While the Pac-12 slate didn't look all that interesting this week, the games proved to be quite enthralling. Washington/Arizona and Utah/Stanford went down to the wire. But the real action was in Corvallis. Arizona State had climbed up to No. 6 in the college football playoff rankings, giving themselves a chance into the dance with wins over Arizona and Oregon. Instead, even their chances to make the Pac-12 Championship Game likely went up in smoke in Corvallis as the improbable Beavers, facing a ten point halftime deficit, showed life for the first time all season. They didn't just beat the Sun Devils, they beat them up and shut them down, and sent ASU back to the desert as the week's biggest losers. Fans in Los Angeles, Westwood, and Tucson approve wholeheartedly. Here are your power rankings this week.
1. Oregon (9-1, 6-1) BYE
The Ducks got to sit back a week and look at getting healthy. Colorado comes to town with absolutely nothing to lose.
Outside of Oregon, this may be the worst division in football. These teams are not worthy of touching the Ducks.
3. Oregon State (5-5, 2-5) 35-27 vs. Arizona State
This division is terrible, so beating a top ten team gets you this spot for a week. The Beavers will inevitably fall to bottom again when they put up 210 yards and throw five interceptions in a loss to Washington next week. At least they have more top-25 wins this year than Florida State.
4. California (5-5, 3-5) 30-38 at USC
I'm beginning to think that Cal is the second best team in this division and, after they beat a terrible Stanford team to win the axe, and a bad BYU squad, they'll have a legit seven wins, which is impressive after the disaster they were last season.
5. Stanford (5-5, 3-4) 17-20 vs. Utah in OT
With Cal and UCLA left on the schedule, it's conceivable, perhaps even probable, that they don't go bowling this year. I'm all broken up about that.
6. Washington (6-5, 2-5) 26-27 at Arizona
It ain't so easy when you're not playing New Mexico and Wyoming every week, is it Coach Pete?
7. Washington State (3-7, 2-5) BYE
Also has more top-25 wins than Florida State.
1. UCLA (8-2, 5-2) BYE
I keep telling myself that UCLA isn't any good, and yet here they are. Huh.
2. USC (7-3, 6-2) 38-30 vs. Cal
USC is starting to figure it out, and their three losses are by a total of 13 points. But losing to Boston College remains unforgivable.
3. Arizona (8-2, 5-2) 27-26 vs. Washington
It seems like Arizona's best football is behind them this season. With a trip to Salt Lake City and a Territorial Cup tilt with ASU, they have the Pac's toughest remaining schedule.
4. Arizona State (8-2, 5-2) 28-35 at Oregon State
5. Utah (7-3, 4-3) 20-17 at Stanford in OT
The top five teams in the South are all better than the No. 2 team in the North.
6. Colorado (2-8, 0-7) BYE
Would probably finish third in the ACC.
Washington State at Arizona State
Colorado at Oregon
Arizona at Utah
Oregon State at Washington
Stanford at California
USC at UCLA