Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pac-12 power ratings for October 17, 2011

USC marches on; the clear winner of the first half of the Pac-12’s murderous schedule. Cal beat Washington and Stanford, but lost to UCLA and USC. , Washington will be itching to see the Bay Area teams back at Hec Ed in a couple of weeks …

(last week's rankings in parentheses)

USC (1)
Winners of ten in a row; my vote for #1 in nation
Cal (3)
This team can go far, but setter position still a question mark
UCLA (4)
Turned back an Oregon team desperate for a win
Stanford (5)
Not the powerhouse of past, but enough to get by a Washington team test-driving a new offense
Washington (2)
Bay Area blowups now an annual tradition; will 6/2 gamble pay off down the road?
Arizona (7)
Must beat one or more of the big five in the second half to make a statement
Oregon (6)
Cold reality: Ducks not ready to contend for title
WSU (8)
Still a team in search of a defining upset win
Oregon St (9)
Still a team in search of a defining upset win
Utah (10)
Better than at least one of the old Pac-10 schools
Arizona St (11)
Worse than at least one of the new Pac-12 schools
Colorado (12)
Halfway through league play: halfway to 0-22?

Washington Huskies leave Maples Pavilion court after second set
[Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann]

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