Pac-12 Football Power Rankings: Week 8

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October 12, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins wide receiver Shaquelle Evans (1) celebrates after he runs the ball to score a touchdown against the California Golden Bears during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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