The Huskies are back on top of the Pac-12 after a big win over UCLA, while the Cougars took a nose dive after getting blown out by the Arizona Wildcats. Here's a look at this week's power rankings.
In this space we normally chronicle weekly Pac-12 rankings, but before the calendar flips to November let’s take a monthly review at the conference.
In short, September belonged to Stanford running back Bryce Love and Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate took over in October.
Following a 180-yard performance in the season opener, Love began September with 160 yards on 17 carries against USC, which inexplicably was his worst outing of the month.
Over the next three weeks he tallied 184 yards on 13 carries at San Diego State; 263 yards on 25 carries against UCLA and a school-record 301 yards on 30 attempts against Arizona State.
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Love finished with 908 yards and seven touchdowns in September.
And then Tate took over and he compiled 1,583 all-purpose yards (743 passing and 840 rushing) and 14 TDs in October.
He’s the first person to win four consecutive Pac-12 player of the week awards while seemingly single-handedly lifting Arizona into conference-title consideration.
In addition, Washington’s defense has been consistently brilliant against over-matched opponents.
The Pac-12 North and South division races will be decided in November, which may also produce another awe-inspiring performer.
Now let’s recap last week’s action, reshuffle the power rankings and take an early peak at Saturday’s games.
HEISMAN TROPHY FRONT-RUNNERS
1. Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett: Yes, it’s a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to elevate him to the top of list after engineering a 39-38 season-altering victory over then-No. 2 Penn State. But this race can change in a weekend.
2. Notre Dame RB Josh Adams: Despite playing for the No. 5 Fighting Irish, he’s been overshadowed by other RBs. Still, he’s fifth nationally with 1,169 yards (8.9 yards per carry) and has 9 TDs touchdowns, including 6 TDs from at least 60 yards and 3 TDs runs over 70 yards.
3. Arizona QB Khalil Tate: Certainly a late-bloomer who didn’t the first five games. But he’s averaging 396 all-purpose yards and 3.5 TDs in past four games. If you don’t have Tate among your top Heisman Trophy contenders, then you’re probably doing it wrong.
In the hunt: Penn State RB Saquon Barkley, Stanford RB Bryce Love, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PROJECTION
2. Ohio State
4. Notre Dame
On the bubble: Wisconsin, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Washington.