Pac-12 rankings: Week 12

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 16 2011 6:10 p.m. MST

1. Oregon (9-1, 7-0)

Last week: Defeated Stanford 53-30

This week: Home against USC, 8:15 p.m. MT, ABC

Note: The high-powered Ducks can clinch a spot in the title game with a win in this nationally televised game.

2. Stanford (9-1, 7-1)

Last week: Lost to Oregon 53-30

This week: Home against Cal, 8:15 p.m. MT, ESPN

Note: With their national title hopes shot, the Cardinal still have a chance to earn a spot in a BCS bowl if they win out.

3. USC (8-2, 5-2)

Last week: Defeated Washington 40-17

This week: At Oregon, 8:15 p.m. MT, ABC

Note: The bowl-ineligible Trojans will have their unofficial bowl game this week when they take on the No. 4-ranked Ducks.

4. Washington (6-4, 4-3)

Last week: Lost to USC 40-17

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

Note: The Huskies have proved they can't hang with the Pac-12's best teams, having lost to Oregon, Stanford and USC by a combined score of 139-55. But they can beat up on the rest and should do so again this week.

5. Cal (6-4, 3-4)

Last week: Defeated Oregon State 23-6

This week: At Stanford, 8:15 p.m. MT, ESPN

Note: The underrated Bear defense has given up just 13 points in the past two wins, but will be facing an angry Stanford team in the annual rivalry game.

6. Utah (6-4, 3-4)

Last week: Defeated UCLA 31-6

This week: At Washington State, 3 p.m. MT, KJZZ, FCS Atlantic

Note: With their bowl spot solidified, the Utes can play for an upgrade to the Sun Bowl or Holiday Bowl with wins in their final two games.

7. Arizona State (6-4, 4-3)

Last week: Lost to Washington State 37-27

This week: Home against Arizona, 7:30 p.m. MT, FSAZ

Note: The Sun Devils are sinking quickly, but can still earn a championship spot with home wins in their final two games or perhaps with one win.

8. UCLA (5-5, 4-3)

Last week: Lost to Utah 31-6

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

Note: The decisive loss in Salt Lake when the Bruins had a chance to climb atop the South standings is probably the final nail for beleaguered coach Rick Neuheisel.

9. Washington State (4-6, 2-5)

Last week: Defeated Arizona State 37-27

This week: Home against Utah, 3 p.m. MT, KJZZ, FCS Atlantic

Note: After four straight losses, the Cougars jumped up and knocked off Arizona State behind a freshman quarterback. With two more wins the Cougars will be bowl eligible.

10. Oregon State (2-8, 2-5)

Last week: Lost to Cal 23-6

This week: Home against Washington, 12:30 p.m. MT, RTNW

Note: The Beavers have managed just 27 points in three games after getting 44 in a win over Washington State.

11. Colorado (2-9, 1-6)

Last week: Defeated Arizona 48-29

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

Note: After finally breaking through for their first Pac-12 victory, the Buffs will try to make it two in a row this week.

12. Arizona (2-8, 1-7)

Last week: Lost to Colorado 48-29

This week: At Arizona State, 7:30 p.m. MT, FSAZ

Note: The Wildcats hit rock bottom with a loss to winless Colorado last week. They won't be favored against ASU, but anything can happen in this rivalry game.

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