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Pacific Takes Pac-12 Power Rankings 10/6: USC moves up in South

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Not much movement in this week's rankings.

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North

1. Stanford 4-1 3-0 (#1 last week)

Stanford is back in a big way and is all alone at the top in the North until proven otherwise. The Cardinal were a near unanimous choice for number one in the North.

2. Cal 5-0 2-0 (#2 last week)

Another week, another good, but shaky win for Cal. Getting to 5-0 was huge for the Bears, but they are going to start getting tested by better teams starting this week when they head to Utah.

3. Oregon 3-2 1-1 (#3 last week)

It wasn't pretty or impressive, but the Ducks got the win they needed at Colorado. They are still lurking in the North with just one Pac-12 loss.

4. Washington (#4 last week) 2-2 0-1

The Huskies might have a hard time avoiding the North cellar in the next few weeks as they play at USC, Oregon and at Stanford.

5. Oregon State 2-2 0-1 (#5 last week)

The Beavers hold only a narrow edge over Washington State for the fifth spot.

6. Washington State 2-2 0-1 (#6 last week)

The Cougars showed some fight by taking Cal down to the wire. They aren't cemented to the North floor yet.

South

1. Utah 4-0 1-0 (#1 last week)

Utah scored points by not even playing this week. They are the only undefeated team remaining in the South.

2. USC 3-1 1-1 (#3 last week)

The Trojans are creeping back up. Their national title hopes are not completely gone just yet.

3. UCLA 4-1 1-1 (#2 last week)

Arizona State fans probably wonder how UCLA is still ahead of them after losing to them, but I am guessing fans gave UCLA the edge because they only have one overall loss.

4. Arizona State 3-2 1-1 (#5 last week)

The Sun Devils rose from the dead by winning at UCLA. They are still right in the thick of things in the South.

5. Arizona 3-2 0-2 (#4 last week)

The Wildcats are almost completely already buried in the South.

6. Colorado 3-2 0-1 (#6 last week)

The Buffs put up a fight against struggling Oregon, but still look like a not very good Pac-12 team.