We’re back! After a brief hiatus the Pac 12 Football Power Rankings are here to stay. Or at least for one more week as season is about to come for an end. In two weeks much has happened on the left coast but the top still remains the same.
1. Stanford – Finished the season with one conference loss and still has a glimmer of hope for a playoff birth if some chaos can happen this weekend. Beating no. 6 Notre Dame helps too. Up next is the conference championship game against a team they defeated earlier in the season, the USC Trojans.
2. Oregon – Defeated both of the participants in the Pac 12 championship game and finished the season with a six game winning streak. Had a lethargic effort against Oregon State and still won by ten points, but if you thought the defense turned the corner you were wrong. Giving up 42 points to Oregon State will put Don Pellum squarely back on the hot seat. The Ducks have an outside shot at a New Years Six bowl.
3. USC – Snapped a three-game losing streak to UCLA and as a result won the Pac 12 South for the first time in school history. Todd Helton gets the job full-time and the Trojans will get another shot against Stanford for a chance to go to the Rose Bowl.
4. Utah – Beat Colorado to finish the season 9-3 but you can’t help but feel so much was left on the table this year.
5. Washington State- A great season finished with a resounding thud as the Cougars were demolished by Washington in the Apple Cup. But considering where Wazzu was at the beginning of the season an 8-4 season was a breakthrough for Mike Leach.
6. UCLA – For the second straight season UCLA loses their final regular season game and a shot to win the the Pac 12 South but this one hurts more as USC will have bragging rights now. Injuries derailed the season but Bruin fans can take solace in the fact that Josh Rosen is the answer at quarterback.
7. California – The bears defeated Arizona State thanks to a game-winning field goal to finish the season 7-5. It’s Sonny Dykes first winning season in Strawberry Canyon so look for him to finally get an extension as the Bears will be bowling for the first time since 2011.
8. Arizona State – To say expectations were not met in the desert would be an understatement as the Sun Devils finish with a forgettable 6-6 season for Todd Graham. Safe to say he won’t be called for any new jobs this season. Or is it?
9. Washington – Finally got the elusive sixth win as they won the Apple Cup decisively. Chris Petersen has the Huskies trending up and I’m sure next year Washington will be a trendy team in the pre-season.
10. Arizona – Lost the Territorial Cup to end the year and awaits their postseason fate. Like UCLA, injuries derailed the season. That and a weak defense.
11. Colorado – Buffs haven’t been able to finish since moving to the Pac 12 as they post another losing record. Next year could be make or break for Mike Macintyre.
12. Oregon State – Put up a valiant effort in the Civil War. Didn’t have many victories this season but won a moral victory to close the season.