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Pac-12 conference power rankings

Wed., Oct. 30, 2013

For the first time in weeks there was a relatively stable weekend for the Pac-12. Not a single team was upset and only Arizona managed to win a road game. The lack of chaos provided clarity in the conference standings, and we’re finally beginning to get a picture of how the teams stack up. Still, there is plenty of room for movement, and a couple key upsets this weekend could throw the whole thing into disarray. But for now, let’s enjoy the comfort that comes with the perception of order.

1 Oregon (8-0, 5-0 in Pac-12; last week: 1) The national media seems unimpressed with the Ducks’ win over UCLA. How do you know when you’ve “arrived”? When a 42-14 victory over a top-15 team is disappointing.

2 Stanford (7-1, 5-1 in Pac-12; last week: 2) The loss at Utah is now firmly behind the Cardinal. That means we’re right back where we started: the Stanford-Oregon game is all that really matters.

3 Oregon St. (6-2, 4-1; last week: 3) The OSU offense disappointed against Stanford but the defense played great. When the dust settled the Beavers lost by eight against the No. 6 Cardinal and we won’t be punishing them for that.

4 UCLA (5-2, 2-2; last week: 4) The Bruins could have overtaken the Beavers had they kept the score just a little closer against Oregon. Still, UCLA boasts arguably the best linebackers in the country and the rest of the team is pretty sharp, too.

5 Arizona St. (5-2, 3-1; last week: 5) A weekend off did nothing to hurt the Sun Devils, and no team did enough to leap-frog them.

6 USC (5-3, 2-2; last week: 6) USC had a good win, nearly shutting out the Utes. Still, the Trojans wouldn’t be favored against the Sun Devils, having already lost to them by a sizable margin this season.

7 Washington (5-3, 2-3; last week: 7) The Huskies become the latest team to boost its collective ego by beating up on the Golden Bears. The win turned pyrrhic, however, when they lost Kasen William – their best receiver.

8 Arizona (5-2, 2-2; last week: 8) The Wildcats finally have a quarterback they can be competitive with, and proved it in their lopsided victory over Colorado on the road.

9 Utah (4-4, 1-4 in Pac-12; last week: 9) The Utes have been all over the power rankings this season, but consecutive “bad” losses have them settling near the bottom. It won’t get any easier for Utah with ASU and Oregon next on the schedule.

10 WSU (4-4, 2-3; last week: 10) A Halloween win over the Sun Devils would be the best treat the Cougars could ask for, and would vault them up to the top of the cluster of mediocre teams in these rankings.

11 Cal (1-7, 0-5; last week: 12) Ah yes, the hardest part of the rankings: determining who is worse between Cal and Colorado. Each team lost big last weekend, but at least Cal’s fans didn’t have to witness it in person.

12 Colorado (3-4, 0-4; last week: 11) Circle November 16 on your calendar. It’s the date we determine once and for all who the Pac-12 bottom-feeder really is.

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