Pac-10 power rankings
Sorting out the Pac-10 pecking order after 13 weeks.
California moves past Arizona for fourth, the Bears' entire season eclipsing their loss at Arizona. Washington State, of course, moves out of the basement, which is now the domain of Washington, the only winless team in FBS football.
Is there a game in Oregon this weekend?
1. USC: USC adherents have no love for Notre Dame, and they should be even less affectionate now that the Irish offer little for the Trojans to work with in terms of increasing their national standing. After all, whipping Notre Dame by many TDs only means they whipped a team that lost to, gulp, Syracuse.
2. Oregon State: The Beavers passed their gut check at Arizona, winning with a backup quarterback and without freshman phenom running back Jacquizz Rodgers, who was sidelined early with a shoulder injury. Now it's one game for the Roses. Just so happens that game is against their nationally ranked archrival. That makes this the biggest Civil War since 2000, when both teams were fighting for BCS bowl berths. Intrigue for the week: Who's the Beavers QB and will Rodgers play?
3. Oregon: Ducks, coming off a bye week, would love nothing more than to end the Beavers' run for the Roses. Both teams are coming off competitive wins over Arizona, though accomplished in far different ways. Expect a nail-biter in this very, very friendly game (kidding!).
4. California: A big win in the Big Game means the Bears will beat Washington on Dec. 6 and notch their eighth victory, thereby setting themselves up for a nice bowl berth -- potentially the Holiday Bowl if Oregon State beats Oregon and USC wins out. Fair to say last year's second-half collapse officially becomes old news as of the typing of this final word. Word.
5. Arizona: This team is better than its 6-5 record indicates, but that's just whistling in the dark because if you can't prove it, you ain't it. Feels like this won't be a successful season unless the Wildcats come back and beat Arizona State on Dec. 6. Got to learn to win the close ones, Cats.
6. Stanford: Cardinal is done for the year, bowl-less for a seventh consecutive season. This program is clearly on the uptick under coach Jim Harbaugh, but the humbling in the Big Game showed that there is still a ways to go.
7. Arizona State: Big opportunity here for the Sun Devils to transform their season with their next two games, and it will be a big test of Dennis Erickson's considerable coaching ingenuity to get his team to buy in and then execute. First up is UCLA on Friday. Then a visit from Arizona on Dec. 6. Two wins and the Sun Devils, left for dead during a six-game losing streak, can earn bowl eligibility.
8. UCLA: Just like Arizona State, UCLA has a route to bowl eligibility, but the Bruins' path has to pass through USC. A little tougher. Still, the moment people write off Rick Neuheisel is typically when he sticks a pin in their balloon of ridicule, grinning and affable as he does so.
9. Washington State: The Cougars were more than a touchdown underdog at home to a winless team, but they beat the hated Washington Huskies. It seemed that the Cougars were overmatched throughout the game, but they beat the hated Washington Huskies. The Cougars were widely considered the nation's worst team, but they aren't because they beat the hated Washington Huskies. A wide grin covers the entire eastern portion of the state, and there will be much crimson gloating in offices across Seattle.
119. Washington: Bad dawgs. Bad. Very, very bad. Bad. Bad. Bad.
Final Hawaii 12 Colorado 21 Final Utah 26 Michigan 10 Final Georgia State 14 Washington 45 Final California 45 Arizona 49 Final 2 Oregon 38 Washington State 31 Final San Diego State 7 Oregon State 28