Pac-12 Power Rankings – Week 5

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Power Rankings

At the beginning of the year I made the decision not to split my Pac-12 power rankings up by division, but I’ve got to admit that doing so will make it much easier to rank all the teams jumbled up in the middle. So this will be the new format going forward. At least until I change my mind again.

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NORTH DIVISION


1. #6 Stanford (3-0)
Last week: Bye Week
Next up: v. UCLA
Prediction: Andrew Luck puts on a show against a depleted and vulnerable secondary.


2. #9 Oregon (3-1)
Last week: W 56-31 @ Arizona
Next up: Bye Week


3. Washington (3-1)
Last week: W 31-23 v. California
Next up: @ Utah
Prediction: The Huskies pick up another solid win and continue their return to relevance.


4. California (3-1)
Last week: L 23-31 @ Washington
Next up: Bye Week


5. Washington State (2-1)
Last week: Bye Week
Next up: @ Colorado
Prediction: The Cougars squeak out a close victory in Boulder.


6. Oregon State (0-3)
Last week: L 19-27 v. UCLA
Next up: @ #25 Arizona St
Prediction: The Beavers once again get outplayed on both sides of the ball.

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SOUTH DIVISION


1. #25 Arizona State (3-1)
Last week: W 43-22 v. #23 USC
Next up: v. Oregon St
Prediction: ASU decides to hang on to their national ranking for longer than a week this time.


2. USC (3-1)
Last week: L 22-43 @ Arizona St
Next up: v. Arizona
Prediction: The Trojans can’t outlast a team that’s just too hungry.


3. Utah (2-1)
Last week: Bye Week
Next up: v. Washington
Prediction: Pac-12 initiation continues to be rough for the Utes.


4. UCLA (2-2)
Last week: W @ Oregon St
Next up: @ #6 Stanford
Prediction: The depleted Bruins’ D gets torched unmercifully.


5. Arizona (1-3)
Last week: L 31-56 v. #10 Oregon
Next up: @ USC
Prediction: The desperate Wildcats finally have things go their way.


6. Colorado (1-3)
Last week: L 17-37 @ Ohio St
Next up: v. Washington St
Prediction: The Buffaloes make a game of it, but don’t have the firepower to finish.

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Last week’s picks: 4-1
Season record: 30-8

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