It was a wild week in the Pac-12. A team many had given up for dead, Washington State, forced Oregon to nearly their breaking point in Pullman. Washington again struggled at home with an inferior foe. UCLA and Arizona are still recovering from the loss of their quarterbacks, and Cal took Arizona down to the absolute wire before falling on a Hail Mary pass with no time left. Utah continued it's non-conference domination (the Utes are 11-1 outside the Pac-12 since joining the conference) by laying a beating on the Michigan Wolverines in their own house, but, continuing with the strange week theme, the Utes had to do it in a storm that caused a two and half hour lightning delay and left standing water on the field. As you can imagine, the shakeups and developments caused some shift in the conference ranking.
Here are our individual ballots for this week:
Utah is getting a lot more love from the rest of our Block U staff after the win over Michigan in Ann Arbor. Shoot, even Jon Wilner has the Utes at #3 in his power poll. Wilner is about as tough of a critic as you can get (outside of our own Adia, apparently), and has been tough on the Utes in years past. Stanford, UCLA, and USC are floating around almost everyone's top three, while Daniel still has Arizona no. 2 in his poll, even with Cal giving them almost more than they could handle at home. Washington is also all over the map, with Alex giving them more love than the rest of us at six, where Daniel has the Huskies all the way down at no. 10.
Here is the Block U Overall Power Poll for week four:
Utah is definitely the big winner this week, by jumping up to no. 4. Arizona dropped this week, especially since their defense got torched versus Cal. It's just a miracle the Wildcats won that game. It's also interesting seeing the bottom three to four teams in our poll remaining steady with Oregon State, Cal, Wazzu and Colorado. OSU can make a big jump if they beat USC this weekend, and Cal is knocking on the door to bust out of those bottom four. Sonny Dykes is putting it together in Berkley, and they are fun to watch.
What are your thoughts on our week three rankings? Are we close? Which team(s) do we have over/underrated?
Let us know in the comments!