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Pac-12 Football Power Rankings: September 26

Conference play has begun in earnest and things are starting to heat up throughout the Pac-12.

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With all but two teams in the Pac-12 having now played at least one conference game, roles are now starting to solidify throughout both divisions.

In the North, Washington and Stanford have emerged as the clear favorites and are still the only undefeated teams in the division. The Huskies spent their Saturday night winning a tight battle in overtime down in Tucson against Arizona, while the Cardinal scored two touchdowns in the final 24 seconds to escape the Rose Bowl with a nine-point victory over UCLA.

Utah is the unanimous first-place team in the South right now, but there is plenty of carnage below the undefeated Utes.

Below, Kaelen Jones and I try making sense of it all in our weekly Pac-12 power rankings.

Pac-12 North
Rank Pelton Jones
1. Washington Stanford
2. Stanford Washington
3. California California
4. Oregon Oregon
5. Oregon State Oregon State
6. Washington State Washington State

Closer Look

Four consensus picks inside one division is unusual for us, but that's what we have at the bottom of the North Division.

We are still undecided at the top, where Washington and Stanford are splitting votes. Lucky for us, the two teams will face each other on Friday night in Seattle, so we should get a clear sense of the favorite to win this division after that game.

Pac-12 South
Rank Pelton Jones
1. Utah Utah
2. Arizona State Colorado
3. Colorado Arizona State
5. Arizona USC
6. USC Arizona

Closer Look

Utah is now 4-0 with wins against BYU and USC, so the Utes are the unanimous No. 1 team at the moment.

Arizona State and Colorado are split between the second and third spots after both teams picked up big wins on Saturday, while UCLA is the clear No. 4 team following its close loss at the hands of Stanford.