It’s time for the annual overreaction edition of the Week One power ratings …
1. Utah (1-0)
Result: Won at Brigham Young 30-12
Next up: vs. Northern Illinois
Comment: In mid-season form in August, USC’s without its quarterback and nobody else within the division has the horses. Next stop: Levi’s Stadium on the first Friday of December. And from there, on to the Granddaddy.
2. Washington (1-0)
Result: Beat Eastern Washington 47-14
Next up: vs. Cal
Comment: An entire section of the playbook, collecting dust for years, has been turned loose. With Oregon’s unsteady hand and Stanford’s injuries, the Huskies are the team to beat in the North. Also: Welcome back, Chico. Welcome back, to that same old place that you laughed about …
3. Washington State (1-0)
Result: Beat New Mexico State 58-7
Next up: vs. Northern Colorado
Comment: Gardner Minsh-who?
4. Stanford (1-0)
Result: Beat Northwestern 17-7
Next up: at USC
Comment: The Cardinal has won a load of games over the years — several of them against USC, by the way — with stout defense and unspectacular but opportunistic offense. Could 2019 echo the ’12 and ’13 seasons?
5. Oregon (0-1)
Result: Lost to Auburn 27-21
Next up: vs. Nevada
Comment: Once the receivers get healthy, the offense should shift to a higher gear. But count on the Ducks finding new and bamboozling ways to lose to the top teams in the North. First one comes Sept. 21 at Stanford.
6. USC (1-0)
Result: Beat Fresno State 31-23
Next up: vs. Stanford
Comment: JT Daniels is done, and so are the Trojans — unless, that is, the K-Raid (freshman Kedon Slovis) and a stellar group of receivers can salvage the season. That will require the head coach to stay out of the way.
7. Arizona State (1-0)
Result: Beat Kent State 30-7
Next up: vs. Sacramento State (Friday)
Comment: Jayden Daniels could end up being the best quarterback to come out of Southern California since Sam Darnold.
8. Colorado (1-0)
Result: Beat Colorado State 52-31
Next up: vs. Nebraska
Comment: Laviska Shenault’s healthy … the offensive line is better than expected … the division is a mess. Why in the name of Air Montez can’t the Buffs make a run at second place?
9. Cal (1-0)
Result: Beat UC Davis 27-13
Next up: at Washington
Comment: Arrington, Lynch, Forsett, Best, Vereen … Brown. Forget the first 45 minutes against UC Davis; that was rust. The real Bears showed up in the fourth quarter and are headed to Seattle to smother the Huskies again.
10. UCLA (0-1)
Result: Lost at Cincinnati 24-14
Next up: vs. San Diego State
Comment: Maybe Chip really has lost it.
11. Oregon State (0-1)
Result: Lost to Oklahoma State 52-36
Next up: at Hawaii
Comment: So many losses in store … so many yards and points allowed, so many missed tackles and blown assignments … but at least the Beavers won’t be boring.
12. Arizona (0-1)
Result: Lost at Hawaii 45-38 (Aug. 24)
Next up: vs. Northern Arizona
Comment: Nine days since the debacle in Honolulu, and it has only gotten worse with time. On the bright side: No more of those unbeatable Group of Five opponents on the 2019 schedule.