1. Oregon Ducks (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) 72 points (6 first place votes)
Last week: 45-24 W @ No. 20 Washington Huskies
This week: vs. Washington State Cougars
If there was any doubt that the Ducks were the top team in the conference heading into last week, that was thrown out the window after they pulled away late from the Huskies. Their top competition for the No. 1 spot, Stanford, got upset at Utah, clearing the path for the Ducks to be the unanimous No. 1 in the power rankings this week.
2. UCLA Bruins (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) 66 points
Last week: 37-10 W vs. California Golden Bears
This week: @ No. 13 Stanford Cardinal
The two top teams in the South played the two worst teams in the Pac-12. Like ASU did to Colorado, UCLA put a whooping on California. The Bruins are absolutely deserving of their No. 9 ranking, but one has to think if the Huskies had their schedule, they would probably be undefeated and in the top-10 right now, too.
3. Washington Huskies (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) 58 points
Last week: 45-24 L vs. No. 2 Oregon Ducks
This week: @ Arizona State Sun Devils
Saturday was the most fun I’ve had surrounding sports in a long time, maybe ever. It started with College GameDay – which producer Lee Fitting called the best ever – and smoothly transitioned into the game. The Huskies kept it close through three quarters, but the Ducks pulled away in the fourth. I still don’t doubt the Huskies are one of the top teams in the nation.
4. Stanford Cardinal (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12) 55 points
Last week: 27-21 L @ Utah Utes
This week: vs. No. 9 UCLA Bruins
For the first time ever, the Cardinal drop from the top two of the power rankings after their loss to Utah on the road. Stanford also fell out of the top-five for the first time this season in the AP and Coaches polls. They’ll have a tough test to bounce back against, playing No. 9 UCLA at home.
T5. Arizona State Sun Devils (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12) 43 points
Last week: 54-13 W vs. Colorado Buffaloes
This week: vs. No. 20 Washington Huskies
The Sun Devils didn’t overlook the Buffaloes last week in anticipation of the Huskies arrival in Tempe. In fact, they did quite the opposite, blowing Colorado out and resting most of their starters in the second half. It will be tough for the Huskies to pull out a win after two depleting losses, and the Sun Devils being well rested.
T5. Utah Utes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) 43 points
Last week: 27-21 W vs. No. 13 Stanford Cardinal
This week: @ Arizona Wildcats
I’ve said Utah is a solid team all year and it finally paid off on Saturday. I’m not going to say I called the upset, but it was definitely on my “upset radar” (along with UW-Oregon, sad face). If the Utes can knock off Arizona on the road, they’ll be primed for a bowl bid and possibly in contention for the South title.