Pac-12 Power Rankings, Week 11: Stanford Takes Top Spot From Oregon
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Other than a big change at the top, the Pac-12 power rankings remained largely the same this week. Next week becomes very interesting as the Huskies pay the Bruins a visit and USC hosts Stanford.
|1||Stanford||(8-1, 6-1)||Stanford solidified its position amongst the nation’s elite by defeating Oregon in dominating fashion. The Cardinal lined up in its ogre package all night and forced its will on Oregon, eating up 42:34 minutes of clock. Stanford’s defense was also able to capitalize on Oregon’s banged up o-line and an injured Mariota, holding Oregon scoreless in the first half for the first time in 55 games. Stanford looked like it had the best defense in the country Thursday night, and its loss to Utah will likely be costly in the end.||2||+1|
Oregon looked completely unprepared for Stanford. It took a late rally, and a comedy of errors on Stanford’s part, for Oregon to even get on the board in the fourth. It was reported just before kickoff Mariota was suffering from a partial MCL tear, but the offense wasn’t the only problem. Oregon’s defense was no match for Stanford’s jumbo packages, and really made no adjustments to try to stop it. Oregon will need a healthy Mariota if it hopes to get back to a fifth straight BCS bowl.
|3||Arizona State||(7-2, 5-1)||Will Sutton got the first interception of his career to seal a victory Saturday in Salt Lake City. The Sun Devils looked a little shaky in their win over the Utes, but may have just been looking ahead to their showdown with UCLA next week.||3||--|
|4||UCLA||(7-2, 4-2)||UCLA won for the first time in Tuscon since 2003 Saturday. Probably the most impressive story of the night was freshman linebacker Myles Jack, who played both defense and offense. Jack had eight tackles, recovered a fumble and rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on just six carries.||4||--|
|5||Washington||(6-3, 3-3)||Washington found itself bowl eligible Saturday night after doing what teams do to lowly Colorado. Washington racked up 628 yards and 59 points in its win over Colorado.||5||--|
|6||USC||(7-3, 4-2)||USC also found itself finally bowl eligible Saturday (due to its 13th game with Hawaii, the Trojans had to win seven games for bowl eligibility) after defeating California for the 10th straight year. Nelson Agholor returned three punts for touchdowns. Javorious Allen also had three touchdowns of his own, giving the Trojans a 62 to 28 point win over the Golden Bears.||6||--|
|7||Arizona||(6-3, 3-3)||Arizona fell to UCLA at home for the first time since 2003 Saturday. Arizona had a decent game on the ground, but the passing game still leaves a lot to be desired. Sure, Denker threw two touchdowns, but he only averaged 5.6 yards-per-attempt, and he also threw a pick.||7||--|
|8||Oregon State||(6-3, 4-2)||Oregon State remains in the eighth spot this week after a bye.||8||--|
|9||Washington State||(4-5, 2-4)||Washington State also sat out this week with a bye.||9||--|
Utah continues to be a thorn in visiting teams’ sides, nearly defeating the Sun Devils at home. This is the third close game Utah has lost at home, and its only Pac-12 victory is ironically over Stanford.
Paul Richardson continues to be one of the few bright spots for the Buffaloes. After three seasons, one has to question whether Colorado will ever be competitive in Pac-12 play.
|12||California||(1-9, 0-7)||Cal’s offense may be improving, but its special teams has been a problem all year, and it continues to get worse. Cal gave up three special teams touchdowns to USC yesterday and 62 points total.||12||--|
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