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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Top five pull away from the rest

The best are putting the rest of the teams behind them

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It’s been two weeks since we had a reader Pac-12 Power Rankings, and there has been some separation from the top and the bottom.

We had 25 voters this week, and here’s how it all shook out.

For the first time that I can remember, there’s a clear division among two groups of teams. Only five different schools received 4th-place votes or better, which is unheard of when doing this. And if it weren’t for those rogue Cal and Oregon votes, it would have been an even bigger gulf between the two groups.

Obviously the Washington Huskies have solidified themselves as the class of the conference. This week, they’ve been joined by the Colorado Buffaloes, Washington State Cougars, Utah Utes, and USC Trojans as the better half of the conference, and by a lot.

As for the rest of the conference, there are still four teams with two wins or less, and there’s just three weeks left in the season. Shoutout to the seven people that refused to vote the Arizona Wildcats last, even though that has clearly become reality.

USC/Washington is the lone game featuring two of the conference’s top teams this week. In this bizarre 2016 season, Oregon/Stanford means basically nothing, and has been relegated to Pac-12 Network in the middle of the afternoon. Football is weird sometimes.