Obviously, a lot should be proven this weekend, but I disagree with a few of
Mike's rankings. Cal seems to me like a talented, but haphazard team that is
ranked way too high. UCLA has gone 2-1 in conference play, but has still looked
quite unimpressive. My opinion of the rankings:1-Stanford2-Oregon3-Arizona State4-USC5-Washington (3,4 & 5 are all very close.
I think if the ASU-USC game was in LA, USC would have won. The Stanford and
Washington games will bear a good indication on how good USC really is.)6-UCLA7-Utah (UCLA only ahead of Utah because of current conference
record. 11/12 game will indicate who the better team is.)8-Washington
State (has played bad, but may be better than most expect)9-Cal (very
talented, but very unfocused)10-Oregon State11-Colorado12-Arizona
So your order goes 6, 7, 9, 8. That's not how most people count.I
don't see why Cal, who is 0-3 in the conference and 3-3 overall, and coming off
three straight losses, should be ranked 6th while Utah is ranked 9th. If
anything, it should at least be 6. UCLA, 7. Washington State, 8. Cal, 9. Utah.
Both UCLA and WSU have identical overall records to Cal and Utah, but UCLA is
2-1 in conference and WSU is 1-2. At least UCLA and WSU have conference wins.
Big game for Utah. A road win gets them to just needing 2 wins in
thier last five, against arguably their easiest stretch of the year to reach
bowl-dom. Here's hoping the defense will cause enough problems for Cal as it did
Pitt. They will have to carry this offense.Go Utes!
Sorry, Mike, but Utah is better than No. 9. I'll take Sagarin's computer
ratings, which rank Utah as No. 6 in the PAC 12, behind Oregon, Stanford,
Washington, USC and ASU (not necessarily in that order).
I don't have a good feel for how Utah and Cal stack up against one another. The
computers say Utah is better, but most of the humans think the Bears should
win.I expect another tough game, and hopefully the Utes will come
out on top!