1) (1) Oregon (8-0, 5-0)
With the bye week behind them, the game we've all been waiting for is only a few day days away. The Ducks and Cardinal square off on Thursday night, in a game where Oregon has revenge on their minds with the taste of defeat lingering around from last season. The Ducks have a good shot at making the BCS National Championship Game, but Thursday night could end their dreams if the Cardinal is able to knock of the Ducks for the second consecutive year.
2) (2) Stanford (7-1, 5-1)
Will the slice of humble pie in Salt Lake prove to serve Stanford well, and give them extra motivation to beat Oregon on Thursday night? While it may, I don't think it will be enough to upset the Ducks again this season. Stanford is a very good team, but Oregon is on a whole nother level. Regardless, it's still the game the whole conference looks forward to watching, and a matchup between two top 5 teams. Is it Thursday yet?
3) (3) Arizona State (6-2, 4-1)
Arizona's speed and athleticism is proving to be a problem for opposing teams. With three straight games of over 50 points scored by this offense, the Sun Devils are 6th in the nation in PPG. Not only is this offense really good, but the defense is very talented as well. ASU is the frontrunner for the Pac-12 south, and with a game against the Bruins coming up in a few short weeks, this game against the Utes is a must win for the Sun Devils.
4) (4) UCLA (6-2, 3-2)
The Bruins rebounded from their two game skid with a 45-23 victory over Colorado. With a pretty tough schedule ahead of them, this weeks game against Arizona could prove to be a tricky one for Jim Mora and his boys. UCLA has struggled at times throughout the season, and if the inconsistency continues, the Bruins have no shot at representing the Pac-12 south in the conference championship.
5) (6) Washington (5-3, 2-3)
Beating a good team is something the Huskies have struggled with this season, losing to Stanford, Oregon, and ASU. Luckily for UW, Colorado is up next on the schedule. Although the north division is out of the question (and has been pretty much since the beginning of the season), UW can still finish the season strong and get to a solid bowl game.
6) (5) Oregon State (6-3, 4-2)
Oregon State started the season very strong, but are fading off now that the schedule has gotten more difficult. With two losses in a row, and games against ASU, UW, and Oregon remaining for the Beavs, It is possible OSU ends the season with a 5 game losing streak and a 6-6 record heading into bowl season. Something that would be very upsetting after starting the season out 6-1.
7) (9) USC (6-3, 3-2)
The Trojans continue to play very tough defense, and defeated Oregon State 31-14 this past Friday night. With a mix of two easy games and two tough games remaining for USC, the Trojans could very well end the season with respectability after the beginning of the season went far from expected.
8) (7) Arizona (6-2, 3-2)
From the outside, a 6-2 record makes the Wildcats look like they have had a pretty decent season thus far. But when you really look at it the best win they have is against a struggling Utah team. If the Wildcats are unable to upset UCLA this weekend, Arizona's best win on the season will likely be Utah, and will stumble into bowl season on the back of Ka'Deem Carey.
9) (10) Utah (4-4, 1-4)
The Utes are coming out of a much needed bye week, and will face a very talented team in Arizona State this weekend. ASU has had the Utes' number the past few seasons, and the Utes will be out for revenge from the mind-boggling performance they had against the Sun Devils last season. Utah doesn't match up well against ASU, and as badly as the Utes need this win, I just don't see it happening.
10) (8) Washington State (4-5, 2-4)
The Cougars will head into their bye week having dropped 4 of their last 5 games. I understand the air attack offense that Mike Leach loves to run, but if Wazzu can't establish any sort of run game (a combined 4 total rushing yards in the past two games), the losses will continue to come for this team.
11) (11) Colorado (3-5, 0-5)
The Buffs kept it close in their game against UCLA this past weekend, before UCLA finally broke out and ended up winning by 22 points. If the Buffs are going to get a conference win this season, a game against Cal in two weeks is the perfect opportunity. But up first for CU is a game in Seattle against the Huskies.
12) (12) Cal (1-8, 0-6)
The losses continue to pile on for Cal, as Arizona was able hang in there and beat the Bears 33-28. Cal will play it's final home game of the season this week as they host the Trojans of USC on Saturday afternoon. The likeliness of sending the seniors out with a victory in their final home game are close to none. But what a way to do so if they are able to get it done against the Trojans.
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