Pac-12 Power Rankings: Stanford vs. UCLA in Title Game
1. Stanford (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12; LW: No. 1) – The Cardinal are playing UCLA for the second time in less than a week this Friday, and they’re hoping the outcome is the same as last time – except now the stakes are higher. Next up: vs. UCLA, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (Fox).
2. Oregon (11-1, 8-1; LW: No. 2) – Chip Kelly and the Ducks are sitting at home for the Pac-12 Championship Game, but will still find a spot in a BCS bowl. Next up: bowl game.
3. UCLA (9-3, 6-3; LW: No. 3) – Were the Bruins really trying to beat Stanford the first time around? Or did they play dead so that they didn’t have to play Oregon in the conference title game? Hmm. Next up: vs. Stanford, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (Fox).
4. Oregon State (8-3, 6-3; LW: No. 4) – The Beavers allowed 430 rushing yards and six touchdowns via the ground game against Oregon, but should be able to bounce back nicely against FCS Nicholls State. Next up: vs. Nicholls State, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
5. Arizona State (7-5, 5-4; LW: No. 8) – After losing four games in a row, the Sun Devils came together to put two straight wins heading into bowl season, which is a good time to figure things out. Next up: bowl game.
6. Arizona (7-5, 4-5; LW: No. 5) – The Wildcats are known for blowing late leads, and that’s exactly what they did against Arizona State. Maybe they should try coming from behind in their bowl game. Next up: bowl game.
7. USC (7-5, 5-4; LW: No. 6) – It’s hard to believe this was the consensus No. 1 team in the country for a few weeks to start the season. The Trojans have completely fallen apart, dropping four of their last five games to stagger into the postseason. Next up: bowl game.
8. Washington (7-5, 5-4; LW: No. 7) – What happened to the Huskies in the fourth quarter last week against lowly Washington State? They blew an 18-point lead against a team that scored 18 or more points in just six games all of this season. Next up: bowl game.
9. Utah (5-7, 3-6; LW: No. 9) – Reggie Dunn broke the NCAA record with his fifth kick return touchdown in a 42-35 win over Colorado last weekend. Next up: none.
10. Cal (3-9, 2-7; LW: No. 10) – Who will replace Jeff Tedford as the Golden Bears’ coach? Hue Jackson? Mark Helfrich? What about Chris Petersen? Look for a decision to be made within the next two weeks. Next up: none.
11. Washington State (3-9, 1-8; LW: No. 12) – WSU’s win vs. Washington marked its first since Week 3 when the Cougars beat UNLV. Next up: none.
12. Colorado (1-11, 1-8; LW: No. 11) – The Buffaloes’ forgettable season included four 40-plus point losses and seven by 28 points or more. And a loss to FCS Sacramento State, which finished 6-5 as a member of the Big Sky Conference. Next up: none.
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