Ten weeks of college football has passed, and we now have an idea of where the Pac-12 really is. Every team in the Pac-12 South is on the brink of bowl eligibility, and the same goes for the north, expect for lowly-ranked Oregon State.
Within the cluster of decent teams, it’s apparent the USC Trojans, Washington State Cougars, Washington Huskies and Stanford Cardinal all have the best shot at a Pac-12 Championship. The Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils are on the outside looking in, praying for USC falls to either the Colorado Buffaloes or UCLA Bruins.
Where do they all line up in our rankings? Let’s take a look.
Pac-12 Week 10 Power Rankings
|Washington (+3)||USC||Washington (+3)|
|USC (-1)||Washington (+1)||Washington State (+3)|
|Washington State (+2)||Stanford (-1)||USC|
|Stanford (-2)||WSU||Stanford (-2)|
|Arizona (-1)||Arizona||Arizona (-4)|
|Arizona State||Arizona State||Arizona State|
|Utah (+4)||UCLA||Colorado (+1)|
|California (+2)||Colorado||Oregon (-1)|
|Colorado (-1)||Utah (+1)||Cal|
|UCLA (-1)||California (+1)||Utah|
|Oregon (-4)||Oregon (-3)||UCLA|
|Oregon State||Oregon State||Oregon State|
Destin: Oops, so maybe Stanford isn’t the best team in the Pac-12. Bryce Love was kept in check, rushing just 69 yards against Washington State. Now, the Cardinal face Washington where Pac-12 Championship implications are seriously on the line. Washington, on the other hand, looks great after pounding Oregon and UCLA. It’ll be fun too see how great the Dawgs really are against Stanford and then Utah and Washington State to finish their regular season schedule.
Tonis: I guess putting Arizona at the top was as bold as Max and Josiah thought it was. The Wildcats were finally tripped up at USC, despite a tremendous effort to get back into the game. Stanford, too, had a tough outing, falling to Washington State and two spots in my power rankings. The story, though, is the lack of movement in the bottom half, as teams are showing exactly who they are. Colorado lost close, Oregon got run out of the building with a freshman backup quarterback as the starter, Cal beat a bad OSU team and Utah beat UCLA without its only good offensive player. Still, 11 teams still have a chance to go to a bowl game, making for an intriguing final three weeks of the year.
Madden: Not much movement in my weekly power rankings this time around. Washington expectedly pummeled Oregon, California smacked lowly Oregon State, ASU outlasted Colorado and USC took control of the Pac-12 South. The only result I was truly surprised by was WSU beating Stanford. In retrospect, however, the Cougars have a top-notch defense and exposed the Cardinal’s inability to move its offense without an effective Bryce Love. Doesn’t project well for Stanford’s key matchup against the Huskies next weekend.