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September 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Ranking the Pac

Four weeks in, and the top and the bottom seem pretty clear (which, sadly, isn’t good news for football fans in the state of Washington at the moment.). Here’s our look at where each team stands right now:
1, Oregon — Arizona State showed that there may be some chinks in the Oregon armor. On the other hand, the Ducks were never really in serious danger of losing that game and until proven otherwise, have to be considered at the top.
2, Stanford — “Proven otherwise,” however, could happen this week as the Cardinal plays Oregon in Eugene. Stanford’s rep as the most physical team in the conference only increased with its dominating performance at Notre Dame Saturday.
3, Arizona — Wildcats looked like they had a little letdown against Cal, and needed some luck to have a chance to beat the Bears with the two late missed field goals by the Bears. But given a final chance, Arizona took advantage — the stamp of a good team.
4, USC — Okay, so the Trojans haven’t played anybody. But worth noting that USC is averaging six yards per rushing attempt. USC has bettered that only once in its history at 6.44 in 2005.
5, UCLA — Already a tale of two seasons for the resilient Bruins, who should have little trouble getting on the plus side of .500 this week hosting Washington State. At some point, though, you figure UCLA is going to have to throw the ball a little better to win consistently in the Pac-10.
6, Arizona State –— Maybe I’m alone in coming away from the Oregon game pretty impressed by what Dennis Erickson appears to be building in Tempe. ASU has just two senior starters and statistically dominated the Ducks, and have gone toe-to-toe with two different top 10 teams the last two weeks, losing mostly due to self-inflicted errors. Fix those, and this could be a bowl team this year and something more than that next year.
7, Oregon State — Maybe this is too low for the Beavers, who deserve credit for playiing maybe the toughest non-conference schedule in the country this year. But the Beavers don’t look quite as good as yet as their No. 3 pre-season Pac-10 ranking indicated. Home game this week with Arizona State will tell a lot.
8, Cal — The late implosion at Arizona was among the toughest losses of the Jeff Tedford era. Bears get the weekend off and a chance to begin preparing early for a critical home game against UCLA Oct. 9.
9, Washington — The results of the week off — another loss for BYU, a struggle for Nebraska — didn’t really enhance Washington’s perception. USC visit obviously looms huge.
10, Washington State — Not much light at the end of the tunnel for the Cougars who frankly don’t look a lot better than the past two years.



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