1. Washington Huskies (9-0)
The Huskies cracked the top four this week and will be hosting College Game Day this week as they play USC. Chris Peterson and company must defend their top four rankings starting this week.
2. Washington State Cougars (7-2)
Mike Leach does not take this foot off the gas. The Cougars destroyed Arizona 69-7 as they gear up for their Apple Cup battle at the end of the year.
3. Colorado Buffalos (7-2)
Run. Ralphie. Run. Their defense shutdown a scuffling UCLA team and has given them a half game lead in the Pac-12 South.
4. USC Trojans (6-3)
The resurgence of USC will face it’s biggest challenge since week one. Traveling to No. 4 Washington, with the world watching, can USC come back into national prominence.
5. Utah Utes (7-2)
Utah has a tricky game this week against Arizona State. I would put them on upset alert this week and tell them to watch out. A loss might take them out of contention for the Pac-12 South title.
6. Stanford Cardinal (6-3)
The Cardinal is slowly coming back into form after a disappointing stretch. A true test of how far they’ve come against Oregon. Christian McCaffrey and which ever Stanford quarterback plays will be key to their success.
7. Arizona State Sun Devils (5-4)
Bowl eligibility hangs in the balance for the Sun Devils against Utah. A key Thursday night matchup at home against Utah can be the difference between a disappointing and a successful season for Todd Graham.
8. Cal Bears (4-5)
Coming off the heels of losing to Washington, Cal has to play the other Washington team this week. In recent years, this would have been an easy victory. Now Washington State is almost as dominant as their big brother. Cal just can’t catch a break.
9. UCLA Bruins (3-6)
Here is another show me week candidate. The Bruins are coming off another disappointing loss to Colorado. They lost by the largest margin of the season and it was only 10. They play a disappointing Oregon State this week and we should be able to tell just how bad UCLA really is this week.
10. Oregon Ducks (3-6)
The State of Oregon has had a disappointing year. The Ducks have been the biggest disappointment in the entire conference. The program could be going through some major changes after this year and a win against Stanford could go a long way.
11. Oregon State Beavers (2-7)
Oregon State performed very well but it wasn’t enough to beat the Cardinal. It seems to never be enough for the Beavers as they will travel to Pasadena to play the UCLA Bruins.
12. Arizona Wildcats (2-7)
Rich Rodriguez is sweating, almost dripping because his seat is on fire. They lost 69-7 to Washington State. They gave up, 69 points. Yes, 69. Somewhere Gronk is laughing.