Inside the Pac-12

November 3, 2010 8:31 PM

Week Nine Pac-10 Rankings


#1 Oregon Ducks 8-0 #1(BCS)

The Ducks are currently #1 in the BCS Rankings and beat USC 53-32. If the Ducks can win out they will be playing in Arizona in the BCS National Championship. Oregon's offense is hitting on all cylinders. QB Darron Thomas, RB LaMichael James and WR Jeff Maehl are impossible to stop at this point in time. Against the Trojans Maehl had 8 catches for 145 yards and 3 TD's. The Ducks get the Washington Huskies at home this week as they look to remain undefeated.

#2 Stanford Cardinal 7-1 #12 (Coaches Poll)

The Cardinal blasted Washington 41-0. Andrew Luck was 19/26 for 192 yards and 1 TD. Luck also had a 51-yard TD run. Stanford has a big game against the #13 Arizona Wildcats this Saturday. The winner of this game will remain in contention for a BCS spot. Stanford continues to get better on the ground. RB Stepfan Taylor had 104 yards and 2 TD's and Tyler Gaffney rushed for 50 yards and 1 TD. If Stanford can get by Arizona it is very possible that they will not lose against ASU, California and Oregon State.

#3 Arizona Wildcats 7-1 #13 (Coaches Poll)

The Wildcats have been very impressive the last two games, because they were able to win two games with back-up QB Matt Scott. In a 29-21 win over UCLA Scott was 24/36 for 319 yards. The Arizona defense continues to be tough on opposing offenses. The Wildcats held the Bruins to 71 yards rushing. This week Arizona will play #12 Stanford on the road.

#4 USC Trojans 5-3

The Trojans are coming off a 53-32 loss to the Oregon Ducks. USC is not as talented as they were three or four years ago, but the games against Stanford and Washington could have went their way if they could have made one more big play on the offensive or defensive side of the ball. Teams like Oregon and Stanford have more talent at the skill positions than USC at this point in time. Kiffin has a difficult job ahead of him when it comes to recruiting for next year. Will Kiffin be able to bring in 4 and 5 star recruits when the Trojans will not be able to play in a Bowl game in 2011? The Trojans will face ASU at home this Saturday.

#5 Oregon State Beavers 4-3

The Beavers defeated California 35-7. After a 0-2 start and the loss of WR James Rodgers to a season ending injury Oregon State keeps finding ways to win games. Jacquizz Rodgers rushed 22 times for 119 yards and 3 TD against the Bears. Oregon State is only two wins from qualifying for a Bowl. The Beavers face UCLA this Saturday.

#6 Arizona State Sun Devils 4-4

ASU held the Cougars scoreless in a 42-0 victory. QB Steven Threet was very efficient in this game. Threet was 26/32 for 300 yards, 3 TD's and he did not turn the ball over. If ASU would have been able to avoid turning the ball over earlier in the season they would have had a few more W's in the win column. With four games remaining the Sun Devils have to find a way to finish the season at 2-2. ASU travels to USC this Saturday. The Sun Devils are good enough on the defensive side of the ball to keep this game close.

#7 California 4-4

The Bears are coming off a 35-7 loss to Oregon State and they lost their starting QB Kevin Riley to a season ending injury. Cal plays Washington State this week in a game they must win in order to keep themselves in contention for a Bowl. The Bears will have to rely on their running game until they get their QB situation straightened out.

#8 UCLA Bruins 3-5

The Bruins have been very inconsistent this season. They beat Texas on the road one week then lost 35-7 to California on the road a few weeks later. Last week UCLA lost a close game 29-21 to #13 Arizona. The Bruins have enough talent to be competitive, but they have not been able to put a three game winning streak together. UCLA faces Oregon State, Washington and ASU over the next four weeks. If the Bruins want to become Bowl eligible they must win the next three games in a row.

#9 Washington Huskies 3-5

The injuries to QB Jake Locker are directly related to the Huskies record. Washington still has a chance to make a Bowl game if they can win three out of their last four games. UW faces Oregon, UCLA, California and Washington State to end the season.

#10 Washington State Cougars 1-8

The Cougars still have a long way to go before they are competitive in the Pac-10. WSU lost 42-0 to ASU. The Sun Devils are probably the 5th or 6th best team in the Pac-10 and the Cougars are not able to compete with ASU. Washington State faces California this week.

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