November 2, 2010

PAC-10 Power Rankings Redux

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By The Daily Axe Staff
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We’re revisiting our PAC-10 Power Rankings that we scoped out in Week 5. The Ducks still sit pretty at the top of the list, Washington State remains at the bottom, and most teams are in the same general area that they were in early in October. Coming into the end of the season, we’re reassessing which teams are good, which are average, are which teams are in good positions to play in bowl games.

  1. Oregon (8-0, 5-0) No other team has a legitimate claim to the top spot. Oregon is the only unbeaten team in the conference, is the #1 team in the country according to every reputable poll and the BCS, and will surely be in the BCS National Championship Game if Chip Kelly and Company can keep on winning. The Ducks have also convincingly beaten our #2 team in the conference, and have phenomenal athleticism throughout the skill positions.

    These aren't your (great-grand)father's Oregon Ducks.

  2. Stanford (7-1, 4-1) Stanford jumps Arizona despite the Card’s troubles over the last few weeks. The distinction between Stanford and Arizona is largely irrelevant now–the Cardinal and Wildcats will duke it out on the Farm on Saturday and tell us which team is better.
  3. Arizona (7-1, 4-1) See above, but Arizona drops a spot after losing quarterback Nick Foles and having trouble putting UCLA away last week.
    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 09:  Quarterback Ryan Kat...
    Ryan Katz leads the OSU passing game. (Image by Getty Images via @daylife)
  4. Oregon State (4-3, 3-1) The Beavers dropped a double-overtime heart-breaker to Washington–one of the weakest teams in the conference–but has racked up nice wins versus Cal and Arizona State and at Arizona. OSU lost stand-out wide receiver James Rodgers for the season, but is still a threat to contend for the conference crown and perhaps even upset Oregon in the Civil War.
  5. USC (5-3, 2-3) The Trojans don’t play good defense and Matt Barkley still makes costly mistakes, but USC is loaded with talent and is skilled enough to pull off big wins. Remember how closely the men of Troy played Stanford just a few weeks ago.
  6. Cal (4-4, 2-3) We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Cal plays great some days, but horribly the others. It is worth mentioning that the Bears are perfect in Berkeley and winless on the road.
  7. Arizona State (4-4, 2-3) As much as we wanted to put the Sun Devils ahead of Cal, Cal blew ASU out two weeks ago. ASU is improving and has played a number of excellent teams (Oregon, Wisconsin, Oregon State) close.
  8. Washington (3-5, 2-3) If you watched Saturday’s Stanford-Washington game, you know how bad the Huskies can look. With a hurt Jake Locker and a defense that’s yet to play a good game this season, don’t look for great things from Seattle for at least the remainder of 2010.
  9. UCLA (3-5, 1-4) The Bruins’ win at Texas on September 25 looks less and less impressive with each loss the Longhorns accumulate in the Big 12. UCLA’s only good chance to win another game this season will be on November 18 when they face Washington after a bye week.
  10. Washington State (1-8, 0-6) The Cougars are improving, but this team is putrid.

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