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Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 10: Top two hold firm

Oregon and Arizona State remain the class of the Pac-12.

Ralph Freso

Pac-12 play continued this week with every team throughout the conference in action. Arizona State was the team of the week, knocking off Utah in a 19-16 overtime thriller. Sun Devil kicker Zane Gonzalez made four field goals in the win, including the game-winner from 36 yards out.

Here are how things stack up throughout the rest of the conference:

1. Oregon (8-1, 5-1)

Oregon did what Oregon does on Saturday against Stanford, turning what was a close game at halftime into a blowout. Quarterback Marcus Mariota had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one rushing and one through the air, to run away from the Cardinal.

2. Arizona State (7-1, 5-1)

The Sun Devils remain perched right behind Oregon in our power rankings. The maroon and gold struggled throughout the second half to move the ball against a stingy Utah defense, but a Zane Gonzalez field goal late in the fourth quarter tied the game at 16. After the Utes came up empty in the top of the first overtime, Gonzalez connected again for a walkoff win.

3. USC (6-3, 5-2)

One of the week's biggest movers this week is USC, which has more to do with Utah and Arizona dropping their games than with the Trojans clobbering Washington State. Steve Sarkisian's team jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter despite stormy conditions in Pullman before Cougar quarterback Connor Halliday left the game with a broken ankle. The home team struggled to produce on offense after that and USC left with a 44-17 win to obtain bowl eligibility. It now has a bye in order to prepare for a Thursday night matchup with California.

4. Utah (6-2, 3-2)

The Utes competed hard late into the night on Saturday in Tempe, but in the end they lacked enough offense to escape with a win and might have played themselves out of the conference championship race. Now they can play spoiler for the College Football Playoff scene as Oregon comes to town next week. With one of the top defenses in the nation, Utah should be able to keep things close against the potent Duck offense.

5. UCLA (7-2, 5-2)

Is UCLA back? It's starting to appear that way after the Bruins topped Arizona with a tremendous effort on the defensive side of the ball on Saturday night. Still, it's tough to ignore those games against mediocre teams where they barely got out with wins. Their average margin of victory against Virginia, Memphis, Texas, California, and Colorado was only 4.6 points.

6. Arizona (6-2, 3-2)

The Wildcats had their worst showing of the year on Saturday at the Rose Bowl and fall all the way to No. 6 as a result. The Pac-12 championship game is still in reach, but any hopes at a College Football playoff berth have been extinguished.

7. Washington (6-3, 2-3)

The Huskies obtained bowl eligibility for a fifth straight season with their 38-23 win at Colorado. Quarterback Cyler Miles combined for 245 total yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

8. California (5-4, 3-4)

Here comes California! The Golden Bears got a huge offensive performance in their win at Oregon State late on Saturday in order to get within one more victory of a postseason trip. They have games remaining at USC and at home against Stanford and BYU.

9. Stanford (5-4, 3-3)

Oh, how Stanford has fallen. A bowl game is no longer a lock with games remaining against Utah and road trips to California and UCLA. The Cardinal need to clean up their act inside the red zone if they are going to get out with a win in any of those contests.

10. Oregon State (4-4, 1-4)

The Beavers continued their slide into obscurity on Saturday with a bad loss at home against the Golden Bears. Quarterback Sean Mannion did break the all time Pac-12 passing yards record, but it came in a 14-point defeat.

11. Colorado (2-7, 0-6)

Simply put, Colorado is just unable to finish games. After their loss to Washington, the Buffaloes no longer have a shot at a bowl and can just focus on getting a conference win before the year draws to a close.

12. Washington State (2-7, 1-5)

Things are getting bad up in Pullman as Washington State lost its fourth straight game and its star quarterback for the rest of the season. The team will now embark on a two-game road trip, which may be just what it needs to regroup and come together to try and salvage a couple more wins.