Pac-12 Power Rankings

Pac-12 Power Rankings

There was some movement in our Pac-12 power rankings this week. Read on to see what that movement is and more.

The second week of conference play is in the books for the Pac-12 and there was some movement in standings during that time frame. The perceived top team, Arizona, dropped its first game of the season and now the league looks wide open at this point.

There are still plenty of games left to be played and there are several teams looking to battle for the top spot in the conference. Now two weeks into the conference schedule, here is how they all break down.

1. UCLA

The Bruins are riding a nine-game winning streak and finally found their way back into the top-25. After sweeping Utah and Colorado on the road, UCLA sent a message to the rest of the conference that the Bruins are a contender and they are a force to be reckoned with in the Pac-12.

2. Oregon

A home sweep of the Arizona schools kept the Ducks undefeated in conference play and allowed UO to make a statement in the process. By handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season, Oregon got everyone's attention and appears to be a team ready to battle for the Pac-12 title.

3. Washington

With two more conference victories on the road last week, the Huskies stand a perfect 3-0 to start conference play. The strongest team UW has faced out of the Pac-12 so far is Cal, but the fact that it came away with three road victories to start the conference slate is a very good sign for the rest of its campaign. Standing at 3-0 in conference play with nine home games remaining is a good place to be for Washington.

4. Arizona

The Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season against Oregon, but bounced back with an impressive victory over Oregon State. UA seemed to figure out a few of its problems over the weekend, but the loss to the Ducks showed that the Wildcats are a very beatable squad.

5. Arizona State

Like their rival from Tucson, the Sun Devils were able to split their Oregon road trip with a victory over Oregon State, followed by a loss to Oregon. Despite the loss, ASU still looks like a very formidable squad thus far. This weekend's matchup against the Wildcats should be a very telling affair for both teams involved.

6. California

Another split last week leaves the Golden Bears with a 2-2 record to start Pac-12 play. They have beaten the teams they were supposed to, but had a much more difficult time competing once the competition improved. Allen Crabbe and Justin Cobbs have done their part so far, but now it's time for the supporting cast to step and lend the duo a hand.

7. Colorado

Four games into the conference slate and Colorado, a team many deemed a contender for the Pac-12 crown before the season started, still only has one conference victory. The loss to UCLA at home this past weekend stings as it marked the second time the Buffaloes failed to knock off one of the best teams in the conference in a close game. CU still has plenty of time to gain ground in the standings, but it will have to start winning sooner rather than later to have a shot at the Pac-12 title.

8. USC

The Trojans may have abruptly fired Kevin O'Neill, but they now stand at 2-2 in the Pac-12 after defeating Utah handily on Saturday. Not much was expected of USC this season, but the Trojans have started relatively well thus far and have a chance to make a statement this weekend when they host Oregon. A win would certainly grab the attention the entire conference.

9. Stanford

The Cardinal took care of business against Wazzu at home to pick up their first conference victory of the season, but they followed that up with a loss to UW on Saturday in a very close affair. Despite hanging with the Huskies, it was apparent that Stanford still has a lot of work to do if it wants to avoid staying towards the bottom of the pack.

10. Oregon State

The Beavers were swept at home by the Arizona schools and still remain winless in conference play. What's even more discouraging for OSU is that it hasn't played very well since the first half of its game against Oregon and still has its entire road slate ahead. Oregon State needs a win soon in order to avoid falling out of contention early.

11. Utah

Utah has played good teams tough, but has yet to pull off a victory through four games. The Utes have lost out on opportunities to defeat Arizona State, Arizona and UCLA, but a blowout loss at the hands of USC showed just how tough of a road Utah has ahead.

12. Washington State

Wazzu is the only team to lose to Stanford and haven't been very competitive in any game this season. Even in the opener against Washington, the Cougars had to fight their way back into the game late in order to make it look close. It looks like it is going to be tough for Washington State throughout the entire conference slate.

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