Pac-12 Week 10 Power Rankings

Taking a look at where the teams stand after 9 weeks of play.

1) (1) Oregon (8-0, 5-0)
Without facing much competition leading up to last weeks game against the Bruins, many were holding back on the Ducks until they saw them face a top-tier team. Well that's what they did when they faced the Bruins and came out victorious by a score of 42-14, outscoring the Bruins 28-0 in the second half. If the Ducks are able to get a win against the Cardinal next Thursday night, it should be relatively smooth sailing for the Ducks to get to the Pac-12 championship game.

2) (2) Stanford (7-1, 5-1)
The Cardinal headed to Reser Stadium and came away with a hard fought win over the Beavers on Saturday night. Running Back Tyler Gaffney had a huge game for the Cardinal, and was ultimately too much for the OSU defense to handle. A win against OSU is a solid victory for Stanford, but there is zero time to soak in the victory as the game of the season awaits this team next week in a game against Oregon.

3) (4) Arizona State (5-2, 3-1)
Coming off their bye week, ASU will play Wazzu on Halloween night. There's no denying that this offense can score some points, but the defense is suspect to giving up some big plays. If the defense can continue to improve, and the offense continue to do what it's done all season and put up a lot of points, the Sun Devils have a very good shot at representing the south in the Pac-12 championship game.

4) (5) UCLA (5-2, 2-2)
Heading into their matchup against Stanford a couple weeks back, UCLA was 5-0 and climbing up the national rankings. Since then, the Bruins are on a two game losing streak, dropping games to both Stanford and Oregon. With a combined 24 points scored in their past two outings, UCLA will look to get back on track this weekend when they host a struggling Colorado team.

5) (3) Oregon State (6-2, 4-1)
One of the most popular upset picks this past weekend was Oregon State knocking off Stanford. And although the one and only Brian Swinney gave into the hype, Stanford went into Reser Stadium and proved their doubters wrong. Although the Beavs did put up a good fight, one touchdown is not going to do it against a tough Stanford team. Up next for the Beavs is a game against the Trojans.

6) (6) Washington (5-3, 2-3)
UW took care of business against Cal, ending a three game skid to arguably the three best teams in the conference (Oregon, Stanford, ASU). After their bye this week, the Huskies are sure to notch another win on their belts as they host Colorado on November 9th.

7) (7) Arizona (5-2, 2-2)
With a victory over the Buffs, the Wildcats now need just one more win to become bowl eligible. Of the remaining games on the Wildcats' schedule, this weeks game against Cal is sure to be their best chance of getting that all important sixth win and becoming bowl eligible.

8) (8) Washington State (4-4, 2-3)
Wazzu had a bye this past week, and will face ASU on Thursday night in a game that will see a lot of points put up on the board. A upset over the Sun Devils will be a tough task at hand, but is far from impossible when you have a coach who is willing to sling the ball around like Mike Leach does. If standing at your door and handing out candy to the neighbor kids isn't quite your cup of tea, don't feel guilty putting a bowl of snickers outside your front door, heading to a room where the trick-or-treaters can't see that you're home, and tuning in to this ASU-Wazzu matchup instead.

9) (10) USC (5-3, 2-2)
Although it seemed like about half of this USC team was inactive this last weekend, the Trojans were still capable of knocking off the Utes in a game where the Trojan defense pitched a shutout the final three quarters of the game. Ed Orgeron is now 2-1 since taking over as head coach, and will look to move to 3-1 in a game against Oregon State on Friday night.

10) (9) Utah (4-4, 1-4)
What a disappointment for the Utes. In what was their best opportunity to knock off the Trojans since joining the Pac-12, the Utah offense put on one of the most puzzling performances I have ever seen. While the defense did their part and gave the offense plenty opportunities to win this game, the offense was able to do absolutely nothing and seemed to get worse as the game went on. With a much needed bye week for the Utes, this offense must figure things out quick as points will be needed next week when they host Arizona State and their high scoring offense.

11) (11) Colorado (3-4, 0-4)
The Buffs were unable to knock off Arizona in a game where Colorado continued it's struggles on the defensive side of the ball. Things are likely to look very similar this week, if not worse when the Buffs head to Pasadena and take on Brett Hundley and the UCLA Bruins.

12) (12) Cal (1-7, 0-5)
With their 41-17 loss to Washington, the Bears have now dropped to 1-7 on the season and are giving up an average of 44 points per game on defense. With four games remaining on the schedule, it looks like Sonny Dykes' first year as Cal's head coach is going to go worse than expected. Not much was expected of this team before the season begun, but from what we've seen so far, I think it's safe to say this team has managed to play even worse than many predicted.

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