With the conference rounding into shape, here is how the teams rank after four weeks of league play.
The Golden Bears won a huge road matchup at Washington, but followed that up with a disappointing defeat at the hands of Washington State. Cal blew a second half lead in that game and looked a bit off against the Cougars. Despite that final 20 minutes against Wazzu, Cal still appears to be the top team in the conference.
The Huskies fell short at home against Cal, but bounced back well against Stanford over the weekend. Tony Wroten's impressive freshman season has continued into the meat of the Pac-12 schedule and with the toughest part of its schedule in the rear-view mirror, UW should be able to stay towards the top of the conference standings.
1. (tie) Colorado
The Buffaloes took care of business at home against the Arizona schools over the weekend, completing the sweep with a narrow victory over the Wildcats at home. Colorado didn't play its sharpest against UA, but still managed to come away with the win.
CU continues to surprise the Pac-12 as it's still in contention. The schedule still has several tough matchups looming – including seven road games – but it looks as if the Buffaloes aren't leaving the land of contenders at any time in the foreseeable future.
The Ducks swept their home series against the Los Angeles schools to move into a first-place tie with Cal. With that being said, Oregon struggled to defeat winless USC at home and that alone keeps the Ducks from moving above any of the three schools ahead of them.
UO is still a surprise considering it is tied for first place nearly halfway through the conference slate. The Ducks will be tested down the stretch with two games against Colorado and one each with Cal and Stanford, so we should see what Oregon is made of over the next month or so.
The Cardinal hit a huge roadblock this past week and dropped two games on the road to the Washington schools. Stanford looked like a much different squad in Washington than it did in its first six Pac-12 games and with a tough stretch the rest of the way, the Cardinal are going to be challenged to stay among the conference contenders.
The Wildcats split their pair of games against Utah and Colorado last week. UA came very close to completing the sweep, but its lingering problems surfaced against the Buffaloes and prevented the Wildcats from winning the game despite Colorado's less-than-impressive performance.
5. Washington State
Wazzu came up with a much-needed sweep at home over two very tough schools from the Bay Area. The Cougars looked very sub-par this season up until this past week, but two victories over the better teams in the Pac-12 has given the squad some confidence.
The recent play of senior Faisal Aden was crucial in both of Wazzu's victories and if he continues scoring at the rate he did this past week, Washington State could battle its way back into contention by season's end.
6. Oregon State
The Beavers also collected a sweep over the weekend at home. OSU took care of both USC and UCLA to pick up two victories it desperately needed. Originally considered to be one of the early favorites to contend for the conference title, Oregon State dropped five of its first six Pac-12 games and was sinking out of the race fast.
Getting a pair of wins has elevated the Beavers closer to the surface and they will need some more of that magic this weekend as they travel to Oregon to face a much-improved Ducks squad. 7. UCLA
The Bruins were swept on the road in Oregon when they could have positioned themselves in with the elite teams in the conference with a couple of victories. Instead, UCLA came back to earth and proved to be the team everyone though it would be at the beginning of conference play. With six conference games left against teams that are over .500 against the Pac-12, contention seems like a distant dream for the Bruins this season.
The Utes aren't going anywhere this year, but being able to handily beat ASU by 21 points - in a season where Utah has been blown out by the likes of Weber State, Cal State Fullerton, UNC Ashville and Harvard – has to feel a bit relieving at this point of the season.
9. Arizona State
The Sun Devils were blown out by Utah. The end.
The Trojans came close to upsetting Oregon to pick up their first conference victory, but that plan fell threw as the Ducks ultimately came away victorious. At 0-7, Kevin O'Neill's seat has to be getting pretty hot right about now.