The Pac-12 has been no stranger to the AP Top 25 this season as it entered the week with eight teams ranked. As such, it became just the second conference to ever achieve that mark (SEC, 23 times). All eight of those teams will likely remain in the new poll when it’s released Sunday, but none looked as impressive as No. 8 Washington in Week 3.
While we saw mostly underwhelming performances from the top 10 teams, the Huskies stood out in a 41-7 road victory over Michigan State. Michael Penix Jr. threw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as Washington took a 35-0 lead into the locker room. The only other college QBs to pull off that feat since 2015 are Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, LSU’s Joe Burrow (twice) and some guy named Patrick Mahomes, who played for Texas Tech and did it three times.
Penix has now led the Huskies to a 3-0 start, and they’ve won each game by at least 33 points.
Compare that to teams like Georgia, which couldn’t bury South Carolina, or a Florida State team that flirted with defeat against a Boston College team that lost to Northern Illinois this season. Alabama responded to its 10-point loss to Texas by struggling to beat South Florida.
There’s a solid argument to be made that the Huskies should climb this week, but there’s one thing working against them: ranked teams went 22-2. The only two teams to lose (Tennessee, Kansas State) were already behind the Huskies. Lackluster or not, it’s hard to see voters punishing teams much for winning.
As a result, it’s hard to imagine we’ll see significant changes in this week’s poll. Here’s our best guess as to what we’ll see when the new AP Top 25 is released on Sunday.
1. Georgia (Last week — 1):…
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Author : Tom Fornelli
Publish date : 2023-09-17 03:52:54
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