Pac-12 Week 8 Power Rankings

Taking a look at where teams stand after 7 weeks of play.

1) (1) Oregon (6-0, 3-0)
In a showdown against a tough Washington team, the Ducks went into Seattle and blew out the Huskies 45-24. Oregon is proving that they are arguably the best team in the country, and will have the chance to prove that when they face 2 top 15 teams (UCLA and Stanford) in their next three games. But first, have to take care of business against Washington State this week.

2) (3) UCLA (5-0, 2-0)
The Bruins took care of in-state rival Cal last weekend, holding the Bears scoreless in 3 of the 4 quarters. With a 5-0 record on the season, things are about to get much tougher in their next two games as they will go up against a pissed off Stanford team who just lost to the Utes, and then turn around and play Oregon.

3) (2) Stanford (5-1, 3-1)
The nation's second longest win streak is now over as the Cardinal drop one to the Utes in Salt Lake City. With a matchup against UCLA on center stage this weekend, Stanford will have an opportunity to redeem themselves as a win against UCLA could go a long ways for the Cardinal.

4) (5) Oregon State (5-1, 3-0)
In what was being called a trap game for the Beavers, Oregon State proved the doubters wrong beating Washington State by a score of 52-24. Although the 52-24 score indicated a complete blowout, it was actually a very close game up until the fourth quarter when Oregon State outscored the Cougs 28-0. The Beavers will look to go 4-0 in Pac-12 play when they play Cal this weekend.

5) (4) Washington (4-2, 1-2)
After a 24-45 loss to Oregon, and now their second loss in a row to top 5 teams, Washington has a must win game against Arizona State this weekend if they want to have any chance of contending for the north division.

6) (8) Utah (4-2, 1-2)
The Utes pulled of a big upset over #5 Stanford and notched their first signature win in the Pac-12. While the Utes did match up well against the Cardinal, very few actually thought the Utes would be able to pull off the upset. Utah outplayed Stanford in almost every aspect of the game, and must continue their high level of play as they head to Arizona this weekend to take on the Wildcats in the Utes' first game outside the state of Utah.

7) (6) Arizona State (4-2, 2-1)
A 54-13 thrashing of Colorado was a good way to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame the week before. Competition gets much tougher this week, as ASU hosts a Washington team who are desperate for a win after dropping games to Stanford and Oregon in consecutive weeks.

8) (7) Washington State (4-3, 2-2)
The Cougars held tough against a good Oregon State team as the two headed into the fourth quarter tied at 28. A 28-0 whooping by the Beavs in the fourth turned a potential win into a blowout loss for WSU. Bad news for Washington State, next up on the schedule is a team from Eugene that happens to be pretty decent at this football sport.

9) (10) USC (4-2, 1-2)
Ed Orgeron and his Trojans were able to get a win against Arizona after a weird two weeks following the firing of Lane Kiffin. The win is exactly what USC needed to get their confidence up as they will face longtime rival Notre Dame during primetime on NBC this Saturday.

10) (9) Arizona (3-2, 0-2)
The Wildcats came up just short to USC in a game where quarterback B.J. Denker threw for 363 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Arizona is now 0-2 in Pac-12 play, and face a Utah team who is coming off a huge win over Stanford.

11) (11) Colorado (2-3, 0-3)
CU has now been blown out by all three of their games against relevant teams. With a matchup against Charleston Southern this weekend, the Buffs should be able to beat up on another very overmatched team before getting back to reality and facing fellow Pac-12 teams.

12) (12) Cal (1-5, 0-3)
Sonny Dykes and his team continues to stack up the losses as the Bears fell to UCLA this past weekend. Cal is now 1-5 and going through the struggles that we all knew they would this season. While were some positives to take away from the UCLA game, the Bears will try to add to those in a game against Oregon State on Saturday night.

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