Pac-12 Football Power Rankings: UW in 4th, WSU Checks In At 10th

The Washington Huskies had a tough time in their season opener against San Diego State, but emerged victorious as they head to the meat of their 2012 schedule. The Washington State Cougars struggled on Thursday, with a 30-6 loss to BYU in their first game of the Mike Leach era.

CBSSports.com has ranked the football teams in the Pac-12. Here is what they had to say about UW:

4. Washington (1-0): The win over San Diego State was nice, but now Washington has real things to worry about: like a trip to Death Valley to take on No. 3 LSU. If the Huskies -- who are early 22-point underdogs -- want to pull off the upset in Baton Rouge, they're going to need more than the 106 yards they got from their running game against San Diego State

And WSU:

Washington State (0-1): Besides the fact that there were a lot Cougars on the field Thursday, it's tough to take anything away from WSU's loss to BYU. BYU could end up being a top-20 team this season and if that's the case, then the 30-6 loss doesn't look so bad for Washington State. The one thing to keep an eye will be QBJeff Tuel. Tuel looked lost at times running Leach's Air Raid offense. If Tuel can't keep the pirate happy, he may have to walk the plank AKA get benched in favor of Connor Halliday.

The teams will look to improve their standing in the Pac-12, with both in action this Saturday. The Huskies face a difficult test as they head to Baton Rouge, La. to take on the LSU Tigers. The Cougs will open their home schedule by inviting Eastern Washington to Pullman.

For more on the Huskies, head to UW Dawg Pound. For all things Washington State, make a visit to CougCenter.

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