Arizona State held steady in week five of the AP Poll at No. 15 when it was released Sunday morning. The Sun Devils did jump one spot to No. 12 in the Amway Coaches Poll thanks to free-falling LSU.
The maroon and gold had a fairly good bye week, all things considered. Yes, we did learn that quarterback Taylor Kelly will likely miss the next two games with a foot injury, but with the team staying in the top 15 in both major polls, it is clear that most voters did not use the injury as an excuse to drop the team in their rankings. Last time it took the field, Arizona State jumped out to a big lead at Colorado and held on for a 38-24 win. Defensive back Jordan Simone had 13 tackles and D.J. Foster ran for 148 yards and a touchdown. The Sun Devils have spent the last week preparing for what might be their biggest test of the season, a visit from UCLA next Thursday.
The Bruins rose to No. 11 in this week's AP Poll. Also on a bye week to prepare for their Thursday night game, the last time they took the field was in week three against Texas. Quarterback Brett Hundley went down with an elbow injury early in the game and backup Jerry Neuheisel ended up leading the Bruins to a 20-17 victory with a late touchdown pass. Hundley is expected to be ready to return for the game in Tempe. UCLA is the second highest ranked Pac-12 team.
You don't have to look long to find the top ranked team out west. Oregon held steady at No. 2 after surviving its trip to the Palouse for a 38-31 win. And yes, survive is the right term. The Ducks offensive line allowed seven sacks of quarterback Marcus Mariota against a team that has already lost to Rutgers and Nevada this season.
Elsewhere throughout the Pac-12, Stanford held steady at No. 16. USC dropped to No. 18 this week, but I am still confused as to how the Trojans are ranked behind the Cardinal after beating them on the road.
Based on teams receiving votes, Utah comes in at No. 31, Washington is one spot behind them, Arizona is ranked No. 37, and Oregon State is in a tie at No. 39.
|1||Florida State||Florida State||Alabama|
|7||Baylor||Texas A&M||Florida State|
|8||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Baylor|
|9||Michigan State||Michigan State||Michigan State|
|12||Georgia||Arizona State||Notre Dame|
|15||Arizona State||South Carolina||Ole Miss|
|20||BYU||Ohio State||Oklahoma State|
|23||East Carolina||Duke||Mississippi State|
|24||Oklahoma State||East Carolina||Arizona State|
|25||Kansas State||Kansas State||BYU|