Nov. 14, 2016
Pac-12 Week 11 Rankings: Washington Loses
This was the year, Washington was supposed to finish undefeated and make the College Football Playoffs, for the first time in the competitions young history. USC came into town and had different ideas. While Utah and Colorado kept rolling in the South.
1] Colorado Buffaloes: 8-2 (6-1), Last Week: 3
Colorado went into the Old Pueblo and handed Richard Rodriguez yet another loss. Two tough games are on deck for the Buffalo's, as they hope to make the Pac-12 title game and keep their very slim college football playoff hopes alive, as Washington State comes to town, followed by a date with the Utah Utes, who are on their tail.
2] Washington State Cougars: 9-1 (7-0), Last Week: 4
Cal was no match for the Air-Raid offense, and with the Huskies slip-up, Wazzou controls its own destiny in the Pac-12 North. A tough test in Colorado will show how close the Cougs are to winning the division.
3] USC Trojans: 7-3 (6-2), Last Week: 5
Sam Darnold is on fire, as USC went into Washington and came out with a victory. Early season losses to Stanford and Utah really sting right now, as the Trojans need some help to win the division with only one conference game left.
4] Utah Utes: 8-2 (5-2), Last Week: 3
A 49-26 thumping in Tempe after a bye-week is what the Utes needed before Oregon comes into town. A season finale against Colorado could very well decide which of these two newest Pac members wins the Pac-12 South for the first time.
5] Washington Huskies: 9-1 (6-1), Last Week: 1
It wasn't so much as Washington just losing last week, it was how bad they lost against the Trojans, at home none-the-less. Thankfully, for the Huskies, two other top four sides lost as Michigan went down in Iowa and Clemson dropped a home game to a .500 Pittsburgh side. ASU should be an easy win for UDub, though Washington State will provide a test. Run the table and blow-out the Pac-12 South team in the conference title game and the Huskies may still make the CFP.
6] Stanford Cardinal: 7-3 (5-3), Last Week: 6
Stanford took care of business, beating Oregon 52-27 and have a trip to Cal left before a non-conference closer against the sub-par Rice Owls. At this point, the Cardinal are playing for pride, and the season should end lopsidedly in their favor.
7] UCLA Bruins: 4-6 (2-5), Last Week: 7
UCLA is on the ropes as it hopes to go bowling, last missing it in 2010. In order to do so, they need to upset cross-town USC before a trip to Cal, which may be a match between two sides looking to get to the coveted sixth victory.
8] Arizona State Sun Devils: 5-5 (2-5), Last Week: 8
Arizona State has lost four in a row, after starting 5-1. And only one of those three was within single digits (5 point-loss versus Washington State). Down to two opportunities to go bowling, the Devils will visit Washington and then have the Territorial Cup in the Old Pueblo.
9] Oregon State Beavers: 2-8 (1-6), Last Week: 9
Oregon State has played some tough games, with three losses by one touch down and another by 11, Gary Anderson slowly has the Beavs trending in the proper direction. A game against bottom-feeding Arizona should provide a victory for the Beavs.
10] California Golden Bears: 4-6 (2-5), Last Week: 11
Cal has two quality wins against Texas and Utah early on in the year, but they have been pretty abysmal, losing to Oregon State, San Diego State and Arizona State. Two home games remain as Stanford and UCLA come to town, making it tough for the Bears to sneak into a bowl game.
11] Oregon Ducks: 3-7 (1-6), Last Week: 10
Oregon got shellacked by the Cardinal, and will get routed once again by the Utes. How the might have fallen.
12] Arizona Wildcats: 2-8 (0-7), Last Week: 12
Arizona should just focus on the Territorial Cup as they host ASU in the Old Pueblo to end the year.