AutzenZoo Pac-12 Power Rankings

Stanford: It was another easy victory for the Cardinals against the Colorado Buffaloes.  Luck had his best game of the season, and their winning streak remains unbroken (longest in the nation at 13).  Stanford will move into the tougher portion of their schedule during the second half of the season, but everything indicates full steam ahead for the Cardinals.
Oregon: Despite an agonizing fall for LaMichael James in the 4thQuarter, the Ducks rolled over Cal.  The first half looked like things could be close, but the tides turned for Cal in the second half.  The Golden Bears were no longer able to contain Oregon’s high-powered offense and the Ducks broke through all over the field.  It will be ESPN Game Day in Eugene this Saturday for their match-up against #18 ASU.
Arizona State: I’m moving the Sun Devils up in these rankings because their wins are looking more impressive than the Huskies’.  They’ve beaten two ranked teams (Missouri and USC) and their only loss is to an unbeaten Illinois team (17 – 14).  They easily handled the Utes over the weekend.  ASU looks like the power team in the Southern Pac-12 conference and Saturday’s game against Oregon should be a good one.
Washington: The Huskies had a bye over last weekend so they will stay in the top section of these rankings.  They take on Colorado this weekend at home.
USC: The Trojans are moving up.  USC had a bye last week and they look ahead to Cal tomorrow night for the Thursday night game.
UCLA: The Bruins took on Washington State and got the win in the end.  It was a battle to the very end and the casualty for UCLA was Richard Brehaut (starting QB) going down in the second quarter with a broken leg.  Back-up QB Kevin Price took over and led the team to the third victory this season.  It isn’t easy for a team to see their quarterback go down, but the Bruins showed some mental strength and got the W.
Washington State: WSU moves down a bit in these rankings due to a loss to the Bruins.  They did not score a touchdown against UCLA until the second half and that just isn’t going to cut it against the top Pac-12 teams.  WSU has a tough test ahead against #7 Stanford this weekend.
Cal: Cal has been stumbling a bit in the Pac-12.  They got the victory early in the season against Colorado, but their tests against Washington and Oregon have resulted in losses for the Golden Bears.  Both were road games so maybe Cal can put on a better show this weekend at home against USC.
Oregon State: The Beavs move up this week.  They got their first win of the season against Arizona last weekend.  They gave up a 21-point lead, but ultimately held on at the end with both an offensive and defensive showing.  Both teams were grasping for their first conference win (or in OSU’s case, first season win) and the Beavs came through.  This weekend OSU takes on BYU and look for a turnaround to their slow start this season. 
Utah: I’m moving the Utes up a bit because they have the better record among the last three teams.  2 – 3 overall, but still no conference wins.  They have played three of the toughest Pac-12 opponents so far (USC, Washington and ASU).  The Utes step out of the Pac-12 for their game this weekend against Pittsburgh. 
Arizona: The Wildcats move way down in these rankings because they just can’t seem to come away with a win.  They are plagued by turnovers; two interceptions and two fumbles in last week’s game against OSU.  Arizona stayed up in these rankings based on their brutal schedule at the beginning of this season, but they couldn’t put away a 0 -4 OSU team either.  This week Arizona’s AD announced that they had fired head coach Mike Stoops.  It looks like the Wildcats are looking ahead to next season at this point.  They have a bye week and some time to look ahead to their home game against UCLA on the 20th. 
Colorado: The Buffs are having a tough year.  It is likely that they end up without a Pac-12 victory this season.  The Buffs offense and defense couldn’t gain any momentum in their match-up against Stanford and their only touchdown came after a rare interception thrown by Andrew Luck. 

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