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Pacific Takes Pac-12 Power Rankings 11/16: UCLA takes over top spot in South

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Arizona State's heartbreak is UCLA's gain.

Steve Dykes

North

1. Oregon 9-1 6-1 (1)

The Ducks got a much-needed bye week to heal up and now have about as easy of a game as you are going to get in the Pac-12 this season, hosting Colorado. It would be a shock if they lose a Pac-12 game down the stretch.

2. Stanford 5-5 3-4 (2)

The fact that Stanford is holding onto this spot should be embarrassing for the North. They now have a must-win game at Cal this weekend or they could easily miss a bowl and tumble towards the bottom half of the North.


3. Washington 6-5 2-5 (4)

The Huskies were seconds away from getting a huge win on the road at Arizona, but it was not to be. The Huskies now get two games against the bottom of the North to try and turn things around.

4. Cal 5-5 3-5 (3)

I guess Washington nearly beating Arizona and Cal getting blown out early against USC was enough to flip them. The Bears have to be ecstatic about getting a shot at beating a spiraling downward Stanford team in Berkeley.

5. Oregon State 5-5 2-5 (6)

The Beavers may have lost at home to Washington State two weeks ago, but a win over Arizona State and a 5-5 record gets them ahead of the Cougars.

6. Washington State 3-7 2-5 (5)

A good time for a week off for the Cougars as they try to finish by upsetting a shell-shocked Arizona State team and win the Apple Cup in Pullman.

South

1. UCLA 8-2 5-2 (2)

Arizona State’s heartbreak is UCLA’s fortune. They are now the leader in the Pac in the South and finish with two home games.

2. Arizona State 8-2 5-2 (1)

It was all there for the Sun Devils, but they just couldn’t pull it off. They can still have an excellent season and win the Pac-12 with a little help though.

3. Arizona 8-2 5-2 (5)

It’s not pretty, but the Wildcats find a way to win and are still right in the thick of the South race.

4. USC 7-3 6-2 (4)

The Trojans can be breathtaking when they are playing well, but also frustrating as hell when they aren’t. They can put themselves in a great spot to win the South if they can win in Pasadena next Saturday.

5. Utah 7-3 4-3 (3)

The Utes tumbled even though they got a good win on the road at Stanford, but I think it has a lot to do with their three conference losses.

6. Colorado 2-8 0-7 (6)

A week off was nice for the unlucky Buffs and they are now going to need some serious luck to stay in the game Saturday at Oregon.