Pac-12 Power Rankings, Week 10: UCLA Gets Its Groove Back
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It was a rather uneventful weekend in the Pac-12, three of the top five teams having a week off. But we all know this was just the calm before the storm. Here’s how things look before Thursday’s big matchup in Palo Alto:
Oregon enjoyed a bye this weekend, giving it extra time to prepare for its matchup with Stanford this Thursday. Oregon is currently a 10-point favorite over the Cardinal.
Stanford also had a much needed bye this weekend, giving it time to get healthy before the big showdown with Oregon, in which the Cardinal will be without DE Ben Gardner, who is done for the season.
|3||Arizona State||(6-2, 4-1)||Arizona State won convincingly Thursday night in Pullman, defeating Mike Leach’s Cougars 55-21. Arizona State currently sits atop the Pac-12 South standings.||3||--|
|4||UCLA||(6-2, 3-2)||Brett Hundley threw for two touchdowns and ran in two more scores to lead the Bruins to a 45-23 victory over Colorado. UCLA’s offense seemed to find its rhythm again after losses to Stanford and Oregon.||4||--|
|5||Washington||(5-3, 2-3)||Washington also was on a bye this week before it hosts Colorado Saturday. Washington is currently a 26-point favorite over the Buffaloes.||6||+1|
|6||USC||(6-3, 3-2)||USC had what was probably the most impressive win in the Pac-12 this past weekend. The Trojans held the Beavers to just one offensive touchdown and picked off Heisman hopeful Sean Mannion three times.||9||+3|
While it is still my opinion B.J. Denker is the least talented QB in the Pac-12, he still rushed for three touchdowns in Berkeley Saturday and threw another. Arizona hosts UCLA this coming Saturday in a showdown for second place in the Pac-12 South.
|8||Oregon State||(6-3, 4-2)||Oregon State’s offense has been rather pedestrian in losses to Stanford and USC these last two weeks. Beaver fans might want to start thinking about booking hotels in Dallas for New Year’s Eve.||5||-3|
|9||Washington State||(4-5, 2-4)||I said several weeks ago that while the team looks improved, it’s unlikely Washington State finds more than five wins. That prediction looks pretty accurate with trips to Arizona, Washington and a home game against Utah being its final three games of the season.||8||-1|
|10||Utah||(4-4, 1-4)||Hopefully Travis Wilson was able to get healthy during Utah’s bye week. Utah started to show a spark in early October, taking down Stanford, but haven’t been the same since Wilson began dealing with injury.||10||--|
|11||Colorado||(3-5, 0-5)||Similar to its match-up with Oregon, Colorado was able to hang with UCLA early on. However, Saturday showed Colorado still has a long way to go before it can be competitive in the Pac-12.||11||--|
|12||California||(1-8, 0-6)||Cal hung with Arizona for almost four quarters Saturday, but losing the turnover battle and not being able to stop Arizona’s ground game ended up costing Cal another loss Saturday. Cal is still looking for a win over an FBS team this season.||12||--|
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