Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 11 with a Sagarin Twist

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Last week’s power rankings can be found here.

With apologies for the belated post, I bid you a joyous Thursday night of great football.

Oct 31, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars receiver Gabe Marks (9) scores on a 34-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wow, here we are moving into Week 11. The Pac 12 has figured itself out, just as a whole new confusion of non-conference play on the hardwood. The weeks of rest conclude, with Oregon State and Washington state both on rest this week. After Saturday, no more byes for anyone! Post season eligibility has already been reached by seven of twelve teams, four others still hold onto bowl dreams, with Cal treating each game as a gasp for oxygen.

This week we will take a look at what the computers over at Sagarin have to say about each teams’ measure not only ranking wise, but strength of schedule (SOS) as well.

12) Cal – (6) (1-8, 0-6)

The Bears’ best effort of the year was not quite enough. Thirteen games since Cal beat an FBS opponent. Yup.

Sagarin agrees ranking Cal at 108 in the nation, though SOS at 6 could be part of that. Thirteen FCS teams are ranked about Cal, and no BCS teams are ranked below. Yup, poor basters of Berkeley.

11) Colorado – (12) (3-5, 0-5)

Somehow Colorado can still hope for a bowl. A freshman QB could improve. In theory, with some optimism, Colorado could win three of four and go somewhere in December. Washington, Cal (they’ll win this one), USC, and Utah. Intriguing, but not bloody likely.

Colorado is ranked 86th in the nation, with an SOS of 13. That SOS is rather surprising, as it includes two victories against FCS teams at home plus their third win against instate “rival” CSU, and a DNP against upstart Fresno State.

10) Utah – (18) (4-4, 1-4)

A dire few weeks begin for Utah. ASU and Oregon, then likely must win games against WSU and Colorado. I see one true uncertainty. Look for it . . . Yup. Their biggest game is in three weeks on the Palouse. Utah will remain at this point, among the little brothers of the Pac for the remainder of the season.

Utah is ranked 37 by sagarin with the fourth most difficult schedule in the country. In about a month either Sagarin or All Coug’d Up will look silly. I feel pretty confident, Utah will not be bowling.

9) WSU – (28) (4-5,2-4)

Okay, well, one game in 28 days. Is that enough rest for you guys? Let hope so. Two of three, that’ s all we ask. Doable. Lets just get those two taken care of before we head into Seattle full of Turkey.

All hope is not lost Coug fans, as Sagarin currently puts WSU at 51 with a 7 SOS. Keep fighting, this can be done.

8) Arizona – (32) (6-2, 3-2)

Yes, Wildcat fans, your national respect is growing, but hoops starts tomorrow, and then UCLA marches into Tuscon. The stadium will be empty, and the football team will begin to wonder what happened, the grizzled red-shirt seniors will explain to the freshman that, sorry, football is merely a distraction for the months leading into basketball season.

Sagarin has the Zona boys ranked 32 with an SOS, the second easiest in the Pac-12.

7) Washington – (33) (5-3, 2-3)

Dawgs, want to go bowling, you could achieve that dream in easy fashion Saturday in what only masochists could call perfect football weather. Enjoy the rain, doggies.

Sagarin loves the purple, though. Ranking them at 18 with an SOS of 14. The Pac is good, if our seventh team is ranked 18th here.

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