2022 Week 7 SuperWest Football Power Rankings
Posted on October 12, 2022
SuperWest teams had mixed results in last week’s matchups.
BYU was all but eliminated from New Year’s Six contention with a loss to Notre Dame, while UCLA, USC, and Oregon remain in the Playoff hunt.
In the Mountain West, Boise State showed off its revamped offense while San Diego State escaped against Hawaii.
The results sent our writers and broadcasters back together to re-rank the 16 teams.
The list below is a composite of each voter’s picks, while the individual lists appear at the table near the bottom.
1. USC (6-0, 4-0) ◄►
The Trojans took care of business in the second half against Washington State.
Holding the Cougars scoreless in the final two quarters, USC secured its first 6-0 start since 2006.
Alex Grinch’s defense forced five sacks and produced nine stops on third down.
SC’s Playoff hopes are on the line this weekend with a matchup against No. 20 Utah in Salt Lake City.
2. UCLA (6-0, 3-0) ▲2
Dorian Thompson-Robinson and the Bruins are arguably the most complete team in the Pac-12.
For the second weekend in a row, Bill McGovern’s defense held a high-powered offense in check, while Chip Kelly’s system scored in the 40s for the fifth time this season.
DTR and Zach Charbonnet embarrassed the well-respected Utah defense with six combined touchdowns.
Entering a bye week, UCLA has forced its way into Playoff consideration.
3. Oregon (5-1, 3-0) ◄►
Kenny Dillingham’s offense was unstoppable against Arizona.
The strength of Oregon’s offensive line was on full display, producing 306 yards rushing and seven-straight touchdown drives.
The Ducks looked like a varsity team playing the JV squad, sending the sellout crowd in Tucson home by the middle of the third quarter.
But the Wildcat defense is one of the worst in the country and UO faces a much stiffer test against UCLA and Bill McGovern’s group next week.
4. Utah (4-2, 2-1) ▼2
Playing from behind for most of the game, Utah’s defense was embarrassed.
The 42 points allowed were tied for the highest surrendered by a Utes team in a Conference game since the 2016 season, matching the 42 given up to Oregon State last year.
Morgan Scalley’s group allowed more third-down conversions than stops and forced just two punts all game.
With the trajectory of the season on the line, the Utes face a must-win against No. 7 USC this weekend.
5. BYU (4-2) ◄►
Jaren Hall and the Cougars were shut down by Notre Dame.
Posting a season-low 13 first downs and the fewest yards passing in four years, BYU’s New Year’s Six hopes were extinguished.
Kalani Sitake’s team battled back in the second half, but could not get defensive stops on third down. The loss puts the Cougars’ bowl game destination in ESPN’s hands.
Yet, the matchup with Arkansas this Saturday could help improve the national perception of the program.
6. Washington State (4-2, 1-2) ▲1
Jake Dickert’s game plan to contain Caleb Williams had mixed results.
The USC quarterback posted his second-fewest yards passing and yards per attempt on the season, but Travis Dye took full advantage.
Hyper-focused on Williams, the Cougar defense gave up 5.3 yards per rush to Dye on 28 carries.
Left to regroup, Washington State travels to Corvallis in a test that could indicate the trajectory of the remainder of the year.
7. Washington (4-2, 1-2) ▼1
Once considered the strength of Washington Football, the Husky defense has become a liability.
It’s one thing to give up 40 points to a fifth-year senior like Dorian Thompson-Robinson. But it’s downright embarrassing to allow a backup quarterback playing the first meaningful snaps of his career to rack up 45.
Arizona State’s Trenton Bourguet looked like he was playing in a glorified practice, connecting on 15 of his 21 throws for three touchdowns.
The problems in the secondary could be magnified again this Saturday, with Arizona’s Jayden de Laura coming to Husky Stadium.
8. Oregon State (4-2, 1-2) ◄►
Ugly wins still count. At the end of the season, a “W” will appear next to the Stanford game regardless of how the tape looks.
The Beavers escaped a damaging loss with last-minute heroics, connecting on a 56-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left to secure the win.
The high from the victory should be cut down quickly, however, as the underlying cracks begin to show.
Needing Chance Nolan to return as soon as possible, OSU’s season appears to be at a turning point.
9. Boise State (4-2, 3-0) ▲2
The Taylen Green era is off to a successful start.
After exploding in the second half of the San Diego State game, Green and the Boise State offense lopped 40 on Fresno State with 316 yards rushing.
The shift to a run-heavy attack has electrified the Broncos’ offense, opening plenty of gaps for George Holani and Ashton Jeanty to exploit.
The run game efficiency is predicated on Green’s threat to keep, becoming a three-headed monster that embodies the modern College Football offense.
10. Cal (3-2, 1-1) ▼1
Like an echo in the distance, the California media’s drumbeat is slowly growing louder.
Becoming frustrated with treading water in the Pac-12, the questions about the program are becoming more focused on Justin Wilcox.
Taking care of the teams they were expected to beat, the Bears enter another game that’s projected to end in a win.
The margin of victory and the eye-test will be the primary storylines in Boulder, with any struggles only adding to the angst.
11. Arizona (3-3, 1-2) ▼1
Jedd Fisch may have made a mistake in hiring Johnny Nansen.
The first-year defensive coordinator was a downgrade from Don Brown, brought into the program as a recruiter to build the program for the future.
But the results on the field can’t be ignored. Unwilling to make adjustments to a scheme that doesn’t fit his personnel, Nansen leads the third-worst Power Five scoring defense.
Incapable of stopping the run, Arizona’s opponents have a clear game plan for the remainder of the year.
12. Arizona State (2-4, 1-2) ◄►
Shaun Aguano has masterminded a resurgence in Tempe.
In a de facto tryout for the head coaching position, Aguano has rallied local high school support and focused recruiting on the State of Arizona.
By chance, or perhaps a divine destiny, a local backup quarterback entered the game and led the Sun Devils to a victory over a Top 25 program.
Hailing from Tucson, Trenton Bourguet made the Washington defense look like the 3s and 4s of a fall camp practice.
Facing Stanford, Colorado, Oregon State, and Arizona over the remainder of the season, a bowl game suddenly appears to be an achievable goal.
13. San Diego State (3-3, 1-1) ◄►
Forced to convert a safety to quarterback, the Aztecs barely squeaked by lowly Hawaii. Credit Jalen Mayden for stepping in for the injured Braxton Burmeister.
The junior played quarterback in high school and produced just the third 300-yard passing game for SDSU over the past nine seasons.
But the Warriors are one of the worst teams in the country and San Diego State needed a field goal with 10 seconds remaining to secure the win.
If that doesn’t indicate the state of the program, nothing will.
14. Fresno State (1-4, 0-1) ▲1
Until Jake Haener returns, Fresno State will continue to be a shell of itself.
Logan Fife is young and gaining invaluable experience this year, but he’s clearly not ready to be a starter.
Hampered by a non-existent rushing game and a plethora of injuries, the Bulldogs are ugly to watch.
After posting just 233 total yards against Boise State, Jeff Tedford’s team could be in for a long day against San Jose State on Saturday.
15. Stanford (1-4, 0-4) ▼1
At any other program, David Shaw would be let go by the end of the year.
But Shaw’s historic achievements at Stanford provide him additional leeway to overcome an 11-game losing streak to FBS opponents.
Still, the state of the program can’t be denied and the future is murky with the expected departure of Tanner McKee after this season.
And with a daunting schedule ahead of it, it’s fair to wonder if Stanford will win another game this year.
16. Colorado (0-5, 0-2) ◄►
With much of the pressure removed after the termination of Karl Dorrell, the Colorado roster might play like a new team.
There’s no longer anything to lose and a sense of fun should be returning to the players.
Nobody is expecting CU to beat California, arguably making the matchup a trap game for the Bears.
If Owen McCown continues his development and the Buffaloes’ defense contains Jaydn Ott, anything can happen at Folsom Field.
How our Senior Football Writers and Broadcasters Voted
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