- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, you should have played better.
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.