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January 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Arizona tops, but who’s No.2?

UCLA's Zach LaVine dunks during the Bruins' 83-60 win over Weber… (Danny Moloshok / Associated…)

UCLA’s Zach LaVine dunks during the Bruins’ 83-60 win over Weber State. (Danny Moloshok / Associated…)

No. 1 Arizona is the unquestioned leader in the Pac-12, but trying to find the second-best team in the conference is a bit of a mystery.

UCLA came within four points of upsetting the Wildcats. California is the only Pac-12 team with three road wins. Colorado is nearly unbeatable at home. Despite its three-game losing streak, Oregon still boasts a talented roster. And Stanford is 2-0 against ranked teams.

You could make an argument for a handful of teams, including Washington.

Two weeks ago, the Huskies were No. 186 in the RPI. Today they’re 80th. That’s what a 3-1 start in the Pac-12 will do.

— Here’s a look at how the Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Arizona (6), Colorado (12), Oregon (23), California (33), UCLA (37), Stanford (58), Arizona State (61), Washington (80), USC (96), Washington State (133), Oregon State (136) and Utah (182).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (26), Oregon (30), Arizona State (34), Colorado (38), California (47), Stanford (54), Utah (70), Washington (98), Oregon State (113), Washington State (138) and USC (148).

— Here’s where the Pac-12 rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (30), California (34), Arizona State (36), Oregon (39), Colorado (42), Stanford (51), Utah (62), Washington (95), Oregon State (118), USC (133) and Washington State (146).

— Here’s a look at strength of schedules determined by RealTimeRPI.com: Colorado (7), Oregon (21), Arizona (32), USC (39), Stanford (44), California (51), UCLA (55), Washington State (59), Washington (67), Oregon State (100), Arizona State (116) and Utah (304).

And finally, here’s our take on the conference.

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS

Team (record) ………….. Last wk … Comment

1. Arizona (17-0, 4-0) ………. 1 … Sean Miller on Nick Johnson: “One of best guards in country.”

2. UCLA (13-3, 2-1) ………… 4 … Game of Week: 25th-ranked Bruins at No. 21 Colorado on Thu

3. California (12-4, 3-0) ……. 6 … No other Pac-12 team has three conference road wins

4. Washington (11-6, 3-1) …. 7 … Allowed four Pac-12 foes to shoot 6 of 50 (.120) on 3-pointers

5. Colorado (14-3, 3-1) ……. 2 … Trouble looms? Just an average team w/o Spencer Dinwiddie

6. Oregon (13-3, 1-3) ……… 3 … Dana Altman must revamp Pac-12′s worst defense (77.7 ppg.)

7. Utah (12-4, 1-3) ………….. 5 … Lost three Pac-12 games by a combined seven points

8. OSU (9-7, 1-3) ………….. 11 … Roberto Nelson is a stud, but big front line needs more touches

9. Stanford (10-5, 1-2) …….. 9 … Rank in lower half of Pac-12 in scoring, rebs., assists, pts. allowed

10. ASU (13-4, 2-2) ………… 8 … Will real Sun Devils please stand up? Big test Thu. at Arizona

11. WSU (8-8, 1-3) ……….. 12 … Why, why why do Cougs play Pac-12 ‘home’ games in Spokane?

12. USC (9-7, 0-3) ……….. 10 … Three-game losing streak not likely to end anytime soon

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