Pac-12 Week 9 Power Rankings

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Oct 19, 2013; Stanford, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal center Khalil Wilkes (65) gets ready to snap the ball during the third quarter in a game against the UCLA Bruins at Stanford Stadium. Stanford won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

6. Washington (34) (4-3, 1-3)

Wow, Washington is once again removing fecal matter from the bed. Three losses in a row, each more painful than the last. Our condolences to the Golden Bears.

5. Oregon State (42) (6-1, 4-0)

It’s time to start believing in the Beavers, or maybe not. The polls have OSU back at #25, but though bowl eligible, there is a strong possibility that they do not notch another W this season. Stanford has the accelerator to the floor, Manion has a chance to define his team, but optimism is not wise, Beaver believers.

4. Arizona State (44) (5-2, 3-1)

Arizona State could be the best team in the South, IF the Devils remained in Tempe. Lord knows what they have at Sun Devil Stadium, because it certainly is not attendance. 13,000 empty seats last week against a nationally ranked opponent. ASU has not won a game outside of Tempe yet this season. Their fans are praying for unseasonable warmth on the Palouse, Cougs are hoping for snow, too early to predict, but Pullman faculty, don’t plan for much to happen in the classroom on All Saints Day.

3. UCLA (49) (5-1, 2-1)

The Bruins are no longer unbeaten, but they should keep their heads held high. Stanford is no Utah, and a close loss on the Farm is not the end of the world. Keeping close in Eugene will be sufficient for UCLA to remain at the second tier of the Pac. A spanking will bring them back down with the merely good, rather than establishing them as great. Worth tuning in if family matters don’t dictate non-football activities on the bye week.

2. Stanford (55) (6-1, 4-1)

Playing with a few chips on their shoulders might bring the Cardinal to prominence. Close games in Palo Alto and a loss in SLC. Stanford is the highest ranking one loss team in the BCS. Winning out could vault them to a NC game. It is time for them to take small bites, though. Focus on each opponent, each play. If they do that, anything is possible. The Cardinal are fare more palatable in a National Championship game than the Ducks. Speaking of which . . .

1. Oregon (60) (7-0, 4-0)

Defensive Coordinator Alliotti basically spent five minutes Saturday night complaining that a seagull (part portrayed by Mike Leach) defecated on his Ferrari. Sore winner. Oregon forgets that their success is a recent phenomenon. Living memory of Duck football is historically poor. Maybe it is too much to expect class from an infant (in measure of historic football success). Any way, the game is over, WSU put up 38 points, easily covering the spread. It boggles my mind that Alliotti (who should have been examining game film all week) was perplexed at Leach throwing the ball late in the game. As he should know, Leach does not necessarily run the ball when he is trying to kill the clock. Alliotta has apologized, but, likely at bequest of the University, not of his own volition. All Leach was doing was giving his kids something to hang their hats on after the Ducks had already run up the score. Stay classy, Eugene, or rather, obtain some class.

Last weeks rankings can be found HERE.