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January 28, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Pac-12 Power Rankings: Plenty to smile about for Washington

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar watches as Nigel Williams-Goss(5) cheers from the bench against Colorado in the second half of an NCAA men's basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Seattle. Washington won 71-54. (AP Photo - Elaine Thompson)

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar watches as Nigel Williams-Goss(5) cheers from the bench against Colorado in the second half of an NCAA men’s basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Seattle. Washington won 71-54. (AP Photo – Elaine Thompson)

We’re heading towards the midpoint of the Pac-12 season and the conference race is as unpredictable as ever. Perhaps the only sure thing is No. 1 Arizona, which has been remarkably consistent as it marches towards a perfect season.

The rest of the league is a jumbled mess. Teams rise and fall in the standings each week mostly because it’s been been difficult to win on the road. Home teams are 184 in the past 22 games.

If the trend continues,  it’s not be good news for Washington, which plays five of the next seven games away from Alaska Airlines Arena.

— Here’s a look at how Pac-12 teams stand in the RPI: Arizona (2), UCLA (19), Colorado (23), Oregon (40), California (48), Arizona State (50), Stanford (53), Washington (70), Oregon State (105), USC (110), Utah (117) and Washington State (170).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Jeff Sagarin’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (20), Arizona State (27), Oregon (37), Stanford (42), California (44), Colorado (48), Utah (56), Oregon State (91), Washington (107), USC (145) and Washington State (186).

— Here’s where Pac-12 teams rank in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings: Arizona (1), UCLA (21), Arizona State (34), California (38), Oregon (41), Stanford (47), Utah (48), Colorado (59), Oregon State (99), Washington (104), USC (135) and Washington State (202).

— Here’s a look at strength of schedules determined by RealTimeRPI.com: Arizona (2), UCLA (19), Colorado (23), Oregon (40), California (48), Arizona State (50), Stanford (53), Washington (70), Oregon State (100), USC (110), Utah (114) and Washington State (176).

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

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS

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

1. Arizona (20-0, 7-0) …….. 1 … Unlikely Cats remain perfect after this week’s Bay Area road trip

2. UCLA (16-4, 5-2) ………. 3 … Five of seven games are on the road over the next four weeks

3. Washington (13-8, 5-3) .. 7 … Must consider Nigel Williams-Goss for Pac-12 freshman of year

4. ASU (15-5, 4-3) …….. 10 … Third toughest remaining schedule in nation; Opponents 98-35 (.737) 

5. Stanford (13-6, 4-3) …… 5 … Wednesday could define/decide Johnny Dawkins’ legacy/future

6. California (14-6, 5-2) …. 2 … Knocking off No. 1 Arizona would make amends for 0-2 LA trip

7. Oregon (14-5, 2-5) …… 9 … Snapped five-game losing streak at WSU, but still have issues

8. OSU (11-8, 3-4) ………. 6 … Too talented to be – as Richard Sherman would say – ‘mediocre’

9. Utah (14-6, 3-5) ………. 4 … Utes take 0-5 road record to Colorado, which is 12-1 at home

10. Colorado (15-6, 4-4) … 8 … Young team better grow up quick or they’ll miss NCAA tourney

11. USC (10-10, 1-6) …… 12 … J.T. Terrell returns to starting lineup after academic suspension

12. WSU (8-12, 1-7) ……. 11 … DaVonte Lacy (ribs) hoping to return Sat. after five-game layoff

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