- 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: If you're looking for something to worry about, Oregon fans, the apparent knee injury to backup QB Nate Costa makes keeping Darron Thomas healthy critical. Does that mean fewer spread-option keepers? Three more games, Ducks, and you play for ...
2. Stanford: The Cardinal put on a show on both sides of the ball while dominating Arizona, making a statement that it is the best one-loss team in the nation.
3. USC: The Trojans can't play in the postseason, but they looked plenty motivated while beating Arizona State in a 34-33 nailbiter.
5. Oregon State: Sort of hard to rank the following group (Oregon State crushed Cal, Cal crushed UCLA, UCLA beat Oregon State. And Oregon State lost to Washington). The Beavers were surging, winners of three of their first four Pac-10 games. Now, well, it's hard to say.
6. California: The Bears survived at Washington State because the defense made a stand. Well, here comes Oregon. Cal D: What ya got?
7. UCLA: Just when you were ready to count UCLA out (again), it finds a way to win. Now can the Bruins find two more and become bowl eligible?
8. Arizona State: The Sun Devils are putting together a season of "what-ifs," and right now they are a team that finds ways to lose.
9. Washington: The Huskies fought hard at Oregon. They just didn't have the horses to keep up. The visit from UCLA on Nov. 18, is a must-win for bowl hopes. Will QB Jake Locker be ready to play?
10. Washington State: The Cougars led Cal at halftime. Hey, baby steps!
If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better.1. Oregon: If you're looking for something to worry about, Oregon fans, the apparent knee injury to backup QB Nate Costa makes keeping Darron Thomas healthy critical.