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November 30, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Ranking the Pac

We take a brief respite from coaching news for our weekly Pac-10 rankings, which have actually been on hiatus for a week or two, so we’ll try to make these extra good.
1, USC — Ultimately, this is where they always end up. No chance they blow it against UCLA.
2, Oregon — Not a bad season for what some thought was a little of a rebuilding year following the losses of Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart. Oregon will have to replace three starters on each line next year, however.
3, Oregon State — What a tough way to lose the Rose Bowl — at home, giving up almost 700 yards to the Ducks. Beavers will lose eight starters on defense and 13 overall, so they’ll have a little rebuilding to do next year. But that was also the thought heading into this season and it turned out all right.
4, Cal — Bears could still easily wind up 9-4, not bad for a supposed disappointing season. A few schools in the state of Washington would love to be that disappointed right now.
5, Arizona Mike Stoops may need to beat Arizona State to save his job.
6, Stanford
— On the edge of a breakthrough all season but couldn’t quite get over the hump. But if Jim Harbaugh stays, future seems bright.
7, Arizona State — Proving to be the best of the worst of the Pac-10. An upset of Arizona would get them a bowl game.
8, UCLA — This may be a bigger rebuilding job than Rick Neuheisel anticipated.
9, Washington State — Head into off-season with as much momentum as any team can that set all kinds of records for ineptness. The defense, in particular, got a lot better as the year wore on. But the Cougars really need work on offense especially considering the only real consistent threat — WR Brandon Gibson — is graduating.
10, Washington — The one bright spot is that a week from today, this era of UW football will be officially over.

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