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September 16, 2007 at 9:18 AM

Rating the Pac

We’ll see how big a hit the Pac-10 reputation takes after this weekend. Sure, USC won big, but the Trojans are almost their own separate entity these days.
UCLA was shockingly embarassed, UW lost its status as the new chic team in college football, Arizona lost at home to New Mexico, the Lobos’ first win over a Pac-10 team in almost 30 years, WSU struggled more than it should have with Idaho, and Arizona State looked a little sluggish against San Diego State.
Maybe conference play, which begins in earnest next week, will revive everyone a little bit.
Here are this week’s ratings:
1, USC — If the Trojans have really found a running game look out. That was one of the few lingering question marks about the Trojans, but 313 rushing yards and five rushing TDs at Nebraska would seem to have answered that.
2, Cal — The Bears won by 30 but Jeff Tedford still wasn’t happy, saying the Bears are not playing to their potential. That could be a scary thought, as well. Sure they will be fired up this week for Arizona, which upset them a year ago.
3, Oregon — Maybe the Ducks really are that good. They have now outscored their foes by a combined 139-55. And the rout of Michigan last week looks a lot better now.
4, Arizona State — ASU got to 3-0 Saturday and we remain in the corner that the Sun Devils will be extremely dangerous this year. But East Valley columnist Scott Bordow was left unimpressed considering the soft slate the Sun Devils have played. Also news that an ASU assistant is under investigation for potential NCAA violations while he was at New Mexico.
5, Washington — Here’s where it gets hard. The middle of the Pac-10 pack is pretty indistinguishable right now, but we’ll put the Huskies here based on the schedule faced so far.
6, Oregon State — Sure, it was just Idaho State, but the big news was that the Beavers got Sammie Strougher back involved in a big way (nine catches, 160 yards). That right there will make the Beavers that much better.
7, UCLA — How did that happen? Karl Dorrell is again facing the heat after that debacle. Utah players had some harsh words for the Bruins afterward, one calling them “overrated.” An interesting setting for the Huskies to enter next weekend.
8, Washington State — Cougars continue to throw the ball well, which means they’ll have a puncher’s chance every time out. But they are also still just a little too sloppy.
9, Stanford — Stanford’s 37-0 win over San Jose State set all kinds of “first time since” types of stats. It was the first 100-yard game for a Stanford back, for instance, since the 2004 game against Washington, which seems pretty hard to believe. This is a rapidly improving team that figures to pull a few upsets this year.
10, Arizona — Okay, we’re fimly off the UA bandwagon after the 29-27 loss to New Mexico. Sounds as if the people in Tucson are, as well, which could be really bad news for fourth-year coach Mike Stoops.
JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT. …
— Boise State got what sounds like a pretty dull 24-14 win over Wyoming. That doesn’t necessarily make UW’s win over the Broncos look a whole lot better.
— Then there’s Syracuse, which gave up 378 rushing yards to Illinois in another blowout loss. Greg Robinson sounds like a coach on his way out.

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