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Pac-12 Week 12 Power Rankings: Oregon Clinches North Division

Travis Dye #26 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates with teammates after running for a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Wildcats during their game at Autzen Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Oregon knocked off Arizona on Saturday and with the win, they have clinched the Pac-12 North Division.

Utah is currently the front runner to win the South Division. The Utes need to win against Arizona and have USC lose to UCLA on Saturday to take the South Division. If USC wins, Utah just needs to win their last two games against Arizona and Colorado.

Here’s the KSL Sports Pac-12 Power Rankings after the 12th week of the season:

NORTH

1. No. 6 Oregon Ducks (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12)

Result: Beat Arizona 34-6 at home.

Recap: Oregon jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Arizona answered with two field goals before halftime. The Ducks scored two more touchdowns in the second half to snatch their ninth straight win. Quarterback Justin Herbert threw for 333 yards, 4 touchdowns and one interception. All four of his touchdowns went to different receivers. Running back Travis Dye had 71 rushing yards on 14 carries and one receiving touchdown.

Previous Ranking: 1

Next up: at Arizona State (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12), Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on ABC.

2. Washington Huskies (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12)

Result: Bye Week

Recap: Washington had a bye this week. They will face the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday.

Previous Ranking: 2

Next up: at Colorado (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12), Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

3. Oregon State Beavers (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12)

Result: Beat Arizona State 35-34 at home.

Recap: This game was close throughout the entire contest. Each team exchanged two touchdowns in the first quarter to tie the game at 14. Oregon State took a 35-21 lead in the third quarter before Arizona State cut the lead before the end of the period. The Sun Devils scored a touchdown with 1:40 left in the game and attempted the two-point conversion to take a one-point lead but the Beavers posted a big stop. Oregon State has won three of their last four games. Quarterback Jake Luton threw for 288 yards and 4 touchdowns. Isaiah Hodgins caught six passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. Former Hunter high school tight end Noah Togiai added 8 receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown.

Previous Ranking: 3

Next up: at Washington State (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12), Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

4. Washington State Cougars (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12)

Result: Beat Stanford 49-22 at home.

Recap: The Cougars scored 19 straight points before Stanford climbed back into the game with two unanswered touchdowns. WSU made a field goal before halftime to stretch the lead back to 8. Washington State had a 32-22 lead entering the fourth quarter when the outscored Stanford 17-0 in the final period. The Cougars snapped a two game losing streak. Quarterback Anthony Gordon threw for 520 yards, 5 touchdowns and one interception. Running back Max Borghi racked up 111 yards and one rushing and one receiving touchdown on 15 carries. Wide receiver Brandon Arconado had 9 receptions for 148 yards and one touchdown. Easop Winston Jr. caught 11 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Previous Ranking: 6

Next up: vs. Oregon State (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12), Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

5. Stanford Cardinal (4-6, 3-5 Pac-12)

Result: Lost to Washington State 49-22 on the road.

Recap: The Cougars scored 19 straight points before Stanford climbed back into the game with two unanswered touchdowns. WSU made a field goal before halftime to stretch the lead back to 8. Washington State had a 32-22 lead entering the fourth quarter when the outscored Stanford 17-0 in the final period. The Cardinal have lost their last two games. Quarterback Davis Mills completed 33 of his 50 pass attempts for 504 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. They ran the ball 10 times for 6 yards. Connor Wedington hauled in 8 receptions for 119 yards, Michael Wilson added 5 catches for 114 yards and one touchdown, while former Brighton high school star Simi Fehoko caught three passes for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Previous Ranking: 4

Next up: vs. California (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12), Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

6. California Golden Bears (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12)

Result: Lost to USC 41-17 at home.

Recap: The game was close until midway through the second quarter. Cal scored first before USC dropped 10 unanswered. The Golden Bears added a field goal in the second quarter and then the Trojans scored 31 straight points. Cal has lost 5 of their last 6 games. Quarterback Chase Garbers returned as the starter for the first time in five games, but was injured again during the first drive. Backup Devon Modster threw for 95 yards and two interceptions. DeShawn Collins had 15 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

Previous Ranking: 5

Next up: at Stanford (4-6, 3-5 Pac-12), Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

SOUTH

1. No. 7 Utah Utes (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12)

Result: Beat UCLA 49-3 at home.

Recap: The Utes trailed 3-0 after UCLA made a field goal on their first drive. Utah went on to score 49 unanswered points to win their sixth straight game. Quarterback Tyler Huntley completed 14 of his 18 pass attempts for 335 yards and 3 total touchdowns (one rushing, two passing). Running back Zack Moss accounted for 200 total yards (127 rushing, 73 receiving) and two touchdowns on the ground. Safety Julian Blackmon racked up a game-high 12 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.

Previous Ranking: 1

Next up: at Arizona (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12), Saturday at 8 p.m. on FS1.

2. USC Trojans (7-4, 6-2 Pac-12)

Result: Beat California 41-17 on the road.

Recap: The game was close until midway through the second quarter. Cal scored first before USC dropped 10 unanswered. The Golden Bears added a field goal in the second quarter and then the Trojans scored 31 straight points. They have won their last two games. Quarterback Kedon Slovis threw for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. had 11 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown. Drake London added 6 catches for 111 yards and one touchdown.

Previous Ranking: 2

Next up: vs. UCLA (4-6, 4-3 Pac-12), Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ABC.

3. UCLA Bruins (4-6, 4-3 Pac-12)

Result: Lost to No. 7 Utah 49-3 on the road.

Recap: The Bruins had a brief 3-0 lead over the Utes after making a field goal on their first drive. Utah went on to score 49 unanswered points to snap UCLA’s three-game winning streak. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 219 yards, two interceptions and lost two fumbles. Running back Joshua Kelley had 78 rushing yards on 19 carries.

Previous Ranking: 3

Next up: at USC (7-4, 6-2 Pac-12), Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on ABC.

4. Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12)

Result: Lost to Oregon State 35-34 on the road.

Recap: This game was close throughout the entire contest. Each team exchanged two touchdowns in the first quarter to tie the game at 14. Oregon State took a 35-21 lead in the third quarter before Arizona State cut the lead before the end of the period. The Sun Devils scored a touchdown with 1:40 left in the game and attempted the two-point conversion to take a one-point lead but the Beavers posted a big stop. Arizona State has lost their last four games. Quarterback Jayden Daniels had 334 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk caught 10 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown.

Previous Ranking: 4

Next up: vs. No. 6 Oregon (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12), Saturday at 5:30 p.m. on ABC.

5. Arizona Wildcats (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12)

Result: Lost to No. 6 Oregon 34-6 on the road.

Recap: Oregon jumped out to a 21-0 lead before Arizona answered with two field goals before halftime. The Ducks scored two more touchdowns in the second half and held the Wildcats scoreless. Arizona has lost their last five games. The Wildcats used two quarterbacks and they combined for 132 passing yards. Running back J.J. Taylor had 74 rushing and 55 receiving yards in the loss.

Previous Ranking: 5

Next up: vs. No. 7 Utah (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12), Saturday at 8 p.m. on FS1.

6. Colorado Buffaloes (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12)

Result: Bye Week

Recap: Colorado had a bye this past week. They will face Washington on Saturday.

Previous Ranking: 6

Next up: vs. Washington (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12), Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

The full Pac-12 power rankings without divisions:

  1. Oregon
  2. Utah
  3. USC
  4. Washington
  5. Oregon State
  6. UCLA
  7. Arizona State
  8. Washington State
  9. Stanford
  10. Arizona
  11. California
  12. Colorado