Utah continues surge, UCLA tumbles in latest AP poll


After another Saturday of conference play, the same five Pac-12 teams remained ranked in the AP poll -- but there's been a significant shuffle in how they're ordered.

Without even playing, Utah has surged forward five spots to No. 5 to become the Pac-12's top-ranked team. The Utes replace UCLA there. The Bruins' 38-23 home loss to Arizona State proved particularly damaging -- they dropped from No. 7 to No. 20.

No. 16 Stanford is the Pac-12's second-ranked team. The Cardinal handled Arizona 55-17 and jumped two spots to leapfrog No. 17 USC, which was idle this week. That shift computes since both teams have one loss, and the Cardinal beat the Trojans 41-31 in their head-to-head matchup earlier this season.

A week after cracking the rankings for the first time since 2010, No. 23 California moved up one more spot. As expected, Cal's 34-28 home victory over Washington State didn't grab much national attention, but next week's game at Utah marks a major opportunity for the Golden Bears. ESPN's College Gameday will be on hand in Salt Lake City for a game that will surely impact next week's rankings, regardless of outcome.

Oregon could not thrust itself back into the Top 25 with its 41-24 victory over Colorado. The Ducks were the first team out, receiving 39 votes in the poll. Fifteen votes went in Arizona State's direction.

We predicted that last week's rankings whirlwind would only be the beginning, and that prognosis has proved accurate only seven days later. Many more shuffles are on their way, so stay tuned.