At 5-1 in conference play and 15-4 overall, the Golden Bears currently appear to be the best team in the Pac-12 and that comes as no surprise.
Outside of a hiccup against Oregon State, Cal has looked sharp versus the rest of the competition and has won several games in convincing fashion. The schedule really picks up for the Golden Bears here soon, so we'll get an even better idea of just how good Cal really is.
The Cardinal is tied for the top spot in the league as Stanford continues to be the biggest surprise in the conference. At 5-1 against the Pac-12, the Cardinal is in very good position to stay competitive as the meat of the schedule approaches.
Like Cal, Stanford has the tougher part of its conference slate coming up and we should see just how much of a contender the Cardinal really is in the coming weeks.
After a rough start in conference play, the Huskies have seemingly righted their ship as the Pac-12 schedule has hit. UW currently stands at 4-1 and has won seven of its last nine overall.
The Huskies get their first real test this weekend as it hosts the Bay Area schools, both of whom lead the conference.
The Ducks have been a somewhat surprising squad in the early part of the schedule as they currently stand at 4-2 against conference foes.
UO picked up a big sweep of the Arizona schools on the road this past weekend and showed that it can play tough basketball away from the Matthew Knight Center. If Oregon can continue its impressive road play, it will be a tough matchup for any opponent in the Pac-12.
After a 3-0 start to conference play, back-to-back losses to Stanford and Cal brought the Buffaloes back to reality. The two losses shouldn't serve as too big of a mark against Colorado as the squads it lost to have proven to be the league's elite in the early going, but the defeats did prove that the Buffaloes may not be a real serious contender quite yet.
UCLA's only two conference losses are to the two top teams in the Pac-12 and the Bruins will get another chance to host those two squads at home in a few weeks. If UCLA keeps on the trend its currently riding, it could sneak itself into the list of conference contenders.
The Wildcats struggled to defeat a one-win Oregon State squad at home and came out flat against Oregon two days later. Going into the season, UA was considered one of the conference contenders, but has looked anything but that in the early part of the conference schedule.
There is still plenty of season left to be played, but if how the Wildcats have played against their conference foes so far is any indication of what's to come, it could be a stressful year for Arizona fans.
8. Arizona State
The Sun Devils surprised some by defeating Oregon State over the weekend to pick up their second conference victory. ASU has had a very rough season with the loss of Jahii Carson and the departure of Keala King, but the team did show a little resiliency over the weekend by beating a much more talented Beavers squad.
Arizona State probably won't come up with too many more upsets this year, but it has proven to be much more than just a pushover this past weekend.
The Utes' lone conference victory was over Wazzu and they were blown out by the Golden Bears in their most recent matchup. If you are looking for a silver lining when it comes to Utah, it gave the Cardinal a scare over the weekend in Palo Alto and played one-loss Washington tough the week before.
The recent blowout loss at the hands of Cal does show that Utah isn't quite ready to take a step forward, but it may have the ability to make some of the better teams in the league sweat it out.
10. Washington State
The Cougars' only victory on the season came over an underachieving Oregon State squad, but otherwise, Wazzu has looked less-than-mediocre thus far. It hosts both Cal and Stanford this weekend, so it only gets tougher for the Cougars.
11. Oregon State
The Beavers are far-and-away the Pac-12's most disappointing squad. A team that many thought should challenge the likes of California and Washington for the conference title at the beginning of the season, OSU has started the conference schedule 1-5, including losses to Washington State and Arizona State.
The Beavers have a plethora of talent on the roster and arguably the conference's best player. But if Oregon State can't learn to play better team defense, it will continue to struggle.
USC still has yet to win a game in conference play and has recently struggled to stay close with its competition. At this point there is little doubt that the Trojans are at the bottom of the Pac-12 barrel.