2012 College Football Rankings: Week 7 Pac-12 Power Rankings

Pac-12 Power Rankings: How Far Can the Beavers Go Without Mannion?

10/11/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ Pac-12 power rankings: Week 7

1. Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12; LW: No. 1) -- 
An Alabama-Oregon national championship matchup is becoming more and more inevitable with the way both teams are playing. And boy, that would be one helluvah game. Next up: BYEOctober 6, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) runs the ball against the Washington Huskies at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE

2. USC (4-1, 2-1; LW: No. 2) -- Barkley lit the place up for 300-plus yards and three touchdown passes and it seems as if the world is back to its natural order. Next up: at Washington Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).

3. Stanford (4-1, 2-1; LW: No. 5) -- Josh Nunes looked like Andrew Luck in a 54-48 OT win over Arizona last week, where he served as a dual-threat all while involving many receivers. The Cardinal finally got consistency from their junior QB, but the defense failed to show up. Next up: at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC).

4. Oregon State (4-0, 3-0; LW: No. 3) -- The Beavers don't drop because they only put up 19 points against an abysmal Washington State defense, no, they drop because they've lost their starting quarterback Sean Mannion to knee surgery. And they'll likely drop again following the weekend. Next up: at BYU, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC).

5. Arizona State (4-1, 2-0; LW: No. 7) -- Two weeks to prepare for Colorado is like ordering a second round of 151: you just don't need it. Next up: at Colorado, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN).

6. Washington (3-2, 1-1; LW: No. 4) -- Things are starting to get tricky in the latter half of the Pac-12. There aren't very many good-looking teams after No. 5 at the moment, and although Keith Price is still the quarterback, Washington isn't an exception. Next up: vs. USC, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (Fox).

7. UCLA (4-2, 1-2; LW: No. 6) --  Did somebody push the panic button? No. PUSH THE PANIC BUTTON! The Bruins have been outscored 70-34 in their two losses, including a 43-17 panic-worthy fallout to a 1-4 Cal team. Next up: vs. Utah, 3 p.m. ET (Fox).

8. Arizona (3-3, 0-3; LW: No. 8) -- Three straight losses for the Wildcats have them at the bottom of the South division. They won't go away, however, as the last two have come by a total of nine points. Next up: BYE

9. Cal (2-4, 1-2; LW: No. 10) -- Somebody must have told coach Jeff Tedford that he needs at least six wins to keep his job, or something. Next up: at Washington State, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

10. Utah (2-3, 0-2; LW: No. 9) -- The Utes played well in the first half against USC, but allowed the Trojans to go on a 28-7 run in a 38-28 loss at home. Next up: at UCLA, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Fox).

11. Colorado (1-4, 0-2; LW: No. 11) -- We'll see if the bye week will help the Buf—HAHAHA I can't do it. The Sun Devils will likely put up 50 tonight. Next up: at Arizona State, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN).

12. Washington State (2-4, 0-3; LW: No. 12) -- Six points isn't very Leach-esque, but at least the Cougars' defense looked promising. Next up: vs. Cal, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).

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