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Pac-12 Notebook: Week 13 Power Rankings

Two weeks left, and the race for bowl eligibility continues for many teams.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 Oregon State at Cal Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Beavs won again. We are one win away from bowling. That’s all the prelude I need on this article. Let’s rip it...

#12. Arizona Wildcats (4-6 Overall, 2-5 Conference)

This weekend against Oregon, the Cats looked overwhelmed in every aspect. The offense provided little spark to keep the team in the game and the defense gave it their best effort, but stood no chance against the Ducks. All in all, the Cats finished with 240 total yards but allowed 471 to the Ducks. A beating in every way describable. With a trip to Utah coming up this weekend, it is looking like Arizona will spend their December watching bowl season from their homes.

Next Opponent: vs #7 Utah

#11. Stanford Cardinal (4-6 Overall, 3-5 Conference)

Another week without KJ Costello, and another loss for the Cardinal. Davis Mills stepped in and played exceptionally well with over 500 yards passing, but was unable to overcome a defense that allowed 49 points and over 600 total yards. Points were to be expected this game, but I think more was expected of the Stanford defense in this game. They were overwhelmed and inept against the Cougs this weekend. As a result, Stanford now faces a tall task to get to bowl eligibility. This weekend against Cal in the Big Game will be an opportunity to win, but then a season finale clash against Notre Dame will be a monumental task for David Shaw and company.

Next Opponent: vs Cal

#10. Colorado Buffaloes (4-6 Overall, 2-5 Conference)

Colorado had a bye this past weekend and now will face the Huskies this weekend.

Next Opponent: vs Washington

#9. UCLA Bruins (4-6 Overall, 4-3 Conference)

After going on a winning streak the past few weeks, the Bruins ran smack into the Utah buzzsaw this past weekend. The Bruins stood no chance against Utah in their 49-3 loss. Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 219 yards but turned the ball over twice while the rushing game accrued just 50 yards. The defense gave up over 536 yards and 49 points and did little to slow down Utah. A bad week for the Bruins, but they have two winnable games in the last few weeks to try and get to bowl eligibility.

Next Opponent: @ USC

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 16 UCLA at Utah Photo by Boyd Ivey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#8. Cal Bears (5-5 Overall, 2-5 Conference)

Cal was hoping that the return of Chase Garbers would mean a boost for the offense and the team, but that did not come to happen against the Trojans. Devon Modster started the game and looked downright awful in the game. Deshawn Collins was a bright spot for the offense as he rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough. USC was able to beat down the strong Cal defense. This game was tight until half, but the Trojans turned it on in the second half and put away Cal for good. The Bears now have two weeks to get to magic win number six, and will have their first chance this weekend against rival Stanford.

Next Opponent: @ Stanford

#7. Arizona State Sun Devils (5-5 Overall, 2-5 Conference)

The Sun Devils suffered a brutal loss on a missed two-point conversion at the end of the game. ASU fought tooth and nail throughout the entire night against the Beavs and had several chances to win at the end. While the loss hurt, Jayden Daniels balled out and carried the Sun Devil offense. While ASU has had it’s ups and downs throughout this season, there is no doubt that Daniels will be the future at Arizona State. And depending on if Eno Benjamin comes back next season, the Sun Devils could be scary opponent to face in 2020.

Next Opponent: vs #6 Oregon

Stanford v Washington State Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

#6. Washington State Cougars (5-5 Overall, 2-5 Conference)

The Cougs bounced back in a big way and beat up the Cardinal to get within one win of bowl eligibility. Anthony Gordon threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns, which is to be expected for Wazzu. What was unexpected was how the rushing offense for Washington State showed out this weekend as well. Max Borghi turned in a show and rushed for 111 yards and had 34 yards receiving. It will be hard to stop the Cougs when the air and ground attacks are working so well.

Next Opponent: vs Oregon State

#5. Oregon State Beavers (5-5 Overall, 4-3 Conference)

YAAAASSSSSS WINNING IS FUN. Okay now that that’s out of my system, time to be serious. The Beavs pulled out a fantastic win against the Sun Devils. Jake Luton turned in a spectacular game and continues his fantastic season for the Beavs. The rushing offense was decent, but it was big games from Isaiah Hodgins (duh) and Noah Togiai that helped Luton and offense lead the way. The defense did just enough to hang onto the win, but it can’t be stated enough that Omar Speights has become a rockstar as a freshman and will without a doubt be a cornerstone of this defense for a long time. The Beavs are now one win away from bowling and with a trip to Pullman on the agenda this weekend, Beaver Nation will be praying for the magic win number six this weekend.

Next Opponent: @ Wazzu

#4. Washington Huskies (6-4 Overall, 3-4 Conference)

The Huskies rested this past weekend and will look to finish their season strong against the Buffs and Cougs in the coming weeks.

Next Opponent: Bye

#3. USC Trojans (7-4 Overall, 6-2 Conference)

The Trojans took care of business in Berkeley this past weekend and now continue to save their coach Helton’s job as they put themselves in position for a more prestigious bowl with each additional win. Kedon Slovis had a monster game with 406 yards passing and four touchdowns and was the catalyst for the USC offense. If Slovis continues playing like this, he could force the Trojan staff to make a difficult decision on who should start next season when JT Daniels returns. Also, the defense turned in a solid game as well. Anytime you can keep an opponent to under 20 points, you are giving the offense every chance to win that game. The Trojans will face UCLA this weekend in the battle for Los Angeles in their final game of the season.

Next Opponent: vs UCLA

#2. #7 Utah Utes (9-1 Overall, 6-1 Conference)

The Utes came into a possible trap game against a hot UCLA team and quickly put the Bruins down. The Utah defense was the biggest star on the day with three points allowed but also forced five turnovers, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Tyler Huntley continues to produce elite play at the quarterback position with 335 yards passing and two touchdowns. Zack Moss also had himself a day with 127 yards rushing, 73 yards receiving, and two touchdowns on the day. This is a game that shows how good of a team Utah can be. This is a playoff-caliber team from the South. With matches against Arizona and Colorado to finish the season, the Utes should be able to cruise to Santa Clara for a date with the Oregon Ducks.

Next Opponent: @ Arizona

Arizona v Oregon Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

#1. #6 Oregon Ducks (9-1 Overall, 7-0 Conference)

And once again here we are. I was tempted to bump Utah up here, but the Ducks CFP ranking keeps them here for me. Justin Herbert was dealing on the day and threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns and completed passes to nine different receivers in the process. His play has elevated as the season has progressed and he is playing at an elite level. Huntley and Herbert have played themselves into a category above the rest of the conference, and that play has elevated their teams to playoff caliber as well. The Ducks defense also shined this weekend as they allowed only six points and 240 total yards from a dangerous Wildcat offense. The Ducks clinched the North with their win this past weekend, and are now set to square off against the Utes at Levi’s Stadium.

Next Opponent: @ Arizona State

What are your thoughts on this power ranking? Should one team be higher? Lower? Let us know in the comments section!