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Tribune power rankings: Pac-12 football

Published September 4, 2012 4:25 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

1. USC (1-0, 0-0)

The Trojans did what they were supposed to at Hawaii, but it wasn't enough to hold on to the No. 1 spot in AP Top 25.

2. Oregon (1-0, 0-0)

First-year QB Marcus Mariota was nearly flawless in opening-day romp against Arkansas State.

3. Utah (1-0, 0-0)

Tough to learn much about the Utes against Northern Colorado, but everything appears to be functioning properly.

4. Washington (1-0, 0-0)

It may be an impossible task for the Huskies: Go into LSU and win. But it would do wonders for the Pac-12's national reputation.

5. UCLA (1-0, 0-0)

The Bruins may not last this high, but QB Brett Hundley gave fans reason to be optimistic.

6. Stanford (1-0, 0-0)

The Cardinal were lucky to earn a victory against San Jose State. Running back Stepfan Taylor was a bright spot.

7. Arizona (1-0, 0-0)

The Wildcats will get a better idea of where they stand this week against No. 18 Oklahoma State.

8. Arizona State (1-0, 0-0)

The numbers looked great last week. However, there is a but (ASU fans hate big buts): It came against the FCS' Northern Arizona, against which ASU should be scoring 63 points.

9. Cal (0-1, 0-0)

Serious questions about the Golden Bears' defense after allowing 450 yards of offense and 27 first downs to Nevada.

10. Oregon State (0-0, 0-0)

The Beavers are yet to play, but sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion has a year of experience under his belt and will have better protection than in 2011.

11. Washington State (0-1, 0-0)

Washington State was horrible at BYU, despite thoughts that Mike Leach could make for a quick turnaround. Quarterback Jeff Tuel was held to 229 passing yards and two interceptions.

12. Colorado (0-1, 0-0)

Nothing about the Buffs' loss to the Mountain West Conference's Colorado State gave much hope that Colorado will be better than last year's 3-10 campaign.