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Pac-12 rankings: Week 10

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 2 2011 5:00 p.m. MDT

1. Stanford (8-0, 6-0)

Last week: Defeated USC 56-48, 3 OT

This week: At Oregon State, 1:30 p.m. MT, ABC

Note: The Cardinal came oh, so close to losing, but Heisman Trophy frontrunner Andrew Luck came through in the clutch. They should cruise in Corvallis.

2. Oregon (7-1, 5-0)

Last week: Defeated Washington State 43-28

This week: At Washington, 8:30 p.m. MT, ROOT

Note: The Huskies will be a tougher test than the Ducks have had in awhile, but shouldn't be good enough to spoil next week's showdown with Stanford.

3. Arizona State (6-2, 4-1)

Last week: Defeated Colorado 48-14

This week: At UCLA, 5:30 p.m. MT, Versus

Note: Looks like we gave the Sun Devils the South title too early. A loss in L.A. will give the Bruins a leg up in the race for the Pac-12 championship game.

4. USC (6-2, 3-2)

Last week: Lost to Stanford 56-48, 3 OT

This week: At Colorado, Friday, 7 p.m. MT, ESPN

Note: After the disappointing loss to Stanford by the slimmest of margins, the Trojans should coast this week over the hapless Buffaloes.

5. Washington (6-2, 4-1)

Last week: Defeated Arizona 42-31

This week: Home against Oregon, 8:30 p.m. MT, ROOT

Note: Following a tougher-than-expected win over Arizona, the Huskies can make up for the humiliating loss to Stanford against the league's other top-10 team.

6. UCLA (4-4, 3-2)

Last week: Defeated Cal 31-14

This week: Home against Arizona State, 5:30 p.m. MT, Versus

Note: The Bruins are surprisingly still alive for a South Division title if they can knock off the Sun Devils this week.

7. Cal (4-4, 1-4)

Last week: Lost to UCLA 31-14

This week: Home against Washington State, 4:30 p.m. MT, CSNCA, ROOT-NW

Note: Following their easy win over Utah, the Bears laid an egg against UCLA and will need a win this week to help their bowl chances.

8. Utah (4-4, 1-4)

Last week: Defeated Oregon State 27-8

This week: At Arizona, 5 p.m. MT, KJZZ, KWBA

Note: The Utes finally got off the schneid with their first Pac-12 victory last week and need two more wins to secure their ninth straight bowl appearance.

9. Arizona (2-6, 1-5)

Last week: Lost to Washington 42-31

This week: Home against Utah, 5 p.m. MT, KJZZ, KWBA

Note: The Wildcats are still putting a lot of offense on the board, but have been giving up big numbers on defense, which may not be a problem against the offense-challenged Utes.

10. Oregon State (2-6, 2-3)

Last week: Lost to Utah 27-8

This week: Home against Stanford, 1:30 p.m. MT, ABC

Note: After scoring 44 at Washington State, the Beavers managed only 8 against Utah. They may not get any more against Stanford's tough defense.

11. Washington State (3-5, 1-4)

Last week: Lost to Oregon 43-28

This week: At Cal, 4:30 p.m. MT, CSNCA, ROOT-NW

Note: The Cougars gave Oregon a decent game last week, but appear to be spinning their way to another bowl-less losing season.

12. Colorado (1-8, 0-5)

Last week: Lost to Arizona State 48-14

This week: Home against USC, Friday, 7 p.m. MT, ESPN

Note: It doesn't get any easier for the Buffs against an angry Trojan team, except the game will be played in Boulder.

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