Pac-12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6

Pac-12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6

Week 6

Pac-12 Rankings & Quick Takes After Week 6


What happened in all the Week 6 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 6 Rankings & Quick Takes

How are the Pac-12 predictions so far? SU: 41-9, ATS: 20-21

1. Washington (6-0)

Final Score: Washington 70, Oregon 21
Prediction: Washington 40, Oregon 27, Washington -9.5
Up Next: Oregon State (Oct. 22)

Quick Take: Beating Stanford was one thing, but exorcising the Oregon demon was something different. The defense never let the Ducks breathe from the start. The Huskies were far more physical, far sharper, and far stronger in an eye-opening performance that proved how sharp things are with Jake Browning completing 22-of-28 passes for 304 yards and six scores with two rushing scores, while Myles Gaskin cranked up 197 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries. With two weeks off before Oregon State, now there’s time to rest up.

2. USC (3-3)

Final Score: USC 21, Colorado 17
Prediction: USC 41, Colorado 30, USC -4.5
Up Next: at Arizona

Quick Take: Considering how strong Colorado has been and how dangerous the offense has looked at times, this was a solid defensive performance to get through a dangerous game and take control of the South. Justin Davis ran for 83 yards before hurting his angle, and Sam Darnold gave it up three times, but the passing game clicked with JuJu Smith-Schuster catching five passes for 113 yards and Darnold throwing for 358 yards and three scores. It might not have been perfect, but USC won a big game despite turning it over four times and struggling late.

3. Colorado (4-2)

Final Score: USC 21, Colorado 17
Prediction: USC 41, Colorado 30, USC -4.5
Up Next: Arizona State

Quick Take: The Buffs had their chances, but they couldn’t get anything rolling early and they couldn’t quite take advantage of the four takeaways to get over the hump. Steven Montez threw for 197 yards and a score before getting hurt, and there wasn’t much of a running game to help the cause, but they were still alive in the fourth quarter at USC. The bar is set higher now, but the team and program have progressed enough to believe it should win games like this. Now, though, they have to get healthy at quarterback. Sefo Liufau played, but he only threw for 11 yards. The Cats outgained the Utes, but three turnovers and the inability to get the defense off the field were too much to overcome.

4. Washington State (3-2)

Final Score: Washington State 42, Stanford 16
Prediction: Stanford 34, Washington State 26, Stanford -7.5
Up Next: UCLA

Quick Take: Well that was impressive. It wasn’t just the Wazzu offense that cranked up the production, it was the D that got it done. Luke Falk threw two picks, and he was his usual self with a solid 30-of-41 day for 357 yards and four scores, but the D put on a show holding the defending Pac-12 champs to under 300 yards and forcing three turnovers. This was total domination in a manhandling game that puts the Cougars in a great position to be in the mix for the – yup – the Pac-12 North if the D has more of these performances ready to roll.

5. Utah (5-1)

Final Score: Utah 36, Arizona 23
Prediction: Utah 34, Arizona 17, Utah -10
Up Next: at Oregon State

Quick Take: It was rocky early on, and the 14 penalties kept screwing things up, but eventually the team took control with a huge day against the run and a good enough day from the ground game of its own. Troy Williams was off, completing just 13-of-29 passes, but he made them count with several big plays, while also running for 73 yards and two scores. It was the physical style of the Utes vs. the Arizona flash, and in the end, the Wildcats just didn’t have enough weapons. Utah did what it was supposed to do.

6. Arizona State (5-1)

Final Score: Arizona State 23, UCLA 20
Prediction: UCLA 40, Arizona State 27, UCLA -10
Up Next: at Colorado

Quick Take: Not only did ASU bounce back from it’s horrible performance against USC, it got the win with yet another backup quarterback. With Manny Wilkins out, Brady White struggled completing 19-of-36 passes for 179 yards before getting hurt. The running game didn’t pick up the slack, and Jalen Harvey couldn’t move the offense much. Fortunately, the defense picked a great time to bend but not really break allowing 400 passing yards but beating up Josh Rosen along the way. Three picks and three Zane Gonzalez field goals later, and ASU got a massive win to keep South hopes alive.

