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September 27, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Pac-12 Rankings — Week Four

One third of the season completed, time to take a look at this week’s ratings. …

1, Stanford — The Cardinal was off last week, and now opens conference play at home against UCLA and then gets Colorado at home the following week and then a trip to WSU. So the Cardinal will be heavily favored to get to 6-0 before hosting UW on Oct. 22.

2, Oregon — Ducks creeping closer to the top ads their offense seems as explosive as ever. And for a team known for its running game, Oregon’s 14-1 TD-to-interception ratio is better than anyone in the conference other than Arizona, which hasn’t thrown a pick.

3, Arizona State — Sun Devils make a big move up the rankings after the big win over USC, which reaffirmed all the pre-season hype. This week’s home game against big underdog Oregon State, however, will be a good test of ASU’s maturity to avoid a letdown.

4, Utah — Utes had last week off and now await their Pac-12 home opener against UW on Saturday. Utah hasn’t given up a run of longer than 15 yards in its first three games, and allowing just 2.6 yards per carry, which will be a big challenge this week for the Huskies.

5, Washington — Huskies took a step in the right direction last week, though the defense remains an obvious concern. Game at Utah will tell a lot about ability to beat a good team on the road.

6, USC — There’s lots of evident talent on the USC roster, but the Trojans are playing like a distracted team — maybe the probation and lack of ability to play in the post-season is taking its toll.

7, Cal — Bears surely thinking that if a few plays had gone the other way they might be 4-0 right now. Cal, though, now has to worry about the loss at UW not starting a losing streak as the Bears, after taking this weekend off, play at Oregon next Thursday, and then host USC the following Thursday.

8, UCLA — With lots of obits already being written, the Bruins got off the mat well to take a big early lead in Corvallis and hold on to beat the Beavers. But the respite may not last long as the Bruins now head to Stanford, which beat UCLA 35-0 in Pasadena last year.

9, Washington State — Cougs had the week off to prepare for a two-game set that could determine the season — a game this week at Colorado and the following week at UCLA. Bowl chances may rest on getting both of those games.

10, Colorado — Colorado kind of looks like a weary team already and has what may be a must-win this week at home against WSU as it will then play at Stanford and at UW and then home to Oregon the following three weeks.

11, Arizona — The Wildcats can throw the ball, completing 70.4 percent of their passes with a conference-high 189 attempts and no interceptions. But that’s about it as there is no running game and little defense. And now comes two straight road games, at USC and at Oregon State.

12, Oregon State — Beavers one of just seven FBS teams without a win and they won’t be expected to get one this week at Arizona State.

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