USC holds steady at No. 3 in Pac-12 Football Power Rankings
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The USC Trojans continue to hold down the third spot in the Pac-12 Football Power Rankings heading into the most uneventful slate of games this season.
Odds are the rankings will look exactly the same next week, with Oregon, UCLA, USC and Utah all playing weaker opponents.
Here are the latest Fan Nation Pac-12 rankings:
WEEK 10 – SI PAC-12 FOOTBALL POWER RANKINGS
1. Oregon 7-1, 5-0 . . . (7) 84 points
2. UCLA 7-1, 4-1 . . . 75
3. USC 7-1, 5-1 . . . 70
4. Utah 6-2, 4-1 . . . 65
5. Oregon State 6-2, 3-2 . . . 54
6. Washington 6-2, 3-2 . . . 51
7. Washington State 4-4, 1-4 . . . 42
8. Arizona 3-5, 1-4 . . . 32
9. Stanford 3-5, 1-5 . . . 24
10. Arizona State 3-5, 2-3 . . . 22
11. Cal 3-5, 1-4 . . . 20
12. Colorado 1-7, 1-4 . . . 7
JAKE CURTIS, CAL SPORTS REPORT
1. Oregon, 2. USC, 3. UCLA, 4. Utah, 5. Washington, 6. Oregon State, 7. Washington State, 8. Arizona State, 9. Stanford, 10. Cal, 11. Arizona, 12. Colorado.
Comment: I’m hoping Oregon, USC and Utah all finish with one conference loss and we have to go down to the conference’s third or fourth tie-breaking rule to determine which two teams play in the Pac-12 championship game. Controversy will reign. But controversy brings publicity, just like bad officiating brings publicity. We’re just waiting around for Nov. 19 when a lot of things will be settled. Sort of.
MAX TORRES, DUCKS DIGEST
1. Oregon; 2. USC; 3. UCLA; 4. Utah; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8. Arizona; 9. Arizona State; 10. Cal; 11. Stanford; 12. Colorado
Comment: Oregon earned what may be an underwhelming win over Cal, but a win is a win. Now they’ll look to dominate Colorado before hosting a key game against Washington. USC got a scare from Arizona that maybe makes them look more vulnerable than people thought after also narrowingly escaping Oregon State earlier this year. Utah’s outlook looks a little murky with Cam Rising banged up but the top teams largely remain the same.
KEVIN BORBA, ALL CARDINAL
1. Oregon; 2. UCLA; 3. USC; 4. Utah; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8. Arizona; 9. Stanford; 10. Cal; 11. Arizona State; 12. Colorado
Comment: Stanford looked terrible against UCLA, as injuries and lack of depth is really beginning to show on offense. The offense is one of the worst units in the country, and the play calling does them no favors. Washington State is one of their last winnable games. Oregon is clearly the best team, and Oregon State or Washington will be eliminated in what should be a great game.
SAM CONNON, ALL BRUINS
1. Oregon; 2. UCLA; 3. Utah; 4. USC; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8. Arizona; 9. Stanford; 10. Cal; 11. Arizona State; 12. Colorado
Comments: The tiers in the Pac-12 are more defined and stratified than ever. The top four teams haven’t lost to anyone outside of that group, and it doesn’t seem like any will soon, either. The matchup between Washington and Oregon State could decide which dark horse is ready to make a late push this year, but Oregon, USC, Utah and UCLA are still the clear favorites moving forward.
WYATT ALLSUP, ALL TROJANS
1. Oregon; 2. UCLA; 3. USC; 4. Utah; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8. Arizona; 9. Stanford; 10. Arizona State; 11. Cal; 12. Colorado.
Comment: Nothing happened in the Pac-12 this week to move the needle for any team. USC’s Caleb Williams threw for over 400 yards and five touchdowns without his top two receivers, again proving the depth and capability of the offense. Arizona played extremely well against the Trojans behind a great effort from its receiving group. I wanted to move the Wildcats up, but they just aren’t better across the board than any of the teams above them.
COLE BAGLEY, ALL UTES
1. Oregon; 2. UCLA; 3. Utah; 4. USC; 5. Oregon State; 6. Washington; 7. Washington State; 8. Arizona; 9. Arizona State; 10. Cal; 11. Stanford; 12. Colorado
Comment: While the top four teams are still the only squads with a shot at competing for a Pac-12 Championship, the Utes and Trojans have been somewhat plagued by injuries and barely escaped this past weekend with victories. November 19 remains the most decisive weekend of the season as Utah will head to Eugene and the battle of LA will commence. Until then, the top four will do their best to keep winning and remain as healthy as possible.
DAN RALEY, INSIDE THE HUSKIES
1. Oregon; 2. UCLA; 3. USC; 4. Utah; 5. Washington; 6. Oregon State; 7. Washington State; 8. Arizona; 9. Stanford; 10. Cal; 11. Arizona State; 12. Colorado
Comment: I’ll try something different this week. I’ll put the Ducks No. 1. I still think you should pay for a 46-point loss into perpetuity. I give. This might be the least interesting week for the Pac-12 schedule this season, with nearly every game heavily leaning in one direction. Leave it to the Beavers and Huskies to leave us in suspense.