Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 8


1. Oregon (7-0, 4-0) – 44 points (all first-place votes)

Mike (1st) – To me, they are the best team in the country as they are solid on both offense and defense. Plus, they take out their opponents before they know what hit him on a weekly bases no matter the opponent.

Oct. 18, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive linesman Karrington Armstrong (78) prepares to snap the ball while squaring off against the Arizona State Sun Devils defensive line during the second half at Sun Devil Stadium. The Ducks beat the Sun Devils 43-21. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

2. USC (6-1, 4-1) – 39 points

Brian (2nd) – The game against Colorado was over in the first six minutes. Your move, Oregon.

3. Oregon State (6-0, 4-0) – 37 points

Mike (2nd) – Sure, 21-7 doesn’t look impressive but at the end of the day they are 6-0 for the first time since 1907 which is a huge attribute to head coach Mike Riley.

4. Stanford (5-2, 3-1) – 32 points

Brian (4th) – The Cardinal may have the best defense and the worst quarterback in the conference.

5. Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) – 26 points

Mike (6th) –  Losing at Missouri? OK fine, first road game blah blah, but a big home game against one of the best teams in the country? You go from up 7-0 to down 43-7 before scoring your next points.

5. UCLA (5-2, 2-2) – 26 points


7. Arizona (4-3, 1-3) – 20 points

Mike (7th) – Arizona got something done during the bye week it appears. It turned weeks of frustration into RichRod’s first Pac-12 win.

October 20, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal safety Jordan Richards (8) almost intercepts the ball against the California Golden Bears during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. The Stanford Cardinal defeated the California Golden Bears 21-3. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

8. California (3-5, 1-3) – 16 points

Brian (8th) – Sorry, that was pathetic against Stanford. This team is not good, and Oregon is going to dominate at the Golden Bears’ new home.

9. Washington (3-4, 1-3) – 12 points

Mike (9th): Sark’s team has had murders’ row to start the conference season with Stanford, at Oregon, Southern Cal and Saturday at Arizona…but losing 52-17? C’mon, Dawgs! I feel let down by the outcome in Tucson.

10. Utah (2-5, 0-4) – 5 points

Brian (10th) – This is where the Pac-12 begins to get sad…

10. Washington State (2-5, 0-4) – 5 points

Mike (10th) – Like UCLA, Wazzu is getting a pass based on the teams below them having worse weeks. Lay an egg and it could be the Cougs getting passed by a bye week team.

12. Colorado (1-6, 1-3) – 2 points

Brian (12th) – No wonder DirecTV doesn’t want the Pac-12 Networks, could you make Colorado a selling point each week?

The Autzen Zoo power rankings are a collection of votes from our staff. Commentary is provided by lead editor Brian Spaen along with staff writer Mike Vamosi.