Monday, November 29, 2010
Pac-10 Power Rankings: Week 14
By Ted Miller
If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better.
1. Oregon: The Ducks are two wins from finishing No. 1 in the power rankings that count the most. But first they must take care of the Beavers in the Civil War.
2. Stanford: Second best team in the Pac-10. Maybe the second best team in the nation. Stanford has gone from being good to being dominant.
3. Arizona: Arizona is No. 3 by default. And it did beat Washington by 30 points a month ago before the schedule got tough.
4. Arizona State: The Sun Devils can't go bowling, but if they beat Arizona they will have considerable momentum going into the offseason with a team that will be a top-level contender in 2011.
5. Washington: Huskies are rising. Kudos to Steve Sarkisian for keeping his team motivated after a horrible three-game losing streak.
6. Oregon State: It's been a disappointing season in Corvallis, but ending Oregon's national title run would be a nice consolation prize. And TCU fans love the Beavers this week.
7. USC: If the Trojans lose at UCLA on Saturday, it will be a long offseason for coach Lane Kiffin.
8. California: The Bears aren't going bowling for the first time since 2002, Jeff Tedford's first season. Tedford needs to take a long, hard look at his program -- and coaching staff -- this offseason.
9. UCLA: It would be really, really good for Rick Neuheisel to beat USC, which would put a positive end on a tough season.
10. Washington State: Cougars, off since Nov. 13, have had plenty of time to plot against Washington, which now must win the Apple Cup to become bowl eligible.