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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 8, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Ranking the Pac

Better late than never, here are this week’s rankings. …
1, USC — It doesn’t discredit what UW did to point out that the Trojans are obviously a lot better team with Matt Barkley. With Cal’s implosion and Oregon’s injury concern, this looks ultimately like another Trojan run to the title. Gets a week off now to get even healthier for trip to South Bend Oct. 17.
2, Oregon — Here’s the biggest reason for Oregon’s success and the one reason the Ducks will stay competitive even if Jeremiah Masoli goes out — Ducks allowing just 4.0 yards per play. Only USC, at 3.7, is stingier. Interesting test at UCLA Saturday.
3, Stanford — One bad half at Wake Forest all that’s keeping Cardinal out of the top 15. Cardinal has perception as a grind-it-out team, but 6.6 yard per play average is second-best in the Pac-10.
4, Arizona — First in Pac-10 in rushing offense at 223.2 per game, though two soft non-conference games helped that number. Still, Huskies better be ready to stop the run Saturday.
5, Oregon State — Beavers 2-0 on the road and just 1-2 at home. But the win at ASU showed that reports of the Beavers’ demise — as they almost always are — were premature. But we’ll really find out a lot this week as OSU hosts Stanford.
6, Washington — May be the most improved team in the country. But the secondary situation this week could be scary. And Huskies have to prove they can bounce back quickly from a really emotional game, something they didn’t do after the USC win.
7, UCLA — Bruins have to hope Kevin Prince can inject some life into a listless offense, which ranks ahead of only Washington State’s. Next two games could decide fate of UCLA’s season — Oregon and Cal at home.
8, Arizona State — Devils keeping the faith in Danny Sullivan, though if he doesn’t help ASU put up at least 30 or so this week in Pullman it may be time for a change.
9, Cal — Oh how the mighty have fallen. Originally, UW was to host Cal at home this weekend. We’ll see if that would be better than playing the Bears on Dec. 5.
10, Washington State — Are they really improving? Last year, Cougars allowed 443.4 yards per game and 6.5 per play. This year, 505.6 and 7.2. Oddly, good at coercing opponents into penalties — lead the Pac-10 in opponent penalty yards with 75.8 per game, 16 more than anyone else.

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