- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better.
1. Oregon: The Ducks' workmanlike overwhelming of USC in the Coliseum left little doubt about their standing in the Pac-10 and nationally.
2. Stanford: The dominant performance at Washington suggested that Stanford is a legitimate top-10 team. But can the Cardinal maintain the high level of play on both sides of the ball over the home stretch, starting Saturday vs. Arizona?
3. Oregon State: The extra two defeats don't look good on the record but perhaps -- as coach Mike Riley said when speaking of playing both TCU and Boise State -- those tough games prepared the Beavers for a tough Pac-10 schedule.
4. Arizona: Fourth? Well, the Beavers beat the Wildcats and blew out California, which the Wildcats needed a late drive to beat at home. And allowing UCLA to survive into the fourth quarter -- no matter the statistical domination with a backup quarterback -- isn't good. Of course, all the Wildcats need to do to move back to No. 2 is win at Stanford on Saturday.
5. USC: Some Trojans billed their game vs. No. 2 Oregon as their bowl game. So does that mean the season is over? How they react during the season's home stretch will be interesting.
6. California: Cal is like a box of chocolates. Sometimes your chocolate has a big load of stink inside. Wait. Your box of chocolates doesn't have that? Hmm. We're going to get an early preview of life after quarterback Kevin Riley, too.
7. Arizona State: Folks projecting a flat performance and an upset loss to Washington State proved wrong. Very wrong. But can the Sun Devils find some consistency and get to a bowl game?
8. UCLA: The Bruins fought hard against Arizona, but they couldn't make the plays needed to win.
9. Washington: A season of great hope for the Huskies has hit, to use coach Steve Sarkisian's term, "rock bottom."
10. Washington State: The Cougars are back firmly in the cellar after getting whipped at Arizona State.