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Week 8 Pac-12 Football Power Rankings

It’s measuring stick week for the entire Pac-12

Oregon State v Washington Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

1.Washington Huskies (7-0)

Another week, another dominant win for the Huskies. Their game this past week was basically a warmup for their most important game of the season. On the road against No. 17 Utah, with College Game Day coming to Salt Lake, Huskies beware.

2. Utah Utes (7-1)

Joe Williams, that is all. Utah’s new found star absolutely torched the UCLA Bruins’ defense. Now all eyes turn to the matchup that will most likely be a Pac-12 Championship preview. The Utes are a +10 home underdog, this reeks of an upset.

3. Colorado Buffaloes (6-2)

It wasn’t pretty, but Ralphie does it again. A 10-5 victory against Stanford is massive for the momentum of the program. Becoming bowl eligible with this victory was just icing on the top. Now they host a wounded UCLA team, Colorado is riding on cloud nine right now.

4. Washington State Cougars (5-2)

Leach Graham Gate ended with a Mike Leach victory. The postgame antics were specular and maybe even a boost for the team. A road game against the Oregon State Beavers will be a good measuring stick game for the Cougars.

5. USC Trojans (4-3)

Look how far we’ve come. The Trojan dumpster fire has been hosed down a bit and the program looks like its returning back to normalcy. This week the face a offensively loaded Cal team and will prove to the public how far they’ve come since being destroyed by Alabama.

6. Arizona State Sun Devils (5-3)

Todd Graham got handed a very tough loss this week by his new rival in life, Mike Leach. Graham will look to release his and the teams pent up anger and frustration against a very bad Oregon team.

7. Cal Bears (4-3)

Davis Webb, King of Cal, and bringer of offense. Defensive coaches had a tough time watching Cal’s game against Oregon last week but the Bears came out on top after blowing a big lead. Cal will travel to one of its biggest tests this year, the USC Trojans.

8. Stanford Cardinal (4-3)

The fall has been steep for Cardinal. Scoring only five points against Colorado is a new low for Stanford given their expectations coming into the season. Stanford came into the season dreaming of a playoff berth, now they are just hoping to become bowl eligible as they travel to Arizona.

9. UCLA Bruins (3-5)

Joe Bruin was not happy with last week’s defensive performance from UCLA. Joe Williams embarrassed the entire defense and put UCLA’s bowl chances in jeopardy. Things won’t get easier for Jim Mora’s team as they travel to Colorado next week.

10. Oregon State Beavers (2-5)

As expected, the Beavers didn’t stand much of a chance against No. 4 Washington. But that much we knew, now they face another tough opponent in the other Washington school, the Washington State Cougars.

11. Arizona Wildcats (2-5)

Another week, another Arizona loss. Am I the only one who thinks Rich Rodriguez’s job isn’t safe. Yes? Well, I guess next week’s game against Stanford will either reinforce or help Rich Rod’s case to stay as the Arizona coach.

12. Oregon Ducks (2-5)

Can you say, Dumpster fire? Oregon has fallen and it’s been a steep, dark, painful fall. It’s only a matter of time until the program goes under massive changes. Facing Arizona State this week could be a boost for the program, if they win and that’s a big if.