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A new team surges to the top of the rankings

Stanford takes the top spot and the LA teams move up as Arizona continues to fall hard

1. Stanford (6-1, 5-0)

The Cardinal leap up to #1 after Christian McCaffrey did his thing and they took down Washington. A tricky matchup at Wazzu looms though.

2. Utah (6-1, 3-1)

The Utes fall out of the top spot after taking one on the chin at USC. They'll get a bye week on Saturday when OSU comes to town.

3. UCLA (5-2, 2-2)

The Bruins pasted Cal and looked like the team many think they can be, but the injuries keep piling up. With Colorado coming to town, they can rest some of the big names guys and still get by if the Chosen One plays like he did on Thursday.

4. USC (4-3, 2-2)

Now that's the USC team most expected to see at the beginning of the season. They beat Utah every-which-way and may have righted their ship with a trip to Cal coming next.

5. Cal (5-2, 3-2)

The Bears put up a stinker on Thursday against UCLA and now get USC which is coming off of their biggest win of the year. Entering dangerous territory.

6. Arizona State (4-3, 2-2)

The Devils were off this week and will host Oregon on Thursday night.

7. Washington State (5-2, 3-1)

Suddenly the Cougars are surging and one win short of a bowl game after winning in Tucson. Luke Falk can play, and will need to keep rolling to knock off Stanford in Pullman.

8. Oregon (4-3, 2-2)

The Ducks were off and will travel to Tempe to battle the Sun Devils on Thursday night.

9. Arizona (5-3, 2-3)

The Wildcats are awful on defense. Just awful. This is so far from the team that won the South last year, that it's comical. At Washington is next, and probably their best chance the remainder of the season to get a win. That schedule is brutal from here on out.

10. Washington (3-4, 1-3)

The Huskies ran into the buzzsaw that is now Stanford and fell under .500. The D is legit. The offense is brutal. At UCLA is up next, so things don't really get easier.

11. Colorado (4-4, 1-3)

The Buffs won their first conference game since 2013 by taking down Oregon State. It was ugly and Colorado doesn't look much better than last year, if at all. Winning another one might be a tall task.

12. Oregon State (2-5, 0-4)

The Beavs has their best chance at a victory in Pac 12 play this season slip away as they fell to Colorado in a tight, ugly one. They'll get a pissed off Utah team next week in SLC.


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