College Football Pac-10 Power Rankings: Cal, Oregon State Shake Things Up
Just when you thought the Pac-10 couldn't be shaken up any more, someone grabbed the shaker and gave it a violent shake before putting it back down to see how things shaped out.
The Cal Bears and Oregon State Beavers put an absolute charge in the conference this past weekend, coming up with two big wins that will reshape who is seated where in the power rankings.
While there's no change at the bottom or at the top, there are plenty of changes in between.
Without further ado, here are the Pac-10 Power Rankings heading into Week 7 of the college football season.
No. 10: Washington State Cougars
Last week: No. 10
The Washington State Cougars are having another rough season, and it doesn't look to get any easier down the stretch.
They've lost four straight, giving up 40 or more points in three of those last four to USC, UCLA and Oregon.
Next game: Oct. 16th vs. (17) Arizona
No. 9: Washington Huskies
Last week: No. 6
The Washington Huskies, coming off an upset win over USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum, came back home and dropped a 24-14 decision to Arizona State.
Seems like two different teams showed up for two different games.
Next game: Oct. 16th vs. Oregon State
No. 8: Arizona State Sun Devils
Last week: No. 9
The Arizona State Sun Devils will move up one spot from last week after their win on the road over the Washington Huskies—the same Huskies team that upset USC a week earlier.
Their three-game road trip isn't over yet, but they'd love to use this momentum, especially with a bye week this weekend, to win two of these three games to get back on track after losing three straight before their win last Saturday.
Next game: Oct. 23rd at Cal
No. 7: UCLA Bruins
Last week: No. 4
The UCLA Bruins looked like they would become the hottest team in the Pac-10, the team that might sneak up on Oregon or Stanford.
After three straight wins against Houston, Texas and Washington State, the Bruins traveled to Berkeley and laid an egg. Either that or they got too big for their britches. The Bears laid down a lopsided 35-7 beatdown on the Bruins on Saturday.
Next game: Oct. 21st at (2) Oregon
No. 6: USC Trojans
Last week: No. 5
After four straight wins, the USC Trojans have dropped back-to-back games against Washington and Stanford, though the combined margin of victory on both games was just three points.
The USC defense has been the thorn in their own side, giving up 30 or more points in three of their first six games including their last two losses.
Next game: Oct. 16th vs. Cal
No. 5: Cal Bears
Last week: No. 8
The Cal Bears were coming off back-to-back losses to Nevada and Arizona before they returned home this past weekend to face UCLA.
Apparently the Bears had some aggression pent up, and they took it all out on what looked to be a upstart UCLA team. They were brought back down to earth thanks to running back Shane Vereen to the tune of a 35-7 blowout.
Next game: Oct. 16th at USC
No. 4: Oregon State Beavers
Last week: No. 7
Oregon State has made a few teams look good over the past week, especially after their 29-27 upset win on the road against then ninth-ranked Arizona.
Both TCU and Boise State are thanking the Beavers for that big win because now their non-conference win is looking a little stronger.
Next game: Oct. 16th at Washington
No. 3: Arizona Wildcats
Last week: No. 3
Despite their loss, at home, to Oregon State and almost losing to Cal the week before, the Arizona Wildcats stay where they are in the rankings.
The 17th-ranked Wildcats suffered a setback and got beaten by an Oregon State team that came ready to play. Still, Arizona is a solid No. 3 in the Pac-10.
Next game: Oct. 16th at Washington State
No. 2: Stanford Cardinal
Last week: No. 2
The Stanford Cardinal could easily have dropped their second straight game this past weekend when they faced USC at home.
However, a late fourth quarter drive by quarterback Andrew Luck and a game-winning field goal lifted Stanford to a 37-35 win over the Trojans as they head to the bye week at 5-1.
Next game: Oct. 23rd vs. Washington State
No. 1: Oregon Ducks
Last week: No. 1
The Oregon Ducks remain undefeated and, thanks to South Carolina's win over Alabama, move up to No. 2 in the national rankings just behind Ohio State and in the passenger seat for a bid to the BCS title game.
Through six games this season, the Ducks have not scored less than 40 points in each game.
Next game: Oct. 21st at UCLA