- 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: Ducks moved up to No. 3 in the AP poll and announced themselves as national title contenders with a dominating win over Stanford.
2. Arizona: The Wildcats don't visit Oregon until Nov. 26. But during the bye weekend they surely got an eyeful of an Oregon State team that seemed to find itself. Beavers are in Tucson on Saturday.
3. Stanford: While the loss at Oregon was humbling, particularly after taking a 21-3 lead, there wasn't anything during the game that suggested the Cardinal aren't a top-15 team. Getting its receivers healthy would help, too.
4. Oregon State: What we know: Oregon State isn't good enough to win early-season games on the road versus top-five teams. What we suspect: The Beavers are still pretty good and getting better.
5. UCLA: With starting quarterback Kevin Prince on the bench with a knee injury, and coming off a huge win at Texas, the Bruins looked primed for a monumental upset against Washington State. But then they asserted themselves in the fourth quarter.
6. Washington: Nebraska embarrassed the Huskies and quarterback Jake Locker. Two ways to react: fold or fight back. Washington chose the latter and put its season back on track with a win at USC.
7. California: The Bears had a bye. We should start to figure them out Saturday when UCLA visits. The guess here is the second go-around against a pistol offense will go better than the first at Nevada.
8. USC: Now the question is how the Trojans react to a loss. If they don't bring their best, most physical game to Stanford, they are going to get rolled by what figures to be a pretty angry Cardinal team.
9. Arizona State: At some point close stops counting and you have to win. Too many mistakes to win -- see 10 interceptions and 85 yards in penalties per game.
10. Washington State: Close counts for the Cougars. It may be all they can hope for this fall.
If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better.1. Oregon: Ducks moved up to No. 3 in the AP poll and announced themselves as national title contenders with a dominating win over Stanford.