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COMIC: Rat’s Nest #3
Olivia MoreyFebruary 28, 2024
 

Pac-12 Power Rankings – Week Eight: See where the rest of the Pac-12 stands

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Tyler Baker

Players celebrate on the field at the Homecoming game at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Wildcats lost by only 3 points.

North

1. Stanford — Christian McCaffrey was not satisfied with eclipsing 100 yards rushing so he also added 100 yards receiving to his dark horse Heisman campaign.

2. California — Besides Stanford, all of the California schools love to get your hopes up, go on a two-game losing streak, then beat someone in conference. Jared Goff will either have the game of his career or put up a complete clunker and allow USC back into the division hunt.

3. Washington State — Thanks for crashing the party and ruining Arizona’s Homecoming. I hope McCaffrey scores on you in every way imaginable this Saturday.

4. Oregon — If Oregon wants any shot at a bowl bid (which sounded preposterous at the beginning of the season), this is likely their easiest game remaining, besides the Beavers. But in the weirdest Pac-12 Conference season in some time, how shocking would it be to see Oregon State upset Oregon and deny them a bowl bid?

5. Washington — With the exception of Stanford, all of their losses came by single digits, so they might be better than their record shows. Yes, winning is all that matters, but they could definitely beat Arizona this week and few would be shocked by the outcome.

6. Oregon State — Basketball season is only a month away, so there is a bright side.


South

1. Utah — Every time an unexpected team tries to run the table, they lose to the team you would least expect. Now the Pac-12 South is open again for UCLA, ASU and USC to try and claw their way back. I also have to give my condolences to that player JuJu Smith pointed at and then proceeded to stiff-arm, because that was just rude.

2. UCLA — The Bruins beating Cal coupled with Utah losing to USC brings UCLA back within striking distance of the South title. They will probably beat Utah head-to-head, but it probably won’t matter because they will also blow a game like Wazzu or USC to end their regular season.

3. USC — After getting a coach fired and failing to meet expectations, USC continues to defy logic by beating the then No. 3 Utah Utes. JuJu Smith falcon punched a man and USC is again back in business in the Pac-12 South.

4. ASU — Two of the biggest preseason picks to represent the Pac-12 in the playoff now have to battle it out to stay above .500. Whomever I pick to win this game will promptly disappoint, so I predict a stellar performance from Mike Bercovici.

5. Arizona — Homecoming may have been ruined but at least Arizona is still one win away from being bowl eligible. Which, after making the Fiesta Bowl last year, isn’t exactly what the Wildcats aspired to have as an encore. Washington up next should be winnable, but you never know this season.

6. Colorado — This is the week they should have made the guarantee after they beat the worst team in the conference: Oregon State. They could pride themselves on winning the Pac-12 Toliet Bowl at their offseason banquet.


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