This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Pac-12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.
The Ducks consolidated their grip on the No. 2 spot thanks to LSU's loss and a blowout win over a ranked Washington squad. Last week, eight of the 60 AP voters had Oregon lower than the second spot on their ballots; this week, it was just three. At this point, the team controls its destiny in terms of getting to Miami for the national title game, but plenty of tough tests remain.
10/14. Oregon State
The Beavers were 3-9 last season -- 3-9. They now have four wins and are a top-10 team. If that doesn't make Mike Riley one of the top candidates for Coach of the Year, not sure what does. They didn't play sharp this weekend but managed to still get a win and moved up four spots in the AP Poll and three in the Coaches. A big test awaits at BYU on Saturday. If the team passes that, one wonders how high they'll keep climbing.
The Trojans' title hopes were helped out thanks to Florida's win over LSU and the fact that Oregon just keeps winning. The team got into a quick hole at Utah but managed to storm back thanks to a solid defensive effort. They're still a fringe top-10 team in the minds of many voters, but a win at Washington this week should be able to boost the Trojans' reputation further.
The Cardinal move up one spot after holding on in overtime against Arizona in a thrilling victory on Saturday afternoon. They're still ranked behind fellow one-loss team USC, whom they beat, but have a chance to earn a top-10 ranking with a trip to South Bend to take on Notre Dame.
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State was off but picked up more votes (they'd be No. 26 in the Coaches) as they're making an argument to be ranked before taking on Oregon next week. Washington and Arizona also appeared on a few ballots.
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