Where did the Huskies and Cougars finish in our Pac-12 Rankings? Here's a look.
This week’s final Pac-12 Power Rankings looks similar to the initial rankings 12 weeks ago.
The top 3 teams (USC, Stanford and Washington) remain the same, although the Huskies were No. 1 in Week 1 followed by the Trojans and Cardinal.
Arizona State began the season at No. 11 in our rankings and climbed to No. 6 this week – the biggest jump in the Pac-12. However, the Sun Devils administration was expecting more improvement and released coach Todd Graham.
We didn’t know what to make of Oregon and first-year coach Willie Taggart in September and had the Ducks at No. 8 in the rankings. Three months later, Taggart has proven to have a steady hand when he has a healthy quarterback.
UCLA turned out to be the biggest bust, falling from No. 4 in Week 1 and landing at No. 9 in a disappointing that cost coach Jim Mora lost his job.
And Oregon State resided in last place all season.
Here’s one last look at the Pac-12 Power Rankings.
HEISMAN TROPHY FRONT-RUNNERS
1. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield: The front-runner since early November needs to win Saturday’s Big 12 title game against No. 12 TCU and he’ll clinch the Heisman Trophy. Earlier this season, Mayfield threw for 333 yards and 3 TDs against TCU.
2. Stanford RB Bryce Love: Could move a lot of votes in his direction with a big game and a win over No. 11 USC in Friday’s Pac-12 title game. He needs 152 yards to top the 2,000 plateau. Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, was the last Power 5 Conference player with at least 2,000 rushing yards.
3. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: The reigning Heisman Trophy winner had a better season this year than in 2016 when he won the award. In 12 games he’s averaging 411 total yards compared to 393 in 13 games last year. But the Cardinals are 8-4 and only three players have won the Heisman on teams with four or more regular-season losses – none since 1969.
In the hunt: Penn State Saquon Barkley, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor and San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny.