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Pacific Takes Pac-12 Power Rankings 9/17: USC falls back down the rankings

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  1. Utah 3-0 (Last week: 1) - Utah’s dominant win at BYU in week one looks even more impressive now after the Cougars took down USC. They wrapped up a solid non-conference slate and look like the Pac-12’s best CFP candidate heading into conference play. Next game: at USC - The Utes get their biggest challenger in the South right out of the gate on a Friday night in a place where they simply never win.
  2. Oregon 2-1 (Last week: 2) - The Ducks still look very strong and balanced and their defense being even better than last year could be what pushes them to the Pac-12 championship in 2019.