Pac-12 power ratings: Utah tightens its hold on No. 1, with Oregon and WSU next in line



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Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren't.

(All times Pacific.)

1. Utah (9-3/8-1)

Last week: 1

Result: Beat Colorado 28-13

Next up: vs. Oregon (Friday, 5 p.m., ABC)

Line: Utah -3

Comment: In addition to being healthier overall than Oregon, the Utes have the benefit of a full week to prepare after playing their regular-season finale on Friday. Decisive advantage? No. Significant advantage? Yes, particularly given Utah's physical style.

2. Oregon (10-2/7-2)

Last week: 2

Result: Beat Oregon State 38-29

Next up: vs. Utah (Friday, 5 p.m., ABC)

Line: Oregon +3

Comment: The Ducks are staring at the potential for back-to-back rematches. Win this week, and they would likely draw Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

3. Washington State (7-5/6-3)

Last week: 3

Result: Won at Washington 40-13

Next up: bowl game

Comment: Not sure this is accurate but it sure sounds reasonable: WSU's rushing total Friday night (209 yards) was more than the Cougars gained on the ground in the eight Apple Cups combined under Mike Leach. (We have no plans to confirm the stat, for fear that it might be proven false.)

4. Arizona State (8-4/6-3)

Last week: 5

Result: Beat Arizona 38-15

Next up: bowl game

Comment: Two things, equally true: 8-4 is a successful season for the ASU program; the combined record of the eight teams ASU beat is 27-67, with only one (UCLA) over .500.

5. Oregon State (7-5/5-4)

Last week: 4

Result: Lost at Oregon 38-29

Next up: bowl game

Comment: As improved as the Beavers were this season, they went 1-4 on the road in conference play and allowed 145 points in those four losses. That's the next step: learn to win on the road.

6. UCLA (8-4/6-3)

Last week: 6

Result: Beat Cal 42-14

Next up: bowl game

Comment: If you believe the Bruins are headed in the right direction under Chip Kelly but need a new defensive coordinator, the result Saturday night was a tad less than ideal.

7. USC (4-7/3-5)

Last week: 8

Result: Lost to Brigham Young 35-31

Next up: at Cal (8 p.m., FS1)

Line: USC +2.5

Comment: There is no more present. The future is everything. It's the only thing.

8. Cal (4-7/3-5)

Last week: 7

Result: Lost at UCLA 42-14

Next up: vs. USC (8 p.m., FS1)

Line: Cal -2.5

Comment: The Bears scored fewer points in the Rose Bowl than Colorado scored on its visit — fewer points, in fact, than anybody save Hawaii. It's not easy to make UCLA's defense look good, but Cal managed.

9. Colorado (4-8/3-6)

Last week: 9

Result: Lost at Utah 28-13

Next up: season completed

Comment: CU coach Karl Dorrell wasted no time initiating staff changes: Offensive coordinator Darrin Chiaverini was fired on Sunday. More dismissals could come.

10. Washington (4-8/3-6)

Last week: 10

Result: Lost to WSU 40-13

Next up: season completed

Comment: WSU's flag planting celebration was only the third or fourth most embarrassing thing to happen to UW in its home stadium this season, which says so much about this season.

11. Arizona (1-11/1-8)

Last week: 11

Result: Lost at ASU 38-15

Next up: season completed

Comment: The Wildcats are dead last in major college football in touchdown conversion percentage inside the red zone, and by a wide margin. It was a huge problem Saturday, before the game turned lopsided.

12. Stanford (3-9/2-7)

Last week: 12

Result: Lost to Notre Dame 45-14

Next up: season completed

Comment: Combined points in four November games: Stanford 46, opponents 173. Add a seven-game losing streak, and that's plenty good enough for the cellar.


Jon Wilner's Pac-12 Hotline is brought to KSL.com through a partnership with the Bay Area News Group.


Jon Wilner has been covering college sports for decades and is an AP Top 25 football and basketball voter as well as a Heisman Trophy voter. He was named Beat Writer of the Year in 2013 by the Football Writers Association of America for his coverage of the Pac-12, won first place for feature writing in 2016 in the Associated Press Sports Editors writing contest and is a five-time APSE honoree. You can follow him on Twitter @WilnerHotline or send an email at jwilner@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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