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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 11

Oregon cleared its first legitimate hurdle of 2012 and came out unscathed. Can anyone in the Pac knock them off the top spot?

Robert Laberge

Oregon showed again on Saturday that they are markedly better than anyone else in the Pac-12 this season. USC gave the Ducks everything they had, and ho hum, 62 points and 730 yards later, Oregon left the Coliseum with their ninth win of the year.

Yes, Oregon's defense left a ton to be desired Saturday night. USC's offense rolled up 615 yards, 31 first downs, and was 8/13 on 3rd down conversions. I am not quite sure any team wants to advocate getting into a track meet with Oregon, but, there may not be a better way to beat them. Think Tuscaloosa noticed the box score Sunday morning?

The top five teams in the power rankings still have eyes on the Pac-12 Championship Game. The sixth, Arizona State, has an outside chance, but needs some help. They also still need another win for bowl eligibility thanks to a three game losing streak.

Arizona's no-show Saturday night has been discussed at length here on our section of the internet. It was a terrible performance, and reminiscent of several let-down games from the Stoops era that followed big wins. Colorado comes to town Saturday. I feel much worse about that sentence than I did four days ago.

Washington did all that it could Friday night to hand Cal a victory. It did not work out that way, and Sark got a much-needed road victory. Six or seven wins for the Huskies is pretty likely, but is a step back in Year 4 acceptable in Seattle?

Utah clobbered Washington State and are the proud owners of a two-game winning streak. Saturday night in Seattle, one program will come away with their eyes on a December bowl game.

Colorado and Washington State round out the bottom. Again.

1) Oregon (9-0, 6-0)

Next: @ Cal

2) Stanford (7-2, 5-1)

Next: vs. Oregon State

3) Oregon State (7-1, 5-1)

Next: @ Stanford

4) UCLA (7-2, 4-2)

Next: @ Washington State

5) USC (6-3, 4-3)

Next: vs. Arizona State

6) Arizona State (5-4, 3-3)

Next: @ USC

7) Arizona (5-4, 2-4)

Next: vs. Colorado

8) Washington (5-4, 3-3)

Next: vs. Utah

9) Utah (4-5, 2-4)

Next: @ Washington

10) Cal (3-7, 2-5)

Next: vs. Oregon

11) Colorado (1-8, 1-5)

Next: @ Arizona

12) Washington State (2-7, 0-6)

Next: vs. UCLA