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September 14, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Ranking the Pac

Two weekends in the books, and the Pac-10 is ranked No. 1 in at least one respected computer poll. So it has that going for it.
Some mixing in the middle, but no change at the top.
1, USC — Teetered at Ohio State. But again, that was at Ohio State. Any win there is a good one. Now we’ll see how much inside knowledge of a program can help an opponent.
2, Cal — Will get a little bit of a test this week at Minnesota to then set up its two biggest games of the year — at Oregon and USC at home.
3, Oregon State — Sticking with the Beavers here despite the close call at UNLV, which may be a little better than you think. But we will really find out where they stand after a visit from Cincinnati.
4, UCLA — Okay, so maybe the Bruins are better than we thought, though the injury to Kevin Prince could be a huge blow. Or maybe Tennessee isn’t really all that good. Maybe a little of both, though that UCLA defense is looking pretty salty. Should beat Kansas State this week no matter who is at QB.
5, Arizona — Another team that we’ll get a much better status report on this week when it travels to Iowa. But running game and defense have been impressive so far.
6, Arizona State — Only team that didn’t play last week, Devils get first real test in two weeks at Georgia.
7, Stanford — Big drop after big second-half collapse at Wake Forest. Three straight home games now loom as key to the season — San Jose State, Washington and UCLA.
8, Washington — Nice to get a win, but that secondary looms as a concern as the competition again stiffens.
9, Oregon — Really dodged a bullet against Purdue, and probably not a stretch to say that win saved being able to have any type of season this year. Now comes another tough one, Utah at home. Win that one and they’ll start moving back up.
10, Washington State — Looking like another really long season, and maybe even some tough decisions, ahead on the Palouse.

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