As the end of the regular season nears, we’re starting to see how things might play out for specific teams and who could potentially play for the Pac-12 title in Las Vegas.
This week’s matchups tend to pit the top teams against weaker ones, but the Pac-12 teaches you to expect the unexpected on a weekly basis.
Here’s the rundown of where our Pac-12 publishers are on each team up to this point in Week 10.
WEEK 10–SI PAC-12 FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS
1 Oregon 7-1, 5-0. . . (7) 84 points
2.UCLA 7-1, 4-1. . . 75
3.USC 7-1, 5-1. . . 70
4. Utah 6-2, 4-1. . . 65
5. Oregon State 6-2, 3-2 . . . 54
6. Washington 6-2, 3-2. . . 51
7. Washington State 4-4, 1-4 . . . 42
8. Arizona 3-5, 1-4 . . . 32
9.Stanford 3-5, 1-5. . . 24
10. Arizona State 3-5, 2-3 . . . 22
11. Cal 3-5, 1-4 . . . 20
12. Colorado 1-7, 1-4 . . . 7
JAKE CURTIS, CAL SPORTS REPORT
1st Oregon 2nd USC 3rd UCLA 4th Utah 5th Washington 6th Oregon State 7th Washington State 8th Arizona State 9th Stanford 10th Cal 11th Arizona 12th Colorado.
Comment: I’m hoping that Oregon, USC and Utah all end up with conference losses and we’ll have to turn to the conference’s third or fourth tie-breaking rule to determine which two teams will play in the Pac-12 championship game. Controversy will reign. But controversy brings publicity, just as bad administration brings publicity. We are just waiting for November 19th when many things will be sorted out. Type of.
MAX TORRES, DUCK DIGESTION
1.Oregon; 2.USC; 3.UCLA; 4. Utah; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8.Arizona; 9. State of Arizona; 10th cal.; 11.Stanford; 12. Colorado
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Comment: Oregon clinched what might have been an overwhelming win over Cal, but a win is a win. Now they will try to dominate Colorado before hosting a key game against Washington. USC got a scare from Arizona that may make it look more vulnerable than people thought after also narrowly fleeing Oregon state earlier this year. Utah’s prospects are looking a little bleak as Cam Rising has been battered, but the top teams remain largely the same.
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KEVIN BORBA, ALL CARDINAL
1.Oregon; 2.UCLA; 3.USC; 4. Utah; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8.Arizona; 9.Stanford; 10th cal.; 11. State of Arizona; 12. Colorado
Comment: Stanford looked terrible against UCLA as injuries and lack of depth on offense really show. Offense is one of the worst units in the country and play calling doesn’t do them any favors. Washington State is one of their last winnable games. Oregon is clearly the best team and either Oregon State or Washington are eliminated in a great game.
SAM CONNON, ALL BRUINS
1.Oregon; 2.UCLA; 3. Utah; 4.USC; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8.Arizona; 9.Stanford; 10th cal.; 11. State of Arizona; 12. Colorado
Comments: The levels in the Pac-12 are more defined and layered than ever. The top four teams haven’t lost to anyone outside of this group, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be doing so any time soon. The matchup between Washington and Oregon State could decide which dark horse is poised to make a late push this year, but Oregon, USC, Utah and UCLA are still the clear favorites going forward.
WYATT ALLSUP, ALL TROJANS
1.Oregon; 2.UCLA; 3.USC; 4. Utah; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8.Arizona; 9.Stanford; 10. State of Arizona; 11th cal.; 12. Colorado.
Comment: Nothing happened in the Pac-12 this week to move the needle for any team. USC’s Caleb Williams threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns without his two top receivers, proving once again the depth and power of the offense. Arizona played extremely well against the Trojans behind a great effort from their receiving squad. I wanted to bring the Wildcats up, but they just aren’t better across the board than the teams above them.
COLE BAGLEY, ALL THE UTES
1.Oregon; 2.UCLA; 3. Utah; 4.USC; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8.Arizona; 9. State of Arizona; 10th cal.; 11.Stanford; 12. Colorado
Comment: While the top four teams are still the only teams with a shot at contending for a Pac-12 championship, the Utes and Trojans have been somewhat plagued by injuries and just came away with victories last weekend. November 19 remains the pivotal weekend of the season as Utah will travel to Eugene and the Battle of LA will begin. Until then, the top four will do their best to keep winning and stay as healthy as possible.
DAN RALEY, INSIDE THE HUSKIES
1.Oregon; 2.UCLA; 3.USC; 4. Utah; 5. Washington; 6. State of Oregon; 7. Washington State; 8.Arizona; 9.Stanford; 10th cal.; 11. State of Arizona; 12. Colorado
Comment: I’m going to try something different this week. I’ll put the ducks number 1. I still think you should pay forever for a 46 point loss. I give. This might be the least interesting week for the Pac-12 schedule this season, as almost every game skews heavily in one direction. Let the beavers and huskies keep us busy.
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