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PAC-12 Football Power Rankings – Week Ending 10/17

Every week during the college football season, Pacific Northwest Sports puts out our Pac-12 power football rankings. After the sixth week of conference play, here’s how the teams stack up.

Last weekend, the Pac-12 had another week of great football, highlighted by a big upset. Pacific Northwest Sports continues our 2022 PAC-12 football power rankings, which run through the last bowl game.

The conference now has four teams in the Top 15, led by 9th-ranked USC. Here are our Power Rankings for the week ending October 17, with a Pacific Northwest twist.

12. Colorado Buffaloes (1-5 overall, 1-2 Pac-12)

Last Game: Colorado 20 – California 13

If it weren’t for bad luck, Colorado would have no luck at all. The Buffs finally get their first win of the year and can’t get out of the cellar because of what Stanford did on Saturday.

Midseason Leaders

  • Passing: Owen McCown – 57 of 100 for 600 yards with 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and 10 sacks.
  • Rushing: Deion Smith – 46 attempts, 243 yards, 1 touchdown.
  • Receiving: Daniel Arias – 18 receptions, 295 yards, 1 touchdown.
  • Defense: Trevor Woods – 49 tackles, Josh Chandler-Semedo – 3 sacks.

This Week: at Oregon State, 5 PM – Pac-12 Networks

Hopefully, Colorado enjoyed their one-game winning streak. Saturday, they face a pack of hungry Beavers in Corvallis.

11. Stanford Cardinal (3-4, 0-4)

Last Game: Stanford 27 – Notre Dame 13

Just when everyone thought it was time to write off Stanford, they traveled to South Bend and upset Notre Dame. It was the Cardinal defense that won the day. They held the Fighting Irish to 301 yards, only 1 touchdown, and forced a pair of turnovers.

Midseason Leaders

  • Passing: Tanner McKee – 124 of 192 for 1,537 yards with 10 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, and 15 sacks.
  • Rushing: Casey Filkins – 114 attempts, 430 yards, 4 touchdowns.
  • Receiving: Michael Wilson – 26 receptions, 418 yards, 4 touchdowns.
  • Defense: Levani Demuni – 38 tackles, Stephen Herron – 3.5 sacks.

This Week: vs. Arizona State, 1:00 PM – Pac-12 Networks

The Cardinal can make it two in a row with a very winnable game at home against Arizona State. The key, once again, is to keep McKee upright and give him a chance to complete passes.


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