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September 19, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Ranking the Pac

Time to take a look at how the Pac-10 stacks up after three weeks:
1, Oregon — You can quibble a little bit about Oregon’s level of competition to date, but that’s about it. Ducks have looked every bit the class of the Pac-10 so far. Ducks open conference play this week at Arizona State.
2, Stanford — So it’s just possible that 35-0 win at UCLA last week said as much about Stanford as it did UCLA. Cardinal looks like the meanest, toughest team in the Pac-10 so far. Interesting game at Notre Dame Saturday.
3, Arizona Mike Stoops promised at Pac-10 media day that he’d find a defense, despite heavy personnel losses to graduation from a year ago. Holding Iowa to 29 yards rushing indicates mission accomplished. Looking like an eight- or nine-win team. Open conference play at home against California Saturday.
4, USC — Maybe this is too high for Trojans, but they are one of just four Pac-10 teams not to lose a game. And there’s lots of undeniable talent. But if they have to escape from Pullman Saturday the way they did the last two weeks, the benefits of the doubt will start to run out.
5, Oregon State — Louisville game tighter than expected, but maybe OSU is just in the midst of its usual slow start. Game at Boise State Saturday obviously telling.
6, Arizona StateDennis Erickson has promised this team would be a lot better than the ninth-place predictions, and he just might be right. Close call at Wisconsin indicates that the Devils will be a handful for everyone in the conference this year. Conference opener against Oregon will show a lot.
7, Cal — Huge step back at Nevada after a promising start to the season. Kevin Riley didn’t do much to ease the concerns about his game. Still, write off the Bears at your own peril. Game at Arizona highlight of conference slate next weekend.
8, UCLA — Crawled off the mat with impressive win against Houston. And don’t look now, but the Bruins suddenly have a rushing attack, averaging 203 per game (though the passing game remains anemic). Headed to Texas Saturday for a game that suddenly looks a lot more interesting.
9, Washington — Overall resume weaker than that of UCLA (K-State’s better than BYU, Houston’s better than Syracuse, and Stanford and Nebraska look pretty similar). A needed week off to figure a few (okay, more than a few) things out.
10, Washington State — SMU game a little more competitive than some thought, but that’s a pretty meager measure of progress. Home to USC this week.

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