Biggest wins of the 2013 Pac-12 football season by team

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We rank the biggest win for each team of the 2013 Pac-12 football season.

1. Stanford: Beat Oregon 26-20. Just a big win for Stanford, and the score wasn't nearly as close as the game was. Stanford held the ball, stopped the Ducks, and shut them out for three quarters. That hasn't happened to Oregon's offense in decades, much less since they broke out the up-tempo hurry-up scheme.

2. Arizona State: Beat UCLA 38-33. ASU's impressive road win in the Rose Bowl propelled them to a Pac-12 championship. Arizona State was really good.

3. UCLA: Beat Nebraska 41-21. Oh how sweet this win was. The Bruins put themselves on the national radar by slapping together the best half of college football by one team in Lincoln. It was a devastating display, and provided the country with a glimpse of what a mostly-intact Bruins team could bring to the table in 2014.

4. Arizona: Beat Oregon 42-16. This came out of nowhere. The Wildcats intercepted Marcus Mariota off the bat and were off to the races. Despite the fact that the Ducks were two wins away from another Pac-12 North championship, the Wildcats boatraced them from the opening kickoff.

5. Oregon: Beat UCLA 42-14. It is a strange year when a 28 point victory over a top-20 team doesn't get the top four. But the Ducks had just an average season for their remarkably high standards, and the Bruisn were very much in this game until some late UCLA mistakes allowed the Ducks to capitalize late.

6. USC: Beat Stanford 20-17. This was Ed Orgeron's dress rehearsal for the Trojans job, and he made the most of it. The Trojans held the Cardinal at bay and dashed their national championship hopes with a last-minute field goal.

7: Utah: Beat Stanford 27-21. The most unexpected Pac-12 game of the season was the saving grace for Kyle Whittingham last year. Utah dominated the ball, moved the ball methodically against an impenetrable Stanford front, and held off the late Cardinal rally to secure victory.

8. Washington: Beat Boise State 38-6. Washington showed that they were a step ahead of past teams by torching a Chris Petersen team. No wonder Petersen felt that this was the next place for him to try and build a national title contender.

9. Washington State: Beat USC 10-7. What a strange game. USC did nothing, Washington State did nothing, and the Cougars eventually broke through at the end to get a defining win that would eventually allow them to go to a bowl game.

10. Oregon State: Beat Washington State 52-24. The Beavers did not have many signature wins, generally beating the teams they were supposed to beat and lose to the teams they were supposed to lose to. Their best win was a rout in Pullman, overwhelming Mike Leach's squad in quick order.

11. Colorado: Beat Colorado State 41-27. Mike MacIntyre was brought in to turn around the Buffaloes, and he started off on the right foot by beating their rivals. The Rams were a good team (they would beat Washington State in their bowl game), so this turned out to be the most important win of MacIntyre's campaign to turn Colorado football around.

12. Cal: Beat Portland State 37-30. Hey, a win! That's good.

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