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Pac-12 power rankings: Week 1

The first iteration of our weekly power rankings are in the paper today. I'm also going to share these weekly snapshots here as well.

Let me know what you think.

Oregon: The Ducks have the best offense in the conference, the best player in the conference and, for now, the best team in the conference.

UCLA: The Bruins lost a number of defensive stars from last season. They return enough stars on both sides of the ball to make a national title run. There are always more stars in Hollywood.

Stanford: The Cardinal will once again be one of the Pac-12’s best teams but the toughest road schedule of anyone in the country will keep Stanford from its third consecutive conference title.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils may not have the dominant defense of last season but quarterback Taylor Kelly seemingly always finds a way to win.

USC: Steve Sarkisian will win big in Troy but not until he can find a better quarterback.

Washington: The Huskies have the talent and experience at most positions to rank much higher on this list, but quarterback questions could see them finish even lower.

Washington State: The Cougars will return to a bowl and have improved significantly since last season. Unfortunately, so has everyone else.

Arizona: A deep and explosive group of wide receivers will give Arizona a chance to win each week, but there isn’t enough elsewhere to consistently win in this year’s Pac-12.

Oregon State: Almost beating a checked-out Oregon last season doesn’t hide the fact that the Beavers had some real issues at the end of the year. Losing Brandin Cooks isn’t going to help.

10 Utah: Getting quarterback Travis Wilson back will keep Utah in the hunt for a bowl game, but until the supporting cast improves the Utes can’t expect much better.

1 1 Colorado: Mike MacIntyre is building the Buffaloes the right way but it’s going to be a long process.

12 California: Sonny Dykes just can’t catch a break. The injury bug that bit the Bears last season has already returned to the team least equipped to handle it.

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