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From Pullman — The first third of the Pac-12 basketball season is over and the conference is starting to take shape. The Pac-12 has four teams that comprise the first tier, with a noticeable drop off in talent among the remaining squads. Some teams have been bitten by injuries, while others have had unexpected stars emerge. Arizona is clearly at the top of the conference, USC is clearly at the bottom and it's becoming apparent which teams will contend for spots 2-4 in the conference, and which won't.
Our Power Rankings took a look at where the Pac-12 stands today, after the jump.
From Pullman — Pac-12 dominance has migrated south after the conference’s craziest weekend yet. After years of Oregon and Stanford carrying the conference, Arizona State, USC and UCLA are asserting themselves as the next generation of West Coast powerhouses. A couple of furious comebacks fell short and a couple of favorites were not even competitive against their supposed underdog opponents. Arizona State secured its spot in the Pac-12 championship game outright with a win over UCLA, while Stanford backed into the championship thanks to a shocking upset of Oregon by Arizona.
Order has been restored in the Pac-12 football universe. We know, change was scary, but Oregon is back on top after a one-week hiatus. Stanford found out just how difficult it is to dominate a deep conference, falling on the road to Ed Orgeron’s upstart Trojans. We’ll have another potential shakeup this week when Arizona State travels to Pasadena to face UCLA in a game that could very well determine the Pac-12 South champ.
Chaos and disarray reign supreme in the “Conference of Champions.” Utah beats Stanford, Arizona beats Utah. Cats and birds living together in perfect harmony. Is nothing sacred? For those of us who bristle at the idea of change and want our porridge to taste exactly the same every morning there is always old reliable Oregon to take solace in. Actually, Cal is pretty reliable as well. Everything in between, however, is a lawless anarchy. Bring order to your universe with our power rankings for week 9.…
(Getting to these a little late, but here you go)
1. Southern California (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 1) – Some question about the Trojans’ lack of dominance last week against Syracuse. They can put those to rest with a convincing win over Stanford.
2. Oregon (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 2) – Another cupcake this week – Tennessee Tech – before things heat up a bit.
3. Stanford (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 4) – Nice bounce-back game for the Cardinal against Duke, but Marqise Lee and Robert Woods might be harder to cover.
4. UCLA (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 6) – Another big non-conference win for the Bruins against Nebraska, but Rick Neuheisel had a few of those, too. Trick is maintaining.
5. Arizona (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 8) – For beating Oklahoma State, Wildcats rewarded with a cake-walk this week against South Carolina State.
6. Oregon State (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: INC) – Beavers might be a little better than originally thought. Or Wisconsin is a lot worse.
7. Arizona State (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 7) – Todd Graham’s team has been lights out at home. Might be on to something if they’re as efficient at Missouri.
8. Utah (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 3) – What started as a promising season has taken a turn for the not great. Win over BYU would be huge for restoring confidence.
9. California (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 9) – Bears should make statement against Ohio State. That statement: we’re not very good.
10. Washington (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 5) – LSU game proved just how far the Huskies still are from competing with the nation’s elite.
11. Washington State (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 10) – Offense still hasn’t taken off, but that’s certainly a possibility against a bad UNLV this week.
12. Colorado (0-2, 0-0 Pac-12; last week: 11) – Some postulated that the Buffaloes’ 30-28 loss to Sacramento State was the worst in school history. Still plenty of chances to top it.