Pac-12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 5

Pac-12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 5

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Pac-12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 5


What happened in all the Week 5 Pac-12 games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the Pac-12 rankings and analysis.


Pac-12 Week 5 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the Pac-12 predictions so far? SU: 38-6, ATS: 17-18

1. Washington (5-0)

Final Score: Washington 44, Stanford 6
Prediction: Washington 27, Stanford 23, UW -3
Up Next: at Oregon

Quick Take: Okay, Washington. That’s the win we were all waiting for, and now the spotlight is on. The defense shut down Christian McCaffrey to a dead stop, the line lived in the backfield, and Jake Browning threw for an efficient and effective 210 yards and three scores. It was the perfect national spotlight moment, but now there can’t be a hiccup against a suddenly-awful Oregon team.

2. Stanford (3-1)

Final Score: Washington 44, Stanford 6
Prediction: Washington 27, Stanford 23, UW -3
Up Next: Washington State

Quick Take: Eventually, the Cardinal were going to pay for their lack of offensive diversity. Ryan Burns did what he could, but the Washington line spent have the day sitting on him. While he didn’t throw a pick, he only cranked up 151 yards and a score. That’s not going to get it done when Christian McCaffrey is running for just 49 yards and not being all Christian McCaffrey.

3. Colorado (4-1)

Final Score: Colorado 47, Oregon State 6
Prediction: Colorado 34, Oregon State 17, Colorado -18
Up Next: at USC

Quick Take: It’s only Oregon State, but the Buffs are showing more and more that they’re the real deal with an unstoppable offense that’s rolling through everyone. Steven Montez continued to blow up in place of Sefo Liufau, throwing for 293 yards and three scores  with Shay Fields catching all three touchdown passes with seven grabs for 169 yards. The defense clamped down all game long, the offense put the game away in the second quarter, and now it’s all about the date at USC. Win that, and then it’s really on.

4. UCLA (3-2)

Final Score: UCLA 45, Arizona 24
Prediction: UCLA 41, Arizona 37, UCLA -13.5
Up Next: at Arizona State

Quick Take: There we go, UCLA. The team needed to come up with a brilliant day to show it could do it, and it cranked it up offensively with Josh Rosen looking like the Josh Rosen everyone’s been expected and waiting for throwing for 350 yards and three scores. The defense still can’t stop the run, but the offensive line was good enough to do its part to keep the production going whenever Arizona threatened. This might have been the moment when the Bruins showed just how good they could be.

5. USC (2-3)

Final Score: USC 41, Arizona State 20
Prediction: USC 34, Arizona State 30, USC -10
Up Next: Colorado

Quick Take: Well there we go, USC. Was that so hard? San Darnold threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns, Justin Davis ran for 123 yards and a score, and JuJu Smith-Schuster caught seven passes for 123 yards and three touchdowns as all the stars came out. Meanwhile, the defense didn’t let ASU breathe, stuffing the dangerous offense until it was a 41-6 game going into the fourth. This was the moment the Trojans needed – now do it again against Colorado.

6. Arizona State (4-1)

Final Score: USC 41, Arizona State 20
Prediction: USC 34, Arizona State 30, USC -10
Up Next: UCLA

Quick Take: The Sun Devils were overdue for one of these. Manny Wilkins got beaten up and the offense didn’t go anywhere, the ground game couldn’t breathe – the longest run was just ten yards – and the defense didn’t have a prayer against a razor-sharp day from the USC offensive onslaught. But it’s just one game. Beat UCLA next week and all will be okay – but Wilkins has to be in one piece again.

7. California (3-2)

Final Score: Cal 28, Utah 23
Prediction: Cal 44, Utah 41, Cal -1.5
Up Next: at Oregon State

Quick Take: California was able to pull off the win over Utah because of … defense? It came up with a stop it had to have to hold on in a thriller when Davis Webb was just good, not unstoppable. The Bears were able to throe for 306 yards with Webb throwing for four yards, but give credit to the defense for not getting gouged. The longest run it allowed was just 13 yards – the tackling is getting better at just the right time.

8. Utah (4-1)

Final Score: Cal 28, Utah 23
Prediction: Cal 44, Utah 41, Cal -1.5
Up Next: Arizona

Quick Take: The Utes slugged their way through the game, but unlike last week against USC, this time they couldn’t come through. They should’ve run better against the porous Cal defense, but this was a plodding game without anything big. But that was okay considering the plan was to crank out the clock and keep Davis Webb off the field – Utah had the ball for over 42 minutes – and converted several fourth down plays, but it couldn’t close.

9. Washington State (2-2)

Final Score: Washington State 51, Oregon 33
Prediction: Washington State 47, Oregon 43, Oregon -1.5
Up Next: at Stanford

Quick Take: That’s what the Cougars are supposed to do when it comes to cranking up the yards, but on the ground? Luke Falk was Luke Falk with 371 yards and a scoring pass, but this was about the running game with Jamal Morrow, James Williams and Gerard Wicks each running for two scores with Morrow and Williams coming up with gash after gash.

10. Arizona (2-3)

Final Score: UCLA 45, Arizona 24
Prediction: UCLA 41, Arizona 37, UCLA -13.5
Up Next: at Utah

Quick Take: The defense couldn’t get to Josh Rosen and it got picked apart. The running game worked, even though there weren’t many big dashes – QB Brandon Dawkins had the best run of the day – but it was more solid than sensational on a day when the offense needed a little bit of explosion. At some point the Wildcats will be in one piece, but the defense will still have issues. Arizona needs to handle the shootouts, and it couldn’t do it when UCLA got rolling.

11. Oregon (2-3)

Final Score: Washington State 51, Oregon 33
Prediction: Washington State 47, Oregon 43, Oregon -1.5
Up Next: Washington

Quick Take: Uh oh. The offense isn’t able to pick up the slack for the disastrous defense, with Dakota Prukop throwing for 132 yards and a score and the O coming up with a just-okay 416 yards. Royce Freeman did his part with 138 yards and three scores – highlighted by a brilliant 75-yard dash – but the defensive front wasn’t even there. Wazzu did whatever it wanted to, whenever it wanted to. As bad as things have been, though, everything changes around with a win over Washington. Don’t count on it.

12. Oregon State (1-3)

Final Score: Colorado 47, Oregon State 6
Prediction: Colorado 34, Oregon State 17, Colorado -18
Up Next: California

Quick Take: Okay, so Oregon State doesn’t have enough offense to keep up the pace. The typical Gary Andersen defense can’t generate any pressure and the offense doesn’t have any pop or downfield passing ability. Darell Garretson and Conor Blount combined for an ugly 13-of-32 day for 100 yards and two picks- the O soon needs to find something that works. The OSU spread is supposed to be a gamechanger, and it’s just not.

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