PAC-12 Rankings, Week Seven
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Is there really any doubt who is no. 1 now? Stanford came up short against an unranked opponent, and Oregon won on the road against the #16 team, 45-24.
UCLA is undefeated and flying under the radar. They are ranked #9 in the AP poll right now, under three SEC teams who all have a loss. UCLA travels to a huge game against #13 Stanford in Palo Alto this week. If the Bruins win this one, expect them to jump the three SEC teams and possibly even Louisville in the polls, setting up a possible #2 vs. #6 game at Autzen the next week.
Though Stanford lost to Utah, I only have them dropping one spot. They still look like a top 10 team with the way they can play, but a near-loss to Washington and a loss to Utah have me skeptical. A huge showdown with UCLA this week will determine just where the Cardinal belong.
Yes, Washington has lost two straight games, but they were to Stanford and Oregon. The Huskies can still make noise in the Pac-12, though, with upcoming games against ASU and UCLA. However, lose this Saturday in Tempe, and Washington's season starts to go down the drain in a hurry.
5. Arizona State
Arizona State has two respectable losses to Stanford and Notre Dame, as well as a good win vs Wisconsin. The identity of this team is still unknown, and this week's game vs Washington will help them find it. (Of note, ASU is still undefeated at home this year)
Utah is the most unpredictable team in the conference, and a team that I have no idea what to do with. The huge win over Stanford puts them much higher than my original spot for them. Utah could be 6-0 right now had a few things gone differently against the Beavs and the Bruins. Two straight road games against Arizona and USC will show if Utah is for real, or a fluke.
7. Oregon State
I would have the Beavers higher on the list had they not lost to Eastern Washington at home. However, the Beavers are 5-1 and creeping in on the top 25. That said, the heat of their schedule is coming up with ASU, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, and even Utah. OSU will rise or fall very soon.
Kiffin out, Orgeron in. USC came up with a much needed win over Arizona and is already looking better. The Trojans, at this point, will be very unpredictable.
The Wildcats started off undefeated, but are now looking like they belong in the lower third of the Pac-12.
10. Washington State
The Cougars are not looking good at all. Their competitive game against Auburn at the beginning of the year led me to believe they could make some noise, but getting crushed at home to OSU doesn't show that they are progressing at all.
Cal may have the toughest schedule in the FBS. Nonetheless, Cal is looking awful. 1-5 with their lone win against Portland State, and things aren't looking to get any easier. Look at the Bears' schedule, and it appears they could easily end up 2-10.
Until the Buffaloes actually win a Pac-12 game, they will stay put at last.
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