7. Stanford (3-2)

Final Score: Washington State 42, Stanford 16
Prediction: Stanford 34, Washington State 26, Stanford -7.5
Up Next: at Notre Dame

Quick Take: If Stanford can do one thing, it’s getting nasty up front and solve all the problems by pounding away. Instead, it got cranked by the Washington State defensive front, the running game came up with 61 yards thanks to Christian McCaffrey getting banged up – he finished with just 35 yards – and now the hopes for the North title are all but gone. To try turning this back around, it all starts with the O line that has to be far, far more cohesive. Getting healthy in the secondary would be nice, too.

8. UCLA (3-3)

Final Score: Arizona State 23, UCLA 20
Prediction: UCLA 40, Arizona State 27, UCLA -10
Up Next: at Washington State

Quick Take: Ugh. The Bruins turned it over four times and Josh Rosen got beaten, battered and bruised, and it managed to lose when the defense allowed just 275 yards and forced three turnovers. The D worked, but the running game was a nightmare finishing with -1 yard on 23 carries. Rosen’s 400 passing yards were enough to keep UCLA alive, but he suffered a slew of injuries and couldn’t go. Mike Fafaul completed 3-of-11 passes for 44 yards and two picks, and didn’t get any help. With a trip to Washington State up next, it’s uh-oh time.

9. California (2-3)

Final Score: Oregon State 47, California 44, OT
Prediction: California 41, Oregon State 20, Cal -13.5
Up Next: Oregon (Oct. 21)

Quick Take: The Bears didn’t start playing until it was too late. The defense couldn’t seem to come up with a real, live stop against the run until the fourth quarter, and the passing game didn’t work a lick. Davis Webb only threw for 113 yards and a pick, but Cal made up for it on the ground with Khalfani Muhammad tearing off 165 yards and a score, and Tre Watson ripping off 134 yards and two touchdowns with big dash after big dash. It wasn’t enough, and now it’s going to take two weeks to try gearing it back up for the trip to Oregon.

10. Arizona (2-4)

Final Score: Utah 36, Arizona 23
Prediction: Utah 34, Arizona 17, Utah -10
Up Next: USC

Quick Take: In the end, Arizona was just too banged up. All the injuries and all the bumps and bruises seem to be taking their toll. Brandon Dawkins started at quarterback, but he threw two picks – along with 243 yards – because he had to keep on bombing. The running game just didn’t work. Utah bottled it up all night, allowing just 127 yards with a longest run of just 11 yards from backup QB Khalil Tate.

11. Oregon State (2-3)

Final Score: Oregon State 47, California 44, OT
Prediction: California 41, Oregon State 20, Cal -13.5
Up Next: Utah

Quick Take: And that’s how it’s all supposed to work. Forgetting how the team almost collapsed, the secondary was phenomenal allowing just 113 yards of Cal passing offense, while the running game and the spread ripped the Bears to shreds coming up with 474 yards and six scores averaging close to ten yards per pop. Ryan Nall ran for 221 yards and three scores before getting hurt, and QB Darell Garretson overcame two picks with 105 yards and two touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime. Is this the start of a turnaround? Beat Utah next week, and then it’ll be time to get excited.

12. Oregon (2-4)

Final Score: Washington 70, Oregon 21
Prediction: Washington 40, Oregon 27, Washington -9.5
Up Next: California (Oct. 21)

Quick Take: Uh oh. As if the Ducks weren’t a big enough mess, now they have to deal with two weeks off and all the speculation that’ll be swirling around the coaching staff. Justin Herbert wasn’t the problem in his first start – this was about the defense. The game got out of hand fast, and the team that’s supposed to be able to score at will couldn’t explode. Both sides of the line got ripped apart, and while the ground attack came up with 230 yards averaging over five yards per carry, it wasn’t nearly enough.

More College Football News
Home