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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 6, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Pac-10 power ratings

Week one is in the books and while there is no change at the top or bottom, there is elsewhere:
1, USC — For one quarter you thought maybe the Trojans were looking a little mortal. Then before you know it, they’d turned what some thought might be a competitive game fro a while into a blowout. Next up, a showdown at Ohio State.
2, Cal — All those who think the Bears may be able to knock off the Trojans this year got a lot of good ammo with their thrashing of Maryland. And Kevin Riley got a nice confidence boost, as well. Next up, a breather with Eastern Washington.
3, Oregon State — Beavers didn’t have to do much to beat Portland State and they didn’t — it was one to get past with no damage. But nothing happened to downgrade the Beavers. Next up, a trip to UNLV that shouldn’t be too tough.
4, Stanford — The Cardinal is your official Pac-10 leader for two weeks after toying with the Cougars in Pullman. Toby Gerhart and crew will be a stiff test for everyone all season. Next up, a tricky trip to Wake Forest.
5, Arizona — The 19-6 win over a Central Michigan team that may turn out to be pretty good was more dominant than you might think — ‘Cats had a 448-182 yardage edge and didn’t allow a first down until late in the second quarter. Next up, a breather against NAU.
6, Arizona State — Okay, Idaho State is a lower-division team and a bad one at that, picked by some as last in the Big Sky. Still, ASU held the Bengals to 37 total yards, giving further indication that defense may indeed be pretty good. (And who made up Idaho State’s schedule? Next for the Bengals is a trip to Oklahoma). Next up for ASU is a bye.
7, Washington — Hard to move the Huskies ahead of teams that won their games decisively, but UW gave every indication that there may be a lot of games this year in which it can compete. Next up, a game against Idaho that should get the Huskies off the schneid.
8, UCLA — Bruins got a relatively easy win over San Diego State, but it was kind of ugly (three turnovers) and looked a little closer on the field than the score might indicate. Next up, a tough trip to Tennessee.
9, Oregon — In case you haven’t heard, things were a bit interesting for the Ducks this week. Saturday’s game with Purdue may be the biggest of the season for the Ducks. After that comes a visit from Utah and then Cal, meaning things could spiral quickly.
10, Washington State — Says something about where Cougars are when a 26-point home loss is considered progress. Next up, a game against Hawaii in Seattle.

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