Here’s a look at our Week 8 Pac-12 power rankings that will publish in Thursday’s paper. As always, keep in mind this is intended to be a weekly snapshot of which teams are playing the best, and is not a predicted order of finish. Well, except for Oregon. Last week’s rank in parentheses.
1. Oregon (1) – Hard to see Ducks losing again before the national title game.
2. UCLA (4) – Can lay claim to being second-best in Pac-12 by beating Stanford.
3. Oregon State (6) – Just imagine if Beavers had beaten Eastern Washington.
4. Utah (7) – Best Pac-12 team Kyle Whittingham has ever coached.
5. Arizona State (8) – Game against UW could make or break season. Same could be said for Huskies.
6. Washington (3) – Lose to ASU this week, and Huskies might be making reservations for El Paso.
7. Stanford (2) – Cardinal would be higher if this wasn’t a weekly snapshot. But it is. So they’re not.
8. USC (9) – Ed Orgeron got Trojans off the mat. Can he keep them there?
9. Arizona (10) – Wildcats badly miss Matt Scott.
10. Washington State (5) – There’s a word some use for what WSU did in Saturday’s fourth quarter, but it’s better left unsaid.
11. California (12) – Sonny Dykes can coach, but cupboard is becoming barer by the week.
12. Colorado (11) – Buffaloes looking more and more like last year’s version.
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