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Pac-10 Power Rankings: Week 5

Sorry these are up a bit late.  Nevertheless, here they are.  Let's get right to them, and as usual, let us know where you disagree.

*First Place votes in parenthesis

1.  Arizona (1) [tie]  -uofafanatic: The Wildcats have faced, and defeated, better teams than any other Pac-10 team

1.  Oregon (1) [tie] -Smooty: The Ducks stumbled a bit in the desert against Sparky, but still pulled out the win.  Stanford will be quite the litmus test for Oregon.

1.  Stanford [tie] - Smooty:  The Cardinal dominated Notre Dame.  News flash:  that does not mean what it did 10 years ago. Nothing against Stanford, but who hasn't beat Notre Dame the last few years?

4. USC - uofafanatic: The Trojans have looked wildly erratic from game to game.  While they are 4-0, they have hardly been impressive against inferior opponents.  We really won't know what to make of this team until the Stanford game in two weeks.

5.  UCLA -uofafanatic: Amazing win over Texas!  No fluke, the Bruins dominated the Longhorns.  UCLA will have to avoid the let down this week against WSU, and win some Pac-10 games to maybe save coach Neuheisels job.  (I wouldn't bet on it.)

6.  Oregon State -Smooty:  The Beavers seemingly have made a living the last five years of underwhelming-turned-dominance as the leaves turn and autumn arrives.  Now is the time, Oregon State.

7.  Cal -Smooty:  The Golden Bears are not the team that was embarassed in Reno, talent-wise.  Now, will the recover after a heart-breaker last weekend?  The next few weeks will determine whether Cal can climb back into the upper-half of the Pac.

8.  ASU [tie] - uofafanatic: I don't care how 'tough' the Sun Devils played against Wisconsin and Oregon.  They have yet to defeat a team from the FBS.  The only reason they are ranked above the Cougs?  They defeated two FCS teams and Washington St. only beat one.

8.  Washington [tie] - uofafanatic:  The Huskies are starting to look very, very below average.  Expect that to continue.

10. Washington State - Smooty:  Sorry, Cougs.  The basement is yours now, and for the undetermined future.