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Thu., Sept. 27, 2012, 8 a.m.

Pac-12 power rankings, week 5

1. Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12; last week: 1) -- So the Ducks shut Arizona out and win by 49 points, and their offense wasn't even clicking? Huh.

2. Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12; last week: 2) -- Coming off a bye, Cardinal eyes another big win over Huskies.

3. Oregon State (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12; last week: 6) -- If the Beavers can pull off another big road win -- this time at Arizona -- they might make things interesting in the Pac-12 North this year. They might regardless.

4. Southern California (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12; last week: 5) -- Nice time for a bye for the Trojans, as they've struggled a bit the last couple weeks.

5. UCLA (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12; last week: 3) -- Bruins can heal their wounds with a game against Colorado this week.

6. Arizona State (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12; last week: 9) -- Not sure anyone saw that coming. ASU might have one of the best young quarterbacks in the conference.

7. Arizona (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12; last week: 4) -- The Wildcats had chances to score against Oregon but did just about everything wrong in the red zone. It doesn't get easier with OSU coming to town this week.

8. Washington (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 10) -- Huskies first upward movement in these rankings came after a week off. A win over Stanford would help a little more.

9. Utah (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12; last week: 7) -- Utes better hope 37-7 loss to Arizona State was a low point.

10. California (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12; last week: 8) -- Not a fun start for the Bears, but not a fun schedule, either.

11. Colorado (1-3, 1-0 Pac-12; last week: 12) -- Remember when the Buffaloes were supposed to go 0-12?

12. Washington State (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12; last week: 11) -- Back to all-too-familiar territory for the Cougars.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple




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