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November 13, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Re-ranking the Pac

The first actual Pac-10 game of the season was played last night as UCLA beat Prairie View A&M easily, getting some solid performances from a lot of its freshmen.
Which makes it as good a time as any to unveil another set of Pac-10 power rankings as we head into the season — everybody will be in action between now and Monday.
1, UCLA — Nothing so far to suggest the Bruins aren’t an overwhelming favorite.
2, Arizona State — ASU didn’t play any public exhibitions, preferring two private scrimmages, the only Pac-10 team not to do anything publicly yet. But sounds like a healthy pre-season and on track to begin fulfilling all those high expectations.
3, USC — Trojans still waiting to hear if North Carolina transfer Alex Stepheson will be eligible this year. But the Trojans look like they are coming together nicely with what coach Tim Floyd says is the best depth he has had and more experience than you might think.
4, Washington — Isaiah Thomas showed in the exhibition he may live up to all the hype. The interior depth and perimeter shooting remain concerns, however. And don’t sleep on the opener at Portland. That game will reveal a lot.
5, Washington State — A lot of the frosh looked ready to contribute — a necessity if the Cougars are to compete this year — in the exhibition last week led by DeAngelo Casto, who led all scorers with 18. That gives just more evidence that the Cougs might not fall as far as some think.
6, Arizona — This team is dropping like a bullet. The Wildcats had another slumbering exhibition performance last night that raised even more questions about the direction of the program, which Anthony Gimino addresses well in this column.
7, Oregon — Ducks got 82 points out of their five freshmen in an exhibition win over Southern Oregon last week. Oregon’s success this year depends on how quickly they mature.
8, Cal — Bears coach Mike Montgomery still bemoaning his team’s lack of defense.
9, Stanford — Cardinal showed their new up-tempo style with 93 points in exhibition game last week.
10, Oregon State — Opener at Howard more interesting for whether Barack Obama might show up than anything else.

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