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Pacific Takes Pac-12 Power Rankings 12/3: Arizona State takes fourth spot

Lots of shuffling after the third spot this week.

NCAA Football: Arizona at Arizona State Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
  1. Utah 11-1 8-1 (Last week: 1) - The Utes put the glue on their best team in the Pac-12 during the regular season trophy, bashing Colorado. They beat up everyone they played other than at USC in a close loss and a close win at Washington.
  2. Oregon 10-2 8-1 (Last week: 2) - The Ducks took care of business just like the Utes. They still control their own destiny in the power rankings. Beat Utah in Santa Clara and they’re back on top.
  3. USC 8-4 7-2 (Last week: 3) - The Trojans hold steady after their second bye week and not getting the upset they needed in Salt Lake City.
  4. Arizona State 7-5 4-5 (Last week: 5) - The Sun Devils closed better than anyone in the conference other than Utah. Their early-season win over Cal puts them ahead of Cal and Washington with the 4-5/7-5 teams.
  5. Cal 7-5 4-5 (Last week: 6) - Winning at UCLA pushes the Bears up a spot and their win at Washington slides them ahead of the Huskies. A solid finish to the season for Justin Wilcox’ team.
  6. Washington 7-5 4-5 (Last week: 4) - The Huskies won the Apple Cup again, guaranteeing another winning season and continuing their streak of dominance in the rivalry, but not much else.
  7. Oregon State 5-7 4-5 (Last week: 8) - That Hawaii loss stings so bad as the Beavers were actually good enough in-conference to go to a bowl game. They gave Oregon a lot to handle in The Civil War too, even without Jake Luton.
  8. UCLA 4-8 4-5 (Last week: 10) - How does UCLA jump three spots after losing to Cal at home? Because their in-conference record is pretty solid.
  9. Washington State 6-6 3-6 (Last week: 7) - The Cougars just can’t compete in the Apple Cup. Making it to a bowl game is still a solid accomplishment this year though.
  10. Colorado 5-7 3-6 (Last week: 9) - The Buffs close up shop on a good, but not great first season for Mel Tucker.
  11. Stanford 4-8 3-6 (last week: 11) - Ugly, ugly season for the Cardinal. They have way too much talent to be second-to-last in the Pac-12. David Shaw has a lot of rebuilding to do in 2020.
  12. Arizona 4-8 2-7 (Last week: 12) - It’s not the end of the line for Kevin Sumlin, but the Wildcats were the worst team in the Pac-12 and that’s gotta turn up the heat on his seat.