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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 6

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Our Pac-12 pickings:

NCAA Football: Arizona at Colorado Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

College football has officially hit its midway point, and we’ve got just the right way to celebrate: some ever so changing, thrilling and mind boggling Pac-12 power rankings.

Arizona’s shootout win in Boulder, Colorado rose the Wildcats out of the ashes and into the middle of the Pack. Washington State’s statement victory in Eugene, Oregon kept the Cougars undefeated. That and more discussed below.

Pac-12 Week 6 Power Rankings

Destin Madden Tonis
Destin Madden Tonis
Washington Washington Washington
Washington State (+1) Washington State Washington State
USC (-1) Stanford USC
Stanford (+1) USC Stanford (+1)
Utah (-1) Utah Utah (-2)
Arizona (+5) UCLA (+1) UCLA
Oregon (-1) Oregon (-1) Arizona (+4)
ASU (+2) Arizona (+3) ASU (-1)
UCLA (-2) ASU (+1) Oregon (-1)
California (-2) Colorado (-2) California (-1)
Colorado (-3) Arizona Colorado (-1)
Oregon State Oregon State Oregon State

Closer Look

Destin: The Arizona Schools earned a couple major boosts after Khalil Tate’s 327-yard rushing night, and a few other bye week results that helped the Sun Devils. While the Golden Bears were on the road, Cal was embarrassed by Washington, 38-7 and though they didn’t play this week, UCLA’s 58-34 loss to Stanford in week four gives the Sun Devils the upper edge. It took the Cardinal three tries, but Stanford finally won an away game, proving its dominance over then-No. 20 Utah. The Cardinal should remain a serious threat to any team in the conference.

Tonis: A little shakeup in the South for me, as Arizona sophomore quarterback Khalil Tate single-handedly rushed the Wildcats toward the middle of the conference. The favorites won out, aside from the Wildcats, though, meaning not much else was shifted around Arizona and Colorado. This sets up what has turned into a big matchup between Arizona and UCLA in Tucson for an inside shot at bowl eligibility. Meanwhile, ASU is docked a spot for not playing with No. 5 Washington on the docket this week at Sun Devil Stadium.

Madden: Washington State and Stanford had the most impressive victories of week five. The Cougars managed a 23-point victory in a hostile environment in Eugene, something WSU never pulls off — even with Justin Herbert out, that’s a great result for Mike Leach and co. Stanford also surprised me by going into Salt Lake and pulling out a victory over the Utes. Bryce Love might be the best player in the country, and nothing looks like it will be capable of stopping him. Really looking forward to UW giving it a shot.