Pac-12 Week 9 Power Rankings

Taking a look at where the teams stand after 8 weeks of play.

1 (1) Oregon (7-0, 4-0)
In a game with 100 points and nearly 1300 offensive yards between the two teams, Oregon came out on top in this offensive showcase by a score of 62-38 over Washington State. In a game of completely different styles of offense, Oregon dominated the running game, outgaining the Cougars 383-2 in rushing yards, while Washington State outgained the Ducks 557-336 through the air. With UCLA next up for the Ducks, this defense will see a much more balanced offense in the Bruins compared to WSU's who attempted an unheard of 89 pass attempts.

2 (3) Stanford (6-1, 4-1)
The Cardinal bounced back in a big way this week as they took down undefeated UCLA 24-10. While Stanford's national championship hopes took a hit last week in a loss to Utah, a win over UCLA and some losses to teams ahead of the Cardinal in the rankings resulted in a jump to #8 in the latest AP poll. A game against the Beavers this next weekend has huge implications in the northern division, as the two teams continue to chase Oregon.

3 (4) Oregon State (6-1, 4-0)
After a 49-17 victory over Cal, Oregon State jumps to a 6-1 record and 4-0 in Pac-12 play. Bad news for the Beavs, their schedule hasn't been too tough thus far, and is about to play quality opponents from here on out. Although the record is impressive, the Beavs still have a lot to prove and have a great opportunity to do so against Stanford this weekend.

4 (7) Arizona State (5-2, 3-1)
The Sun Devils handed Washington a 53-24 beat down and improved to 3-1 in the Pac-12 and atop of the southern division. This team is very hard to figure out, as they good very good at times but can have also looked very unimpressive for stretches as well. While it has been tough to tell how good this team really is, the Sun Devils will play their next two games away from Tempe, and are 0-2 while doing so this season.

5 (2) UCLA (5-1, 2-1)
Heading into the game against Stanford, UCLA was 5-0 and the frontrunner for the Pac-12 South. But in a national televised game during primetime, UCLA looked as bad as they have looked all season, and eventually lost to the Cardinal 10-24. UCLA's offense looked very poor, and if the Bruins even want to stay remotely close to Oregon this weekend, Hundley and co. better do a complete 180 degree turnaround from this last weeks performance.

6 (5) Washington (4-3, 1-3)
Washington has now lost three straight games, and are panning out to be another overhyped Husky team. In the beginning of the season I really thought this team had something special, but after their past three games, it's starting to look like Sark is on his way to another disappointing season which started out with high hopes.

7 (10) Arizona (4-2, 1-2)
The Wildcats were able to tame the Utes, who were coming off of upset victory over Stanford the week before. While the Utes headed into the 4th quarter with a 1 point lead, the Wildcats outplayed the Utes in the final 15 minutes and won the game 35-24. Although the Wildcats struggled at time and still have a few things to work out, they will have a great opportunity to in their next two games against CU and Cal.

8 (8) Washington State (4-4, 2-3)
Mike Leach and his Cougs faced the tough task of playing Oregon this past weekend and actually did much better than a lot of people thought they would. Although they only put up a total of 2 rushing yards in the game, the Cougs were able to throw for 557 on 89 attempts. We all knew Mike Leach was going to throw the ball often, but 89 times is a little unexpected. Up next for Washington State is a bye week before hosting ASU.

9 (6) Utah (4-3, 1-3)
The Utes allowed for the letdown to happen, and was outscored by the Wildcats 15-3 in the 4th quarter. Utah came out the locker room looking sluggish, and pretty much looked the way the majority of the game. Arizona wanted this game more than Utah did, as it looked like the Utes were playing in the third game of a tripleheader. With the injury to Travis Wilson, Utah needs to come up with a solution quick as a trip to the Coliseum awaits the Utes Saturday afternoon.

10 (9) USC (4-3, 1-2)
In this years game of the longtime rivalry between USC and Notre Dame, Notre Dame was able to come out on top beating USC 14-10. With Utah heading into town this weekend, both the Trojans and Utes will be trying to bounce back from the tough losses they suffered the week before.

11 (11) Colorado (3-3, 0-3)
Because of the cancelled game against Fresno State, Colorado was able to schedule Charleston Southern and handed the previously undefeated Buccaneers a 43-10 whooping. While it was nice getting the W, the Buffs will have a tough go at any more wins this season as a matchup against Cal on November 16th will be their best opportunity to get that next victory.

12 (12) California (1-6, 0-4)
The Golden Bears were handed their fifth straight loss, and are looking like a one or two win team this season. Cal has been outscored by an average of 24-44 in a very tough schedule thus far. With a lot to work on on both both sides of the ball, The Bears will take their game to Seattle this weekend in a game against Washington.

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