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Final Pac-10 power rankings

1/11/2011

If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better.

Next year. (You can see the power rankings from the end of the regular season here).

1. Oregon: The Ducks lost the national title game, but they were unbeaten in Pac-10 play.

2. Stanford: Stanford was dominant in the Discover Orange Bowl, looking like a team no one would want to play right now.

3. Washington: Huskies only finished 7-6, but they won their bowl game over a ranked Nebraska team after finishing 5-4 in conference play.

4. USC: The Trojans would have given the Pac-10 a fifth bowl team if not for NCAA sanctions.

5. Arizona State: The Sun Devils finished strong and look like the favorite in the first season of the Pac-12 South next fall.

6. Oregon State: The Beavers get the nod over Arizona because: 1. They won at Arizona; 2. They had the same conference record; 3. Arizona laid an egg in its bowl game against Oklahoma State.

7. Arizona: See above. The Wildcats were once a top-10 team.

8. California: This is not where Jeff Tedford wants his program to be, but losing four of your final five games leaves you here.

9. UCLA: UCLA regressed in 2010, and that leaves coach Rick Neuheisel on the hot seat.

10. Washington State: While the Cougars were significantly improved from the previous two seasons -- absolute disasters -- they will need to take a big step forward in 2011 for Paul Wulff to remain head coach.