|Thanks to QB Kevin Hogan's three touchdown passes in the Cardinal's win over Oregon State, Stanford was one of only two teams to move up in this week's power ranking. (US Presswire)|
Here's the CBSSports.com Rapid Reports Pac-12 power ranking:
We can sum up this week's power ranking in 13 words: Stanford and Oregon State switched spots and Washington and Arizona State switched spots. Everything else should look pretty familiar.
1. Oregon (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12): The Ducks are ranked No. 1 in our power ranking, No. 1 in the AP poll and No. 1 in the coaches poll. You know where they're not ranked No. 1? In the computers. Don't be surprised if Chip Kelly bans computers from campus this week as retaliation. Last week's ranking: 1. Next up: vs. No. 14 Stanford, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).
2. Stanford (8-2, 6-1): Stanford was able to beat Oregon State on Saturday despite turning the ball over four times. If it does that this week against Oregon, the Ducks will probably turn the turnovers into 87 points. Sure, its not mathematically possible to turn four turnovers into 87 points, but Oregon could probably still do it. We're just sayin'. Last week's ranking: 3. Next up: at No. 1 Oregon, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).
3. Oregon State (7-2, 5-2): Beside Oregon State's Pac-12 title hopes, the other thing that's taken a hit in the last three weeks is In-N-Out's burger sales. After starting undefeated, the Beavers have lost two of three, which means no burgers (coach Mike Riley has made a habit of taking his team out to the fast food restaurant after select road wins). Forget food for a second, though, because Riley has a hard decision to make this week at QB: Cody Vaz or Sean Mannion. Vaz (ankle) was banged up in the Beavers' loss to Stanford. Last week's ranking: 2. Next up: vs. Cal, 10:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
4. UCLA (8-2, 5-2): UCLA came within an onside kick of blowing a 30-point, second-half lead to Washington State on Saturday. The good news: The Bruins didn't blow the lead. The better news: They probably won't have to worry about blowing a 30-point lead this Saturday because they probably won't lead USC by 30 at any point. By the way, if you've never been to the Rose Bowl, this Saturday would be a good time to go as the UCLA-USC winner will earn a spot in the Pac-12 title game. Last week's ranking: 4. Next up: vs. No. 21 USC, 3 p.m. ET (Fox).
5. Arizona (6-4, 3-4): With quarterback Matt Scott (concussion) out against Colorado on Saturday, coach Rich Rodriguez dusted off the "in case Matt Scott gets injured" version of the playbook and it kind of worked. Arizona relied on its ground game and it responded with 438 yards on 38 carries. In case you're wondering, that's a ridiculous 11.5 yards per rush. Last week's ranking: 5. Next up: at Utah, 10 p.m. ET (ESPNU)
6. Southern Cal (7-3, 5-3): With a 38-17 win over Arizona State on Saturday, the Trojans proved they didn't need deflated footballs to win games, they just need QB Matt Barkley, RB Curtis McNeal and WR Marqise Lee. They'll probably really need that trio on Saturday when they travel to UCLA for a de facto Pac-12 South title game. Last week's ranking: 6. Next up: at No. 17 UCLA, 3 p.m. ET (Fox).
7. Washington (6-4, 4-3): The second-place Washington Huskies? Nobody was saying that in early October, but it's a distinct possibility now. If the Huskies win out (at Colorado, at Washington State) and Oregon beats both Stanford and Oregon State and then Stanford loses to UCLA, Washington will be the second place team in the Pac-12 North. There's a lot of "ifs" and "ands" in there, which is good, because we get paid by the "if" and "and." Last week's ranking: 8. Next up: at Colorado, 1:30 p.m. ET (FX).
8. Arizona State (5-5, 3-4): The Sun Devils have been staring bowl eligibility in the face for four weeks now and each week, bowl eligibility stares back coldly with a look of disinterest. ASU, which is now on a four-game slide, will get a fifth crack at becoming bowl eligible this week at home against a Washington State team that's currently on a seven-game losing streak and enduring a host of internal issues. Last week's ranking: 7. Next up: vs. Washington State, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
9. Utah (4-6, 2-5): Utah hasn't had a lot go its way this year, but one thing it did have was the "John White" rule. Over the past two seasons, in games where White went over 100 yards rushing, the Utes were 11-0. Now they don't even have that. White rushed for 142 yards in Utah's 32-15 loss to Washington on Saturday. With the loss, the Utes are now in a predicament called "win the rest of your regular season games if you want to become bowl eligible." Last week's ranking: 9. Next up: vs. Arizona, 10 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
10. Cal (3-8, 2-6): A favorite topic of conversation in the Pac-12 seems to be Jeff Tedford's job security, however, that won't be the case much longer. The Bears play their season finale this Saturday and you can probably expect AD Sandy Barbour to address Tedford's future some time shortly after the final horn. Last week's ranking: 10. Next up: at No. 15 Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).
11. Washington State (2-8, 0-7): It's been an ugly season on the field for the Cougars and now its becoming an ugly season off the field, too. WR Marquess Wilson officially quit the team on Saturday and made some damning allegations against coach Mike Leach and the coaching staff on his way out. WSU president Elson Floyd has called for an investigation; you might want to keep your eye on this. Last week's ranking: 11. Next up: at Arizona State, 3 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
12. Colorado (1-9, 1-6): It hasn't been a memorable year for Colorado, but it has been kind of memorable for the Buffs' opponents. Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey made a few lifelong memories on Saturday when he rushed for a Pac-12 record 366 yards. Carey broke a record that had stood for 28 years. Last week's ranking: 12. Next up: vs. Washington 1:30 p.m. ET (FX).