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Pac-12 power rankings, week 8

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Reilly Kneedler
Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham takes the field before a 37-32 loss to Washington State in Sun Devil Stadium, in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

This installment of the Pac-12 power rankings sees Washington remain at the top and the Wildcats remain at the bottom.

North-

1. Washington- The undefeated Huskies continued to roll in Saturday’s win over Oregon State. With Ohio State falling, Washington is in prime position for a playoff berth at the moment, sitting at No. 4 in the current ESPN poll. Wazzu is lurking at the end of the schedule and would like nothing more than to spoil Washington’s season.

2. Washington State- Despite its record, Wazzu still is not ranked in the AP poll. Don’t look now, but both Washington and Washington State are still undefeated in conference play. This will be an Apple Cup that will rock the state of Washington to the core.

3. Cal- The Golden Bears beat Oregon 52-49 in another #pac12afterdark thriller Friday night. They are two games behind both Washington schools, but can still have a better year than Bay Area rival Stanford.

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4. Stanford- Despite giving Christian McCaffrey 24 touches, The Cardinal were only able to muster five points against Colorado. However, Stanford should not worry, as it faces Arizona next week in Tucson.

5. Oregon State- The Beavers’ season has not gone well, but they are still better than rival Oregon. Oregon State will not reach a bowl, but there is still Oregon and Arizona on the schedule., so four wins is in play.

6. Oregon- The Ducks are now 2-5 and their season is all but over. Look on the bright side, Oregon: Your basketball team could run away with the Pac-12 Conference and make a run at the Final Four.

South-

1. Utah- The Utes beat UCLA in a thriller and now get Washington at home this week. A potential Pac-12 championship preview will show the nation what the conference is about.

2. Colorado- The Pac-12 is not known for defense, but the Buffaloes did defeat Stanford 10-5. Coach McIntyre bought his team In-N-Out Burger last week after the win, so he should definitely garner Pac-12 Coach of the Year consideration. Colorado was in the cellar of the power rankings last year, and now it’s a Pac-12 contender.

3. USC- The Trojans had a bye and this week next take on a California team coming off a 52-point outburst last week. Juju Smith-Schuster and Chad Hansen will have plenty of opportunities to show who the Pac-12’s top receiver is.

4. ASU- The Sun Devils lost to Wazzu, but at least Todd Graham got to yell at Mike Leach after the game. You can come into the Sun Devil’s house and win, but don’t you dare open your mouth about Todd Graham.

5. UCLA- A Josh Rosen-less Bruins squad equaled a big problem for UCLA, as it fell to 3-5 on the season and 1-4 in conference play. The Bruins travel to Colorado next week, so their bowl chances are currently on life support.

6. Arizona- To the delight of Wildcats fans everywhere, Arizona did not lose over the weekend. Homecoming is this week, so alumni from across the country can see what this Wildcats team is made of. See last year’s Colorado team to figure out where Arizona sits among Pac-12 schools.


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