California and Arizona State moved into the AP Top 25 college football poll this week to give the Pac-12 six ranked teams, the most for the conference in almost four years.
Cal entered the rankings at No. 23 after a 23-17 win over North Texas. Arizona State joined the poll at No. 24 after a 10-7 victory at Michigan State. The Golden Bears and Sun Devils join Utah, Oregon, Washington State and Washington as Pac-12 teams among the Top 25.
The last time the Pac-12 had six ranked teams was Nov. 8, 2015.
The Pac-12 took a fair amount of grief the first week of the season after it suffered a few upsets to Mountain West teams and Oregon let a potentially big victory slip away against Auburn. Now the conference has had a resurgence.
The Pac-12 this week went 8-4 in nonconference play, including Arizona State’s victory at Michigan State and Arizona beating Texas Tech, though Colorado’s loss to Air Force put the Pac-12 at 4-4 against the Mountain West this season.
See Top 25 polls in Scoreboard on B2.
— The Associated Press