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BTD’s Pac-12 Football Power Rankings: Week 11

Huskies surge back up to the top spot.

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1. Washington (#9 in AP Poll, 8-1 overall, 5-1 conference)

Last week: won vs Oregon, 38-3

Washington finds themselves back at the top of the conference. Leading the way is their stout defense which held the Ducks to zero touchdowns. That’s the first time Oregon has not scored a touchdown in nearly ten years! Also, Special Teams POW, Dante Pettis, showed his flash yet again on his record breaking punt return.

Up next: at Stanford

2. USC (#15 in AP Poll, 8-2 overall, 6-1 conference)

Last week: won vs Arizona, 49-35

USC appears to be the first team to figure out Khalil Tate, albeit just for a half, but it was enough to get the job done. With the win over Arizona, the Trojans find themselves in the driver seat for the South, just needing to win one of their next two games to clinch. By the way, Ronald Jones II is becoming one of my favorite players to watch in this conference.

Up next: at Colorado

3. Washington State (#19 in AP Poll, 8-2 overall, 5-2 conference)

Last week: won vs Stanford, 24-21

The Cougars were able to contain Bryce Love for nearly the entire game, and squeaked out a nail biter to keep themselves in position for the North. Also noteworthy, Luke Falk also broke Sean Mannion’s record for the conference’s all-time passing leader (and I shed a tear).

Up next: at Utah

4. Stanford (RV in AP Poll, 6-3 overall, 5-2 conference)

Last week: lost at Washington State, 24-21

Stanford came close to handing the Cougars their first home loss of the year, but now find themselves behind the Washington schools for the North’s top spot. Bryce Love was pretty well contained (minus a 52 touchdown run) and held to under 100 rushing yards for the first time all year. KJ Costello helped pick up the slack with one of the more unusual plays you’d ever see from a quarterback.

Up next: vs Washington

5. Arizona (RV in AP Poll, 6-3 overall, 4-2 conference)

Last week: lost at USC, 49-35

The Wildcats saw their four game winning streak come to an end against the Trojans. While Arizona found themselves in a big whole early, they were able to roar back to tie the game late to make things interesting. Oh, and Khalil Tate still managed to run up 161 yards, making it 5 straight games of at least 137 rushing yards.

Up next: vs Oregon State

6. Arizona State (5-4 overall, 4-2 conference)

Last week: won vs Colorado, 41-30

The Sun Devils took care of business in their new “Brotherhood” uniforms as they came from behind in the fourth quarter. They are in a good position to qualify for the post season as there next two games are very winnable, even on the road. Check out the go ahead touchdown from their last game. I’m sure Eno Benjamin is still dizzy.

Up next: at UCLA

7. Oregon (5-5 overall, 2-5 conference)

Last week: lost at Washington, 38-3

Here’s the Ducks’ every scoring play against the Huskies.

Up next: bye

8. Colorado (5-5 overall, 2-5 conference)

Last week: lost at Arizona State, 41-30

After starting the season 3-0, Colorado has now gone 2-5 and finds themselves in a position where they may not even make a bowl game. There next game is against USC, and then they have to play their rivalry game against Utah on the road. Things are a bit frustrating for Ralphie Nation right now.

Up next: vs USC

9. Utah (5-4 overall, 2-4 conference)

Last week: won vs UCLA, 48-17

Utah was able to snap their four game losing streak against a struggling UCLA team that was without their star quarterback, Josh Rosen. You have to wonder where would Utah be if they hadn’t picked up Darren Carrington who has 500 more yards than the next leading receiver and triple the touchdowns.

Up next: vs Washington State

10. California (5-5 overall, 2-5 conference)

Last week: won vs Oregon State, 37-23

Patrick Laird chewed up the Beaver defense with a career day, and Ross Bowers had his most efficient game of the year. Enjoy the offense for now Cal, Oregon State is coming for your offensive coordinator!

Up next: bye

11. UCLA (4-5 overall, 2-4 conference)

Last week: lost at Utah, 48-17

This was not a good year to miss out on UCLA. But hey, check out one of the best catches of the year, provided by the Bruins!

Up next: vs Arizona State

12. Oregon State (1-8 overall, 0-6 conference)

Last week: lost at California, 37-23

The reality of a winless conference season is coming to fruition in Corvallis after losing what looked like their last winnable game on the schedule. Beaver fans better hope that the Ducks starting quarterback, Justin Herbert, remains on the sideline for the rest of the season. We may just have to run trick plays the rest of the year.

Up next: at Arizona