It was such an exciting Pac-10 weekend that I am officially still recovering...body, mind, soul, and liver.
Here is this week’s shortened version of the Pac-10 Power Rankings.
(Overall Record, Conference Record | Last Week’s Ranking)
1. Oregon Ducks (7-1, 5-0 | 1)
Jeremiah Masoli and LaMichael James stole the show on Saturday. They are a two-headed-monster that no defense can even prepare to stop. Expect the ball to keep rolling this weekend in Stanford.
2. USC Trojans (6-2, 3-2 | 2)
The Trojans looked like they might be able to keep pace with the Ducks after sticking with them punch-for-punch in the first half, but Matt Barkley and Joe McKnight disappeared after halftime, mainly because their defense couldn’t get off the field, allowing the Ducks to have the ball for almost 20 minutes in the second half.
3. Arizona Wildcats (5-2, 3-1 | 4)
The Wildcats get another bye week this weekend with Washington State coming into the desert. Cal, Oregon, ASU, and USC are still on the board for Arizona, so a tune-up game against the Cougars will be just what the doctor ordered before entering that gauntlet.
4. California Bears (6-2, 3-2 | 3)
How Cal left Tempe with a win is truly baffling. Jahvid Best and Kevin Riley started off the game strong, but as they often do on the road, they found a way to look terrible before the day was through. A field goal to win the game prevented yet another embarrassing conference loss for the Bears.
5. Oregon State Beavers (5-3, 3-2 | 5)
A less than impressive win against the Bruins shouldn’t raise too much concern as UCLA does have one of the better defenses in the Pac-10. The Beavers have a great chance of beating a beleaguered Cal squad this weekend if they can get their offense back on track.
6. Stanford Cardinal (5-3, 4-2 | 6)
Jim Harbaugh claims Andrew Luck is the best quarterback he has seen right now in college football. He better be, because if the Cardinal have any hopes of beating the high-powered Ducks this weekend, they are going to need a ton of luck from both their QB and any little green leprechaun they can find to win this game.
7. Washington Huskies (3-5, 2-3 | 7)
Two straight weeks on the road should be a rude awakening for the Huskies off of their bye week. Washington is still seeking its first road win, but finding one against UCLA’s defense this weekend should be a tall task, and things won't get any easier the following weekend in Corvallis.
8. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-4, 2-3 | 8)
The Sun Devils couldn’t find away to stop Kevin Riley on the final drive of the game, allowing him to connect on five of his seven passes. Cal’s offense collected five first downs, and the win was snatched away from them. USC comes to the desert this weekend, which adds even more salt to the wound.
9. UCLA Bruins (3-5, 0-5 | 9)
A five-game losing streak should have everyone in LA off the Bruins' bandwagon. With Washington’s offense coming to town this weekend, UCLA could be a part of a showdown in Pullman between two teams seeking their first conference win.
10. Washington State (1-7, 0-5 | 10)
Now people in Texas and Indiana understand just how bad a college football team can get. This matchup did nothing to help prove to the nation that the Pac-10 is actually a really strong conference. Wazzu, do the conference a favor and schedule a WAC team next year.