Pac-12 power ratings: Stats and facts edition

*** Quick housekeeping item: I was unable to write the Week Five preview on Tuesday morning because of that itty-bitty piece of news from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York.

The news and subsequent reaction and Hotline content on the matter caused the football column to get pushed aside.

Hotline policy (established Tuesday morning):

When the FBI levels fraud charges against Pac-12 assistant coaches, drop everything.

Even without the thunderous FBI news, my week was crammed: I’m attending the College Football Playoff mock selection exercise in Dallas. (Any information relevant to the Pac-12 will be published on the Hotline).

I’ll make sure to include some of the Week Five preview material in the game day coverage package (Tailgate Tidbits and Need-To-Knows).

*** Also, for fans who missed the news Monday:

The kickoff times for the Cal-Washington and Washington State-Oregon games on Oct. 7 will be announced this weekend, as Fox has opted to use one of its two six-day selections.

The available slots for next Saturday are 5 p.m. on FOX and 7:45 p.m. on ESPN. The Cal-Oregon winner will almost certainly play at 5 p.m., because FOX has first choice.

To the stat-heavy power ratings …

1. Washington (4-0/1-0)
Last week: 2
Result: Won at Colorado 37-10
Next up: at Oregon State
Comment: Dante Pettis is responsible for 17 percent of all the punt-return touchdowns in major college football through four weeks. Remarkable.

2. USC (4-0/2-0)
Last week: 1
Result: Won at Cal 30-20
Next up: at Washington State (Friday)
Comment: Third-down conversion rate (51.8) is second in the Pac-12 behind Washington State (56.7), but disparity in schedules make USC’s efficiency far more impressive

3. Utah (4-0/1-0)
Last week: 6
Result: Won at Arizona 30-24
Next up: Bye, then vs. Stanford
Comment: Tied for second nationally in turnover margin against FBS opponents (13 gained, seven lost). No other Pac-12 team in in the top 10.

4. Washington State (4-0/1-0)
Last week: 3
Result: Beat Nevada 45-7
Next up: vs. USC (Friday night)
Comment: Luke Falk on third down: Seven touchdowns, one interception and a completion percentage of 69.2.

5. Cal (3-1/0-1)
Last week: 4
Result: Lost to USC 30-20
Next up: at Oregon
Comment: Dramatic year-over-year improvement in yards-per-play allowed against FBS competition, from No. 119 nationally to 36th (5.09 ypp).

6. Oregon (3-1/0-1)
Last week: 5
Result: Lost at Arizona State 37-35
Next up: vs. Cal
Comment: Fifth in the FBS in red-zone touchdown percentage (89.3), with 25 touchdowns in 28 trips. Percentage in 2014 with Marcus Mariota: 62.7.

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