After jumping into the top 10 last week with its 55-31 win over Notre Dame, Arizona State found itself on the outside looking in this week. The Sun Devils fell to No. 13 in the AP Poll following their bad loss late last night at Oregon State. They are now ranked No. 14 in the Amway Coaches Poll.
After falling behind 14-3 on a pair big touchdown runs for Oregon State, the visiting Sun Devils settled in and rolled off the game's next 21 points. However, the explosive offense came to a sudden halt in the second half, and the Beavers were able to creep back into the game. A 67-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Villamin put Mike Riley's team ahead by one with just under 11 minutes remaining, and a pick-six with 1:40 to play all but ended things. The Beavers won it 35-27, sending the small Reser Stadium crowd into a field-storming frenzy.
Down in Tucson, it looked as if Arizona was also primed for an upset. Washington could have taken a few knees and ran out the clock, but a fumble gave the Wildcats the ball back with 1:23 left. Casey Skowron's attempt for the win went wide right, but Husky head coach Chris Petersen had called timeout just prior to the snap. His second try was true, and the Wildcats escaped with a 27-26 win. They moved up to No. 15 with the win.
Utah finds itself back in the top 20 with a huge road win on The Farm against Stanford. Ute quarterback Travis Wilson threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for one more in their 20-17, double overtime upset.
USC also jumped five spots in this week's poll and now sits at No. 24. The Trojans played on Thursday night in front of a national ESPN audience and impressed for three quarters. California came back to make things close in the fourth but was unable to get a crucial onside kick. The final was 38-30.
The two highest-ranked teams in the Pac-12, Oregon and UCLA, both had byes this week. The Ducks held steady at No. 3 while the Bruins rose three spots to No. 11.
The Sun Devils return home to face the Washington State Cougars on Saturday at 11:00 AM MT on the Pac-12 Networks. Arizona State is currently ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings, which will be released again on Tuesday.