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Block U Pac-12 Power Poll Week 8

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Things have gotten a bit crazy in the league the past couple of weeks, and as Alex said in his email when he sent over his rankings, it’s tempting to do some ties and chunks of teams in spots because so many of these teams are so close to each other. This league is the definition of parity, and that makes each and every game so interesting to watch, especially in the top half or two thirds of the league.

We’re all more on the same page this week, which is interesting, and it seems Utah’s performance against USC, given it was still a loss, brought Brittany and Neel more into the fold. Hopefully the can get back on the right track this week.

Overall Rankings

  1. USC
  2. STANFORD
  3. WASHINGTON
  4. WASHINGTON STATE
  5. UTAH
  6. ARIZONA
  7. ARIZONA STATE
  8. CAL
  9. OREGON
  10. UCLA
  11. COLORADO
  12. OREGON STATE

Brittany’s Ballot

  1. STANFORD
  2. USC
  3. WASHINGTON
  4. WASHINGTON STATE
  5. UTAH
  6. ARIZONA
  7. ARIZONA STATE
  8. CAL
  9. OREGON
  10. UCLA
  11. COLORADO
  12. OREGON STATE

Neel’s Ballot

  1. USC
  2. STANFORD
  3. WASHINGTON
  4. WASHINGTON STATE
  5. CAL
  6. ARIZONA STATE
  7. UTAH
  8. OREGON
  9. ARIZONA
  10. UCLA
  11. COLORADO
  12. OREGON STATE

Alex’s Ballot

  1. USC
  2. STANFORD
  3. WASHINGTON STATE
  4. WASHINGTON
  5. UTAH
  6. ARIZONA STATE
  7. ARIZONA
  8. CAL
  9. OREGON
  10. UCLA
  11. COLORADO
  12. OREGON STATE

Shane’s Ballot

  1. USC
  2. STANFORD
  3. WASHINGTON
  4. WASHINGTON STATE
  5. UTAH
  6. ARIZONA
  7. ARIZONA STATE
  8. CAL
  9. OREGON
  10. UCLA
  11. COLORADO
  12. OREGON STATE

YeOldeJimmy’s Ballot and breakdown

Welcome to the 7th installment of the WOW-POWR ratings! Rules can be found here. Here we go:

1) USC (6-1) – 5 P5 wins (WOW%: 52%), 1 G5 win (57%), 1 P5 loss [LOW%: 86%]; regains the conference lead after breaking our hearts

2) Washington (6-1) – 4 P5 wins (41%), 1 G5 win (67%), 1 FCS win (71%), 1 P5 loss [50%]; I’m going to give credit to ASU rather than bag on Washington, the PAC is a brutal conference

3) WSU (6-1) – 3 P5 wins (52%), 2 G5 wins (38%), 1 FCS win (33%), 1 P5 loss [57%]; truly a sad day for the state of Washington and their football teams

4) Stanford (5-2) – 4 P5 wins (56%), 1 G5 win (17%), 1 P5 loss [86%], 1 G5 loss [86%]; looking suddenly like the north favorite behind strong showings ever since their USC loss

5) Utah (4-2) – 1 P5 win (67%), 2 G5 wins (17%), 1 FCS win (29%), 2 P5 losses [79%]; stays put on the strength of our head-to-head advantage against Arizona, who had claimed the 5th spot from Utah only to lose it right back

6) Arizona (4-2) – 2 P5 wins (54%), 1 G5 win (0%), 1 FCS win (67%), 1 P5 loss [67%], 1 G5 loss [67%]; steady climb up the charts shows a team on the rise, which is best that they are in Utah’s rearview

7) Oregon (4-3) – 2 P5 wins (50%), 1 G5 win (67%), 1 FCS win (67%), 3 P5 losses [70%]; Oregon’s growing pains and injuries were badly exploited by Stanford, holds the edge over Cal’s superior P5 win total by virtue of their head-to-head victory

8) Cal (4-3) – 3 P5 wins (50%), 1 FCS win (67%), 3 P5 losses [76%]; a very impressive comeback victory, but still not in good shape in the north after 3 straight losses, 2 of them to rival north teams

9) UCLA (3-3) – 2 P5 wins (64%), 1 G5 win (43%), 2 P5 losses [69%], 1 G5 loss [83%]; holds the edge over Colorado’s better overall win percentage due to their head-to-head win

10) Colorado (4-3) – 1 P5 win (14%), 2 G5 wins (43%), 1 FCS win (40%), 3 P5 losses [68%]; things don’t look great in Colorado, although winning their first P5, even in a struggle against lowly OSU, is still a bump

11) ASU (3-3) – 2 P5 wins (71%), 1 G5 win (43%), 2 P5 losses [69%], 1 G5 loss [86%]; certainly underrated considering the victories they have in conference, but they are currently tied with UCLA for the second worst overall record in conference and haven’t yet played teams near them (Colorado, UCLA) to be able to move ahead by virtue of the head-to-head advancement rule

12) OSU (1-6) – 1 FCS win (0%), 5 P5 losses [74%], 1 G5 loss [71%]; showed some life in a tight game against Colorado, but OSU is still left searching for their first win against an FBS opponent

And then there were none! With both Washington schools going down in pretty major upsets, there is no longer an undefeated team in the PAC-12. Head-to-head wins are starting to play a major role in where teams end up with 3 spots getting swapped. From the ratings tracker we can see that Arizona has steadily climbed into the upper half of the conference. Oregon, conversely, has a very consistent decline occurring since week 2. Washington was the first #1 to last for more than one week, but it has still been a very tenuous spot. We all certainly hope that USC doesn't last there. Arizona State is a very interesting case as their total win percentage (50%) keeps them in the cellar this week, but the P5 wins they do have (Oregon, Washington) are good and great wins, respectively. If they can grind out gritty wins like they did against Washington, they won't stay there (of course, not this coming week!). Well, at least not this coming week! However, we could certainly use an upset from them against USC the week after at home.

The average season-to-date chart is beginning to correct a bit with Cal and Stanford working their way towards their current rankings with both moving one spot in the right direction. Washington and USC stand apart from the rest at the top and then there is a big blur of teams in the middle of the PAC. So, that's what I've got this week. Let's get those Utes rated higher with a good comeback win!