Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Pac-12 power rankings: Week 15
By Ted Miller
If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, you should have played better.
See last week's power rankings here.
These power rankings more reflect the totality of the regular season.
1. Stanford: The Cardinal certainly earned the Pac-12 title and the Rose Bowl berth, beating all five of the six teams immediately below it here that it played.
2. Oregon: The Ducks will get their shot at Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. A win means another top-five final ranking.
3. Oregon State: If it's not the best one-year turnaround in Pac-12 history, it's certainly one of the best.
4. UCLA: Being so close to the Rose Bowl and falling short at Stanford certainly hurts... but think how bad things felt last year at this time, Bruins fans.
5. Arizona State: Without question, year one under new coach Todd Graham was a success.
6. Arizona: The Wildcats posted some quality wins -- Oklahoma State, Washington, USC -- in their first season with Rich Rodriguez, but the one at the end hurt a bit.
7. USC: In August, Trojans fans imagined an trip to South Beach in January. Instead, they get El Paso.
8. Washington: After choking against rival Washington State in the season-finale, the Huskies really need to win their bowl game to wash the terrible taste out of their mouths.
9. Utah: The Utes need to focus on what can move them up in the Pac-12 pecking order: Recruiting. The Utes need better size, speed and depth.
10. California: Bears fans are probably no longer looking back at a lost season. They are looking forward to a new coach.
11. Washington State: The Apple Cup euphoria is nice, but it doesn't block out the reality: A 3-9 finish, a fifth consecutive season with four or fewer wins.
12. Colorado: Just like Cal fans, Colorado fans only want to look forward. Looking back at the past two years might cause Buffs to rip their eyes out.