Posted on November 2, 2021
The outcome carries subtle peripheral side-effects for the Pac-12, boosting Oregon’s Week Two win over the Bulldogs while taking a little away from Utah’s loss to the Aztecs.
The destiny of a few Conference teams has become tied to some nonconference West Coast teams, especially BYU and including a few from the Mountain West Conference.
The influence of those ties continues to play out.
So how do West Coast college football teams stack up this week? Below, I’ve listed my Top 10 in reverse order.
It all could change again this weekend, and I’ll update these rankings then.
10. UCLA (5-4)
The Bruins were dominated by Utah 44-24, giving up far more yards on the ground than their per-game season average. After a much-needed bye this week, UCLA will take on Colorado at home on November 13th. Chip Kelly’s career in Westwood may depend on the outcome.
9. Oregon State (5-3)
Oregon State struggled through a disappointing 39-25 loss to Cal in Berkeley, squandering what looked like back-to-back opportunities to defeat lesser foes in Cal and Colorado. The Beavers can stay in the North Division hunt by winning in Boulder this week.
8. Arizona State (5-3)
Arizona State continued its up-and-down season with a shocking 34-21 loss at home to Washington State. The Sun Devils desperately need to regroup next weekend when they host USC, a team with defensive troubles of its own.
7. Washington State (5-4)
Washington State has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, and continue to play well, despite firing Nick Rolovich. The Cougars made a statement beating Arizona State 34-21 last Saturday, and will have a chance to shake up the North Division race against Oregon in two weeks.
6. Utah (5-3)
Utah played one of its best games of the season last week against UCLA, beating the Bruins 44-24 at home on the night the Utes honored Ty Jordan and Aaron Lowe. The Utes play Stanford this Friday night, hoping to avoid another upset on the road.
5. Nevada (6-2)
Nevada dominated 0-8 UNLV as expected last Friday night, winning 51-20. Up next, Nevada will host a 5-4 San Jose State team, which has won two straight. The Spartans should provide a better test.
4. San Diego State (7-1)
San Diego State suffered its first loss of the season, losing to Fresno State at home 30-20. The Aztecs will look to rebound next week against Hawai’i in the always daunting trip to Honolulu.
3. Fresno State (7-2)
Fresno State beat San Diego State 30-20 in a big game for both teams. The win catapulted the Bulldogs back into the AP Poll at No. 25. They’ll play a middling Boise State team on Saturday.
2. BYU (7-2)
No. 17 BYU put on an offensive show last Saturday night, scoring 66 points in a wild shootout win over Virginia. The Cougars look to extend their two-game win streak against Idaho State.
1. Oregon (7-1)
Oregon made easy work of Colorado in a 52-29 win, putting up 568 yards of total offense. The Ducks renew their bitter rivalry with Washington next week in Seattle.
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