The Huskies continue to claim the top spot in this week's Pac-12 Power Rankings, but the Cougars are creeping back. Take a look at the latest rankings here.

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What a week for Pac-12 football.

On the first weekend in November, temperatures dropped to stage wintry conditions while records fell in Seattle and Pullman.

Washington and Washington State moved to the top of the Pac-12 North once again and the Apple Cup, which lost is luster a few weeks ago following upset losses by both teams, looks as enticing as ever.

USC needed a late flurry to take a one-game lead in the Pac-12 South. Barring an upset in either of its final two games, the Trojans will win their third division title since 2011.

Stanford and Arizona have fallen off pace of the Pac-12 leaders, but there’s still plenty of intrigue in the final three weeks of the regular season.

Five teams (Oregon, California, Colorado, Arizona State and Utah) need a win to become bowl eligible and UCLA must win two of its last three games to avoid missing the postseason for a second straight year.

Meanwhile, Oregon State (1-8), is tied with North Carolina, Baylor and Kansas for the fewest wins among Power 5 teams.

Here’s a look at this week’s updated Pac-12 Power Rankings.


1. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield: Vaulted back to the front of the pack after setting a school record with 598 passing yards while throwing five TD passes in a 62–52 win over rival Oklahoma State. In two road wins against top-15 opponents, he’s thrown for 984 yards, 8 TDs and 2 INTs.

2. Arizona QB Khalil Tate: The Wildcats lost on the road, but he led a late comeback in which Arizona erased a 22-point deficit. Tate (1,087 rushing yards) is on pace to finish with 1,888 yards. The FBS single-season record for a QB is 1,920 set by Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch in 2013.

3. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson: Remember this guy? He’s only the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. And he’s having a better season this year (6 300-yard passing games and 6 100-yard rushing games) than he did in 2016. But the Cardinals are 5-4 and of the 82 Heisman Trophy winners, just three have done so on a team with four or more losses in the regular season.

In the hunt: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, Notre Dame RB Josh Adams, Stanford RB Bryce Love, Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.


1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Washington
4. Georgia

On the bubble: Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Miami and TCU.