Pac-12 Power Rankings – Week 9

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Power Rankings

I decided to take the easy way out this week and list Stanford and Oregon in a first-place tie. So sue me. Stanford is undefeated, but they’ve only played a single team with a winning record. Oregon has one loss, but it came at the hands of the nation’s #1 team. Both teams have proven they’re tougher, faster, and deeper than any other team in the conference. It’s probable that we won’t really know who’s better until they settle it on the field in a few weeks.

NORTH DIVISION


T-1. #6 Stanford (7-0, 5-0 PAC)
Last week: W 65-21 v. #25 Washington
Next Up: @ USC
Prediction: Stanford makes a statement with a huge win on a national stage.


T-1. #7 Oregon (6-1, 4-0 PAC)
Last week: W 45-2 @ Colorado
Next Up: v. Washington St
Prediction: The Ducks stretch the nation’s second-longest home winning streak to 21 games.


3. Washington (5-2, 3-1 PAC)
Last week: L 21-65 @ #8 Stanford
Next Up: v. Arizona
Prediction: After an offensive bonanza, the final buzzer sounds with the Huskies on top.


4. California (4-3, 1-3 PAC)
Last week: W 34-10 v. Utah
Next Up: @ UCLA
Prediction: The Bears’ D plays well enough to overcome their offensive inconsistency.


5. Oregon State (2-5, 2-2 PAC)
Last week: W 44-21 @ Washington St
Next Up: @ Utah
Prediction: The inspired Beavers ride their newfound confidence to another victory.


6. Washington State (3-4, 1-3 PAC)
Last week: L 21-44 v. Oregon St
Next Up: @ #7 Oregon
Prediction: The slumping Cougars can’t get things turned around against a top-10 foe.

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SOUTH DIVISION


1. #21 Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 PAC)
Last week: Bye Week
Next Up: v. Colorado
Prediction: The Sun Devils put it away early and secure bowl eligibility.


2. USC (6-1, 3-1 PAC)
Last week: W 31-17 @ Notre Dame
Next Up: v. Stanford
Prediction: The surging Trojans fail to put an end to the nation’s longest winning streak.


3. Arizona (2-5, 1-4 PAC)
Last week: W 48-12 v. UCLA
Next Up: @ Washington
Prediction: A back-and-forth affair ends with Wildcats on the losing end.


4. UCLA (3-4, 2-2 PAC)
Last week: L 12-48 @ Arizona
Next Up: v. California
Prediction: The Bruins allow too much QB pressure to find the offensive rhythm to score enough points.


5. Utah (3-4, 0-4 PAC)
Last week: L 10-34 @ California
Next Up: v. Oregon St
Prediction: Despite the Blackout, Pac-12 victory continues to elude the Utes.


6. Colorado (1-7, 0-4 PAC)
Last week: L 2-45 v. #10 Oregon
Next Up: @ Arizona St
Prediction: The depleted Buffaloes keep fighting, but also keep losing.

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Last week’s picks: 3-3
Season record: 44-16

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Comments
  1. BigDaddy says:

    They can’t be exactly the same! Make a choice, dude… I think we’ll get a good chance to see if Stanford is the real deal. (Of course, I said that last week – maybe I don’t want to think they are the real deal).

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