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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 6

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Taking stock of the Pac-12 Conference after 6 weeks.

NCAA Football: Stanford at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Washington (6-0, 3-0) - Another week, another easy victory over an outmatched opponent. The UCLA game in 3 weeks will be the first time this Washington team plays an opponent even close to their talent level, and they’ll be doing so after a bye, so that should be fun for everyone involved.
  2. Washington State (6-0, 3-0) - Another week, another easy victory over an outmatched opponent.....except Oregon is much better than Cal. Really, the only reason Washington State isn’t in that top spot right now is out of deference to last year’s champion, but it’s getting harder and harder not to put the Cougs up top. Maybe if the Huskies don’t win by a ton this week, I’ll flip-flop them.
  3. Southern California (5-1, 3-1) - Beat a bad Oregon State team, congratulations! Now you get to face Utah, which is a biiiiiiiiiit of a better team. Also we’ll get to learn if this USC team is #ActuallyGood or just typical #USCHype. Please like and subscribe for more of this thrilling #content.
  4. Stanford (4-2, 3-1) - The Cardinal may have only won by 3 on the road at Utah, but the game was not really that close, and it appears that the Stanford Cardinal that we all know and hate are finally back. Which is good, because now they get to beat up on two bad teams before facing Washington State to start November.
  5. Utah (4-1, 1-1) - The Utes really did not play well against Stanford, and now they get to go on the road to USC. If this Utah team is actually good like everyone keeps telling me, they should have a chance to pull off the victory. Count me among the non-believers, though.
  6. UCLA (3-2, 1-1) - I’m not sure what it says about the conference that UCLA places this high right now, but here we are. The game at Arizona this week actually could solidify which teams belong near the top and near the bottom of the rankings, crazy as that sounds.
  7. Arizona (3-2, 1-1) - Well, look at ole Rich Rod, getting a road win at Colorado and showing actual progress after last year! His job security continues to look stronger and stronger, crazy as that sounds. And now he gets to face a team he’s never beaten while at Arizona! Should be fun!
  8. Oregon (4-2, 1-2) - I said last week that, without starting QB Justin Herbert, Oregon should be going into a stretch where they wouldn’t be favored in a single game, and then oddsmakers decided for some reason that the Ducks should be favored over Washington State. Oregon proceeded to get blown out at home. So feel free to come here for all of your betting questions. Also Stanford is going to blow this team out of the water.
  9. Arizona State (2-3, 1-1) - Made the correct decision to not play a game this week, which gets them the bump over the two schools below them, but now they get to play Washington. The Sun Devils already has one home upset this year, but the Huskies are just a bit better than Oregon this year, so we’ll see.
  10. Colorado (3-3, 0-3) - The loss at home to Arizona basically confirmed that this season will be a tremendous step back for the Buffaloes, but beyond that, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the loss of Jim Leavitt to Oregon was the biggest personnel loss Colorado suffered after last year.
  11. UC Berkeley (3-3, 0-3) - As impressive as Cal’s undefeated non-conference run was at the time, it’s becoming increasingly clear that those three teams are very bad, and the Bears have no wins in conference play. Yes, two of those losses were against powerhouses Washington and USC, but that also includes a blowout loss to Oregon where the Ducks were without their starting quarterback after the 1st quarter. And things won’t be getting better with Wazzu coming to town this week.
  12. Oregon State (1-5, 0-3) - Gary Andersen decided to walk away from $12.4 million instead of continue to coach this team. Things really aren’t looking good for this program.