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September 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Ranking the Pac

According to Sagarin, the Pac-10 is the best conference in the country right now . So everyone’s got that going for them.
1, Cal — Maybe the Bears didn’t look quite as dominant as you would have thought. But that was still a road game against a Big Ten team opening a new stadium, and ultimately they got the win. Next two weeks may now determine the season — at Oregon Saturday, home to USC the following week.
2, USC — Loss to UW shows that there may be more chinks in the armor than everyone imagined — and maybe they are starting to miss Steve Sarkisian a little bit, as well. I’m ranking them ahead of the Huskies thinking that on a neutral field, with their starting QB, they’d still be a fairly heavy favorite. Should get well this week against WSU.
3, Washington — A quick climb for the Huskies, but hard to argue that anyone in the conference has done more so far. Huskies have shown that every game left on the schedule is one they can win. But other than WSU, every game left is also probably one they can lose. Stanford Saturday will show if UW’s improvement translates just as well on the road.
4, UCLA — I’m really not sure the Bruins are this good. But the win at Tennessee looked better given how the Vols played Florida. And they handled Kansas State with their backup quarterback due largely to a defense that looks like one of the best in the conference. Off this week before heading into Pac-10 play.
5, Stanford — I’m remaining bullish on the Cardinal and I think the dominating win over San Jose State — a rival that has often tripped up the Cardinal in even the best of years for Stanford — shows this team is making improvement. Game this week with UW suddenly has huge bowl implications for both.
6, Oregon — Have to give it to the Ducks for getting up off the carpet after what happened at Boise State and winning two in a row. Passing game looks really shaky, however, and you wonder how many games they’ll be able to win like that — Ducks rank 116th in passing offense right now. Home game Saturday with Cal will show for certain where the Ducks really are.
7, Oregon State — Loss to Cincy showed some fragility in a defense that may not be reloading quite as quickly as hoped. Really interesting home game with Arizona this week.
8, Arizona State — Another blowout of a bad team makes it hard to really know where the Devils are — so knocking them down a few slots this week as a result. But they get a big litmus test this week at Georgia.
9, Arizona — Pretty tepid effort at Iowa indicating maybe the offense is missing Willie Tuitama a little more than anticipated. Another big test this week at Oregon State.
10, Washington State — Cougs won’t go winless this season, but little to indicate they probably won’t go winless the rest of the way. Probably not the best time to have to go to USC.

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