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October 14, 2007 at 3:40 PM

Ranking the Pac

Finally got back after a long flight back, though surely not as long as the team’s flight last night.
Anyway, here’s my updated Pac-10 rankings.
1, Oregon — Ducks answered a big question Saturday by showing they aren’t going to let some adversity detail the season. Oregon has some issues this week with WR Cameron Colvin and RB Jeremiah Johnson out with injuries. But overall, no team Pac-10 team is playing better, an ominous thought for Husky fans with the Ducks due in this week.
2, Cal — We’ll write off a lot of what happened against Oregon State due to playing with a backup QB. Still, with hopes having gotten so high, the Bears now have to rally quickly emotionally as they head to UCLA next week.
3, Arizona State — Might be time to start believing in the Sun Devils. Sure, the schedule has been soft. But ASU has also done with it what good teams do — win most of them easily and still win the ones when it didn’t play all that well. Now has a bye before hosting Cal in two weeks.
4, USC — All is obviously far from well with the Trojans. But a win is a lot better than a loss, and that defense is still salty. And maybe Joe McKnight will be the answer to the running game. All of Pac-10 has to root for a USC win at Notre Dame Saturday.
5, Oregon State — Year-in, year-out, the most mercurial team in the conference — that was OSU’s third win in Berkeley in five years. But now with home games remaining against UW and Stanford, as well as a trip to WSU, this could be another seven or eight win season in the offing.
6, UCLA — Home game with Cal next week will show whether Karl Dorrell was able to figure anything out about that offense during the bye week.
7, Stanford �” Might be tempting to say the loss to TCU puts Stanford right back where it was. But I think it gave just more evidence that the Cardinal is going to be a tough game for everyone it plays the rest of the season. And did you know Stanford has more Pac-10 wins the last three seasons than UW — six to four.
8, Arizona — Wildcats could have gotten a win that might have quelled all the talk about Mike Stoops’ job. Still, it showed that Arizona is still playing with some grit. A home game this week with Stanford could really tell the tale on Stoops.
9, Washington — Huskies are now 4-16 in Pac-10 play under Tyrone Willingham and the road gets no easier with Oregon coming to town this week.
10, Washington State — Bill Doba sadly rising higher on the coaches hot seat list.

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