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Pac-12 power rankings

Oregon fans, I hear you. The Ducks are really, really good. But you’re going to have to trust me when I say I can’t rank your team any higher than No. 1. There’s no more room at the top. Sorry. On to this week’s rankings, brought to you by the singed turf trailing De’Anthony Thomas’ footsteps, and the sticky hands of Damante Horton.

1 Oregon (2-0, 0-0 in Pac-12; last week: 1) – Bold prediction: the Virginia defense Oregon just dropped 59 points on? It’s going to end up being pretty good.

2 Stanford (1-0, 0-0; last week: 2) – At Army this week. Whole lot of smarts in that matchup.

3 UCLA (1-0, 0-0; last week: 3) – A tough task this week, at Nebraska in the wake of Nick Pasquale’s death. Sending good thoughts the Bruins’ way, win or lose.

4 Washington (1-0, 0-0; last week: 4) – Facing an Illinois team this week that might be better than people think.

5 Arizona St. (1-0, 0-0; last week: 6) – Fun matchup with Wisconsin will determine once and for all (or just once) whether spread beats strength.

6 Utah (2-0, 0-0; last week: 7) – 70 points on Weber State? The Utes’ basketball team is jealous.

7 Washington St. (1-1, 1-0; last week: 10) – Don’t look now, but the Cougars are playing defense like a team that wants to play in December.

8 Arizona (2-0, 0-0; last week: 8) – Blasting UNLV in Las Vegas might not mean a whole lot, but the Wildcats sure can score points.

9 Colorado (2-0, 0-0; last week: 9) – Game against Fresno State will provide strong indication of how far Buffaloes have come since 2012.

10 Oregon St. (1-1, 0-0; last week: 12) – Beavers avoided a second embarrassing loss by toughing past Hawaii, but trip to Utah could be an eye-opener.

1  1 California (1-1, 0-0; last week: 11) – Only good thing about Bears’ 37-30 win over Portland State: they didn’t lose.

12 USC (1-1, 0-1; last week: 5) – Does Matt Leinart have any eligibility left?

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