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Pac 12 Power Rankings
Swinney, Smith, Karren
Posted Nov 27, 2011
A new number 1 emerges as the regular season closes in the Pac 12...
1. USC (10-2, 7-2)
Outside of LSU and Alabama, does anyone in the country look better than USC right now? They trounced UCLA 50-0 in their season finale, but won't be going bowling due to probation. If Matt Barkley comes back, we might be looking at the number 1 team in the nation to open next season.
2. Stanford (11-1, 8-1)
The Cardinal too apart Notre Dame and will now head to their second straight BCS game, likely in Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl against the winner of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State or Michigan.
3. Oregon (10-2, 8-1)
The Ducks wrapped up the north with over 600 yards of offense in destroying Oregon State. They'll take on UCLA in the Pac 12 Championship Game for the right to play in the Rose Bowl.
4. Washington (7-5, 5-4)
Washington won the Apple Cup and got Paul Wulff fired with their win over Wazzu. The Huskies could be the class of the conference next season, and now will probably be headed to San Antonio for the Alamo Bowl.
5. Cal (7-5, 4-5)
The Bears suddenly look formidable, and Jeff Tedford looks to have saved his job for now after knocking off Cal and finishing he season strong. They could be headed to one of many bowl spots, but the Holiday Bowl is most likely.
Utah blew a golden opportunity with their shocking home loss to Colorado. Instead of playing Oregon for the Pac 12 title next week, they'll have to wait it out to see where they're headed for a bowl game. The Sun Bowl seems like the logical destination.
7. UCLA (6-6, 5-4)
A new low for UCLA football with the 50-0 beating at the hands of USC. Rick Neuheisel should be canned shortly, but first up, the Pac 12 Title Game against Oregon.
8. Arizona State (6-6, 4-5)
The Sun Devils will likely be looking for a new coach after losing 5 of 6 to close the season, including a loss this past weekend at home to Cal. They'll still be going bowling, likely to Las Vegas or the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
9. Arizona (4-8, 2-7)
The Wildcats closed out the season with their second straight win, this one over Louisiana-Lafayette. Now a new era starts with Rich Rodriguez, but without Nick Foles.
10. Oregon State (3-9, 3-6)
Oregon State lost the Civil War for the 4th straight season in a blowout to the Ducks. A second straight disappointing season for the Beavers will put Mike Riley on the hot seat heading into 2012.
11. Washington State (4-8, 2-7)
The Paul Wulff era is over after losing to Washington. After a 3-1 start the Cougars crashed and burned to another bowl-less season.
12. Colorado (3-10, 2-7)
Colorado finished off their season in style over Utah with the first road win for their senior class after 23 straight losses. Still, a disappointing year for the Buffs who have to replace RB Rodney Stewart and QB Tyler Hansen next season.
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