Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Final Pac-10 power rankings
By Ted Miller
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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.