Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 7

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Oct 5, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) runs for a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal in the third quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

1. Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) 70 points (4 first place votes)

Last week: 57-16 W @ Colorado Buffaloes

This week: @ No. 16 Washington Huskies

The Ducks continue to look like the not only the top team in the conference but the top team in the nation. Of course, some will argue they haven’t faced a quality opponent yet. But that changes this Saturday, when the Ducks come to Montlake in search of their 10th straight win against the Huskies.

2. Stanford Cardinal (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) 68 points (2 first place votes)

Last week: 31-28 W vs. No. 16 Washington Huskies

This week: @ Utah Utes

Stanford barely edged out a win at home against the Huskies. An argument can be made that the Huskies, in fact, outplayed the Cardinal on both offense and defense, but lost the game because of special teams woes. Nonetheless, Stanford came out with the “W,” but now face a Utah team that came within six interceptions of upsetting UCLA.

3. Washington Huskies (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) 58 points

Last week: 31-28 L @ No. 5 Stanford Cardinal

This week: vs. No. 2 Oregon Ducks

The Huskies and Cardinal played the most entertaining game of the weekend Saturday night, but the Dawgs came out on the wrong end of the final score. It only dropped them one spot in the AP and coaches polls, and they earned the same amount of points in our power rankings. If they really want to jump in the polls, they’ll upset Oregon on Saturday.

4. UCLA Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) 57 points

Last week: 34-27 W @ Utah Utes

This week: vs. California Golden Bears

If Utes quarterback Travis Wilson hadn’t imploded and thrown six interceptions, they probably would have knocked off UCLA last weekend. But he did, and they didn’t. The Bruins survived, and they’ve got as much of a cupcake as the Pac-12 is going to offer this week, with Cal at home.

5. Arizona State Sun Devils (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) 50 points

Last week: 37-34 L vs. Notre Dame (at AT&T Stadium in Dallas)

This week: vs. Colorado Buffaloes

The Notre Dame loss doesn’t really have an effect on the Sun Devils season, but it really puts a damper on the fans hopes for it. Like fellow South contender UCLA, the Sun Devils get an “easy” game at home before hosting the Huskies the following week. The Sun Devils won’t move into the top third of the conference until offensive coordinator Mike Norvell opens up the playbook.

6. Oregon State Beavers (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) 46 points

Last week: Bye

This week: @ Washington State Cougars

If not for a Week 1 loss to FCS Eastern Washington, the Beavers would be on track for their expected 7-0 start, but look to be headed to 6-1 at this point. They’ve stepped up their play since early in the season, but the defense is still non-existent. Sean Mannion might be the most underrated player in the nation right now, having already thrown for more than 2,000 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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