With two undefeated teams in the top 10, Washington has become the epicenter of the college football world. No shock, both the Huskies and Cougars are atop this week's Pac-12 Power Rankings.
At the midpoint of the college football regular season, Washington and Washington State – and not exactly in that order – are the best teams in the Pac-12.
Think about that for a second.
Not sure that’s ever happened before. And it’s not likely to change in the next few weeks.
Of course, Stanford and Utah are looming. And those November games against UW and WSU will likely decide who wins the Pac-12 North division and could have College Football Playoff implications.
But that’s a conversation for another day.
For now, the Huskies and Cougars are No. 1 and No. 2 in the Pac-12 Power Rankings for a second straight week.
HEISMAN TROPHY FRONT-RUNNERS
1. Stanford RB Bryce Love: Against Utah the Pac-12’s best run defense, the nation’s FBS rushing leader finished with 152 yards and a 68-TD run. He has nearly twice as many rushing yards (1,240 to 649) as Penn State’s Saquon Barkley.
2. Penn State RB Saquon Barkley: Held to fewer than 100 rushing yards in four of six games, but he’s second in the nation in all-purpose yards at 217 per game.
3. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield: Solid outing – 24 of 33 passing for 306 yards and two TDs – in a 38-31 loss to Iowa State. But his candidacy is built on a mystique as a winner who would guide the Sooners to a New Year’s Six bowl game.
In the hunt: Washington State QB Luke Falk, Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor and Alabama DB Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Diminishing stock: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, UCLA QB Josh Rosen and USC QB Sam Darnold.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PROJECTION
3. Ohio State
On the bubble: Penn State, Georgia, Wisconsin and WSU.