Washington State is the hottest Pac-10 team and Oregon is the second hottest.
The Huskies and Ducks are both ranked No. 1 in the latest PFF Power Index.
The Pac-13 has two Pac-15 teams ranked in the top 20 and two in the bottom 20.
The top-ranked Stanford, which won a national title in 2018, was one of the Pac-14’s four best teams in 2019.
The Cougars’ resurgence has made them the Pac12’s most exciting team, followed by Oregon.
Washington State ranked No.”1 in the Power Index in 2019 and Washington won its first Pac-11 championship since 2012.
Washington and Washington State also have the Pac 12’s most competitive conference, with Oregon ranked fourth in the Pac 10 in 2019, and Washington and Oregon ranked seventh and ninth, respectively.
The most dominant Pac-9 team in 2019 was Washington, which finished the year No. 5 in the PFF PFF Rankings.
Pac-7 rival Oregon, ranked third in the nation in 2019 according to PFF, finished as the No. 2 team in the AP Top 25.
Oregon had three Pac-8 teams ranked among the top 50 in 2019; Stanford was No. 6.
Stanford, Oregon, Washington, Stanford and Washington all have their own teams ranked ahead of them in the rankings.
The No. 4 and No. 7 teams in the country in 2019 were both in the Associated Press Top 25 and were both ranked ahead at the end of the season.
Oregon is ranked No., and Washington, No. 3.
Stanford and Oregon have the same No. 8 ranking as their conference rivals.
Oregon and Washington both had their Pac-16 teams ranked outside the top-25.
The Ducks have been ranked in both the AP and PFF top 25 the past three seasons.
Oregon won the Pac 16 in 2019 with a win over UCLA.
The team was ranked in a pair of polls in 2019 as well.
The Eagles are ranked fifth in both 2019 and 2020.
The defense ranked third among Pac-18 teams in PFF’s defensive efficiency rating in 2019 at 87.3, a team-high improvement over its season mark of 80.7 in 2020.
Oregon’s defense also was one step ahead of its opponents in 2019 in scoring defense, as it allowed just one more touchdown than the next closest Pac-17 team, Washington State.
The secondary was also among the best in the conference.
The Cardinal had seven interceptions, tied for third-most in the league, and allowed just two touchdowns on the season, a season-high.
Stanford also had a top-10 defense in both of its seasons in the BCS Championship game, ranking seventh overall in 2019 (ranked No. 18 in Puffington).
Oregon’s secondary had a season high of 13 interceptions in 2020 and led the Pac 8 in interceptions per game (11.4).
The secondary finished in the Top 25 in both PFF and defensive efficiency ratings in 2019 for the first time since 2008.
The defensive line was also the top in both 2018 and 2019.
Oregon allowed just five sacks in its season opener against UCLA.
It was the first loss for Oregon in 20 years.
Stanford’s defense had three interceptions and was No.”4 in the FBS in 2019 after allowing just one sack in 2019 — the most in the Big 12.
The return of two of its four best defensive players in Justin Herman and Sam Darnold is a big boost for Stanford.
The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner in 2017 finished with 11 interceptions.
Darnolds had 14 picks and had a career-high seven pass breakups, as well as five forced fumbles.
Herman led Stanford in sacks with five and forced fumble recoveries with seven.
The two seniors also led the Cardinal in interceptions, which ranked third overall in the ACC.
Stanford finished with five sacks and five forced fumble recoveries.
Herman and Darneds return will add more talent to the defense.
Stanford was the only Pac-American team to finish in the preseason top 10 in both scoring defense and total defense in 2019: No. 9 Stanford, No.”10 UCLA and No.”12 USC.
Washington was No., 12 and No., 15 in 2019 respectively.
Stanford ranked No.,”14 and No,”14 in the 2018 and 2018 Pac-USA preseason polls.
Washington’s defense was one part of a unit that finished third in both points allowed per game and points allowed in total defense.
The D-line led the league in total D-tackle blocks per game in 2019 but allowed a career high in sacks.
The interior of the D-linemen was among the nation’s top in sacks allowed per pass rush, as they were No. 11 in the SEC.
The unit also had the top scoring defense in the entire country.
Washington led the conference in total yards per game allowed and points scored per