AP Top 25: Stanford and Washington stand pat, Oregon up to No. 22
For the second straight week, there are three Pac-12 teams in the Associated Press Top 25 poll – Stanford is No. 7, Washington is No. 8 and Oregon is No. 22. The SEC leads the way with eight ranked teams, while the Big Ten has five, the ACC has four and the Big 12 has three.
Bye week for the Card, and the team’s record stayed put like its ranking. The seventh-ranked Cardinal now faces its first conference test of the season in primetime Saturday against a USC team coming off a confidence-building 45-7 pasting of Utah State. These Stanford-USC games are always fun, and home field seems to matter not at all.
Another week, another impressive showing by Jake Browning and this Huskies offense. The Washington QB threw for five touchdowns and completed more than 80 percent of his passes, the offense put up 35 points in the first half, and Washington danced its way to a 59-14 curb-stomping of a transitioning-to-FCS Idaho squad that is playing its second-to-last season in the Sun Belt. There was no poll reward for beating a Group of Five school, however, so Washington stays at No. 8. Despite this, the Dawgs made a little more program history, as this is the first time since the 2000 season that the Dawgs have been ranked in the top 10 for two straight polls. Yet to be tested in 2016, Chris Petersen’s bunch figures to have one more cakewalk on their schedule against the Big Sky’s Portland State (but that conference has been a bear for the Pac-12 at times) before Pac-12 play begins.
The expectations are lower this year in Eugene, but the offense looks just as potent as always. Dakota Prukop surpassed the 300-yard mark in the air and threw three touchdown passes, Royce Freeman surpassed the 200-yard mark on the ground on nearly 10 yards per carry and two trips to the end zone, and Devon Allen found paydirt and cleared some imaginary hurdles to celebrate the occasion. The end result was a 44-26 win over Virginia, good enough to bump the Ducks up two spots to No. 22. The Ducks’ final non-conference game should be a very good test – at Nebraska and former coaching foe Mike Riley. You know what? I wanna watch Allen’s touchdown and celebration one more time.
— Oregon Football (@WinTheDay) September 11, 2016
Four more Pac-12 teams received votes – Utah is the first team left out of the poll alongside TCU with 62 voting points after edging out BYU, while UCLA received 47 after besting UNLV. Additionally, Colorado is up to two voting points after another impressive win, while Arizona State nabbed one vote for a 68-55 win over Texas Tech (I promise it wasn’t a basketball game).
Here’s the AP Top 25 in full:
- Florida State
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
- Texas A&M
- Notre Dame
- Ole Miss