MBB Power Rankings: Week 1

With the Pac-10 season just starting out this weekend, we don't have a lot of data to go on for power rankings but time to start the party! UCLA remains at the top spot but Cal, Arizona State and Washington are nipping at the Bruins' heels. Oregon needs to gel quickly if they don't want to own the cellar this year. With an improving Oregon State team, things could get very interesting at the bottom.

 

Rank (lw) Team Conf Overall Comments
1 UCLA 2-0 12-2 UCLA continues to impress. Some might have thought they were rebuilding this year but they appear to have reloaded. They may have lost the "love" but they haven't lost a step.
2 California 2-0 13-2 Picked by many to be the surprise team of the year before the season, the Golden Bears have ripped off 7 in a row, including beating two Arizona schools in Berkley.
3 Arizona State
1-1
12-2
Arizona State has looked so good lately, some were picking them to win the Pac-10 over UCLA. Blowing out Stanford by 30 helps. A win against Cal would have cemented those feelings but it wasn't meant to be.
4 Washington
1-0 10-3
After going 2-3 in their first 5 games, it looked like the Huskies were going to have a tough year. Playing 8 home games in a row helped going 7-8 for the homestand. Going to Pullman and getting a 20 point win helps too.
5 USC 1-1 10-4 The Trojans looked to keep their winning streak going as they started Pac-10 play. After dispatching Oregon with a brilliant second half performance, USC got upended by the Beavers at Gill. Nothing like a "Just like Football!" chant coming out of Corvallis
6 Stanford 1-1 11-1 Stanford lost the Lopez Brothers. All was going to be awful in Cardinal land this year. Think again. You know, they did have 3 other returning starters right? The only loss they have is to Arizona State but being blown out is never good
7 Arizona 0-2 9-5 Lute is gone and if that isn't bad enough, a former broadcaster from Arizona State is running the team. They have the Oregon schools at home up next and are must win games.
8 Oregon St
1-1 6-6 Oregon State has already won more games in the Pac-10 than all of last year. Coach Robinson has brought change to Oregon State and the Beavs have shown tremendous improvement. Confidence is building in Corvallis. Losing to UCLA was expected. Winning against USC was not.
9 Washington St. 0-1 8-5 After starting the season with 5 straight wins, the Cougars lost a must win game against LSU in Baton Rouge and then got blown out by 20 against UW at home.
10 Oregon 0-2 6-8 Even though Oregon has had arguably the toughest non-conference schedule up until this point, the Ducks haven't finished the job against USC or UCLA, blowing several opportunities to win both games.

 

 

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