Pac-12 Week 12 Power Rankings

Taking a look at where the teams stand after 11 weeks of play.

1) (2) Stanford (8-1, 6-1)
The Cardinal got the job done and knocked off the Ducks for the second year in a row. Holding Marcus Mariota and the rest of the offense scoreless through the first three quarters was something nobody was predicting. A late rally by the Ducks made the score a lot closer than it should have been, but other than that Stanford played a really good game and proved that they one of the best teams in the country.

2) (1) Oregon (8-1, 5-1)
Once again, Oregon will fall just short of the National Championship. Stanford has Oregon's number, and have single handily torn the heart right out of the Ducks multiple times now and enjoyed every second of it. "This is the year for Oregon" is what we all kept hearing, but unless some huge upsets happen, Oregon is going to have to wait until next season to get their shot at the National Championship.

3) (4) UCLA (7-2, 4-2)
In a game many were picking Arizona to win, UCLA came in and proved they were the better team. It was just another day at the office for Brett Hundley, going 18-25 for 227 yards and 2 TD's while also rushing for 56 yards and a rushing TD. With a pretty tough schedule to end the season, and the south division up for grabs, UCLA must finish the season strong if they want to represent the south once again in the Pac-12 Championship Game.

4) (7) USC (7-3, 4-2)
USC's offense/special teams were clicking against the Golden Bears, as the Trojans hung 62 points on Cal. USC scored in just about every way possible, including two punt returns for touchdowns and a blocked punt returned for a touchdown. The wins have kept on coming for the Trojans since firing Lane Kiffin, but with Stanford up next on the schedule, and a game against rival UCLA in a few weeks, USC is in for a tough last few weeks of 2013.

5) (3) Arizona State (7-2, 5-1)
The Sun Devils were able to make a fourth quarter comeback against the Utes and walk away from Rice-Eccles Stadium with a 20-19 victory. ASU's offense, who normally puts up around 50 points a game, really struggled against a tough Utah defense and only had 7 points on the board through the first three quarters. But fortunately for the Sun Devils, there are four quarters in football, and the fourth quarter is where they got the job done. If ASU is able to beat Oregon State this weekend and UCLA the next weekend, they will most likely represent the south in the Pac-12 Championship.

6) (5) Washington (6-3, 3-3)
The Huskies took on the struggling Buffs this last weekend and gave the hometown crowd a show, beating the Buffs 59-7. This week's game will be a lot more difficult though, as the Huskies will travel to the Rose Bowl and take on UCLA. After the Bruins, the always anticipated game between the Huskies and rival Oregon State should be another quite difficult game for UW to get a victory. Regardless of what happens in those games, this season will be another disappointment for the Huskies as the 0-3 skid to Oregon, Stanford, and ASU is surely still on the minds of the entire program.

7) (6) Oregon State (6-3, 4-2)
Oregon State's most impressive win of the season is against the Utes, as the Beavers have lost every game they have played against a good team. The Beavers had a bye this last weekend, and that is exactly what they needed as they head into their final three games of the season and will play ASU, Washington, and Oregon. With that tough slate of games ahead, it is quite possible the Beavers end the season 6-6 with five straight losses.

8) (8) Arizona (6-3, 3-3)
Arizona is in the same boat at Oregon State, with their most impressive win of the season coming against the Utes. Unable to beat any of the top teams in the conference, Arizona hosts another bottom of the Pac-12 team in Washington State this weekend. After that, the Wildcats end the season with two very tough games against Oregon and Arizona State, and will likely end the season with a 7-5 record.

9) (9) Utah (4-5, 1-5)
What is it going to take for the Utes to finally win a close game? Losses to UCLA, Oregon State, and Arizona State by a combined 11 points is very frustrating to deal with. But there's no time for this team to hang their heads, as a game in Eugene against Oregon awaits the Utes in just five short days. With coach Whittingham taking a look at everything, there could be some changes ahead for the Utes.

10) (10) Washington State (4-5, 2-4)
The Cougars have had trouble slowing down opposing offenses as of late, and have allowed 50+ points on defense the past three games. Having an extra week to prepare for Arizona could go a long ways for WSU, but if things aren't fixed on defense and something doesn't happen with the rushing game, look for another loss for the Cougs.

11) (11) Colorado (3-6, 0-6)
Colorado has now lost 6 of their last 7 games, with their win in that stretch coming against Charleston Southern. The battle of the bottom two teams in the conference is what's in stake this weekend for the Buffs, as the Cal Bears will visit Boulder in what should be a pretty close game. Although it won't be the best display of football, the two teams will play tough, as it's likely their last legitimate opportunity for a conference win.

12) (12) Cal (1-9, 0-7)
Senior day didn't go too well for the seniors at Cal, as a 28-62 loss to USC was the result of last week's game. Some good news for Cal, a game in Boulder against Colorado is a definite winnable game. But if they aren't able to get the job done against the Buffs, the Bears will go 0-9 in conference play this season with a predictable loss to Stanford ending this disappointing season for Sonny Dykes in his first year at the helm at Cal.

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