FanIQ Pac-12 power rankings: Week 8
1. Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12; LW: No. 1) -- The Ducks will surely be tested by a much improved Sun Devil squad, but giving Chip Kelly two weeks to prepare for anything is almost unfair. Next up: at Arizona State, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN).
2. USC (5-1, 2-1; LW: No. 2) -- This isn't the type of season we had expected from the Trojan offense. Matt Barkley, who is supposed to be the catalyst to an explosive unit, is on pace for 2,950 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions through the regular season, while completing just 62.7 percent of his passes — all much lower than his junior campaign. Next up: vs. Colorado, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
3. Oregon State (5-0, 3-0; LW: No. 4) -- Backup quarterback Cody Vaz stepped up big in replace of injured Sean Mannion, who had knee surgery last week. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns against a solid defense in hostile territory, holding the Beavers' surprising undefeated record intact. Next up: vs. Utah, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
4. Arizona State (5-1, 3-0; LW: No. 5) -- Arizona State scored 31 unanswered points in the second half to beat a pesky Colorado team, 51-20. This is the kind of offensive electric the Sun Devils are going to need to stand a chance against Oregon. Next up: vs. Oregon, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN).
5. Stanford (4-2, 2-1; LW: No. 3) -- Being a victim of a goal line stand in overtime is pretty heartbreaking, but I expect coach David Shaw to have his troops ready for a road trip to Cal. The Cardinal will need to have a short memory and not come out sluggish, because the Golden Bears will not show sympathy. Next up: at Cal, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Fox).
6. UCLA (5-2, 2-2; LW: No. 7) -- The only thing on Jim Mora's mind for the next two weeks: Arizona State. And that's how it should be for a team struggling to stay relevant. Next up: BYE
7. Washington (3-3, 1-2; LW: No. 6) -- Washington's secondary did an incredible job limiting Barkley to just 167 yards and forcing a pick, but the front seven was hammered all night on the ground and the offense coughed up the ball four times. Next up: at Arizona, Saturday, 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
8. Cal (3-4, 2-2; LW: No. 9) -- Two straight wins have the Golden Bears thinking they'll make a bowl and the season will be salvaged. Little do they know they are dooming themselves by allowing Jeff Tedford to remain head coach, and will endure meritocracy for more years to come. Next up: vs. Stanford, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (Fox).
9. Arizona (3-3, 0-3; LW: No. 8) -- The outcome of Rich Rodriguez's inaugural season with the Wildcats will likely be determined this weekend when hosting Washington. Next up: vs. Washington, Saturday, 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
10. Utah (2-4, 0-3; LW: No. 10) -- Utah fell to 0-4 in the Pac-12 before finishing 4-5 (8-5 overall) last season. Not saying that a repeat isn't reachable or anything, but with the problems it's facing between quarterback health and offensive line inconsistency, it doesn't seem likely. Next up: at Oregon State, Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
11. Colorado (1-5, 0-3; LW: No. 11) -- Football is a game of two halves. That's unfortunate for the Buffaloes, who let a three-point halftime deficit escalate to 34 by game's end. Next up: at USC, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
12. Washington State (2-5, 0-4; LW: No. 12) -- A Mike Leach-led team is averaging an NCAA 103rd-ranked offense? That's what happens when defenses key on the pass game and drop seven and eight into coverage. Next up: BYE
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