the conference for the entire season.

There is the bad also. Colorado allowed 435 yards and six touchdowns in a 41-10 blowout loss to Air Force. Buffaloes quarterback J.T. Shrout completed just five passes for 51 yards. Oklahoma State outclassed Arizona State in a 34-17 defeat on the road.

There were several other storylines this week. So, to Apple Cups, Civil Wars, and live mascots running on the field, here are this week’s Pac-12 Power Rankings.