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Block U Pac-12 Power Poll Week 9

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NCAA Football: Oregon at Stanford Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Yep, I’m a homer so I have the Utes higher than everyone else, but only by 1 slot. We have settled pretty closely on most of the teams in the conference, although, there are a few differences here and there. I still think Utah has more talent than some teams ahead of them, but the youth and injuries (and an embarrassing effort vs ASU) is costing them. Anyway, here are the rankings.

Overall Rankings

  1. Stanford
  2. Washington
  3. Washington State
  4. USC
  5. Arizona State
  6. Arizona
  7. UCLA
  8. Utah
  9. Cal
  10. Oregon
  11. Colorado
  12. Oregon State

Brittany’s ballot

  1. Stanford
  2. Washington
  3. Washington State
  4. USC
  5. Arizona State
  6. Arizona
  7. UCLA
  8. Utah
  9. Cal
  10. Oregon
  11. Colorado
  12. Oregon State

Neel’s ballot

  1. Stanford
  2. Washington
  3. Washington State
  4. USC
  5. Arizona State
  6. UCLA
  7. Arizona
  8. Oregon
  9. Cal
  10. Colorado
  11. Utah
  12. Oregon State

Alex’s ballot

  1. Stanford
  2. Washington
  3. Washington State
  4. USC
  5. Arizona State
  6. Arizona
  7. UCLA
  8. Utah
  9. Cal
  10. Oregon
  11. Colorado
  12. Oregon State

Shane’s ballot

  1. Washington
  2. Stanford
  3. Washington State
  4. USC
  5. Arizona
  6. Arizona State
  7. Utah
  8. UCLA
  9. Cal
  10. Colorado
  11. Oregon
  12. Oregon State

YeOldeJimmy’s ballot

Another week, another #1! I’m starting to think it may be a good idea to cheat my own system and just rank all of Utah’s upcoming opponents as #1 to curse them. Sound good to you all? Anyway, here are the rules, if you’re interested in the mechanics of the rating. Let’s take a look:

1) WSU (7-1) – 4 P5 wins (WOW%: 48%), 2 G5 wins (40%), 1 FCS win (43%); 1 P5 loss [LOW%: 50%]; got back on track with a win after a bad loss, Utah could take a note from WSU in our upcoming game

2) Washington (7-1) – 4 P5 wins (40%), 1 G5 win (71%), 1 FCS win (71%); 1 P5 loss [57%]; holds steady after their bye week

3) USC (6-2) – 5 P5 wins (47%), 1 G5 win (63%); 2 P5 losses [87%]; at least our physical, emotional loss to USC appears to have had a lingering effect on them as well… too bad the loss was to a non-conference opponent

4) Stanford (5-2) – 4 P5 wins (55%), 1 G5 win (14%); 1 P5 loss [75%], 1 G5 loss [75%]; holds steady after a bye week

5) Arizona (5-2) – 3 P5 wins (52%), 1 G5 win (0%), 1 FCS win (71%); 1 P5 loss [57%], 1 G5 loss [57%]; pulled out another tough win against a Cal team that just dominated WSU at home and are set up well for a run at the south

6) ASU (4-3) – 3 P5 wins (64%), 1 G5 win (43%); 2 P5 losses [64%], 1 G5 loss [75%]; also setting their sights on a south title after two strong showings, particularly with improved defense

7) UCLA (4-3) – 3 P5 wins {57%), 1 G5 win (43%); 2 P5 losses [71%], 1 G5 loss [86%]; gets a good win over Oregon and still hopes to find themselves in south contention

8) Utah (4-3) – 1 P5 win (71%), 2 G5 wins (13%), 1 FCS win (25%); 3 P5 losses [68%]; two consecutive losses to PAC south rivals does not make any of us happy, still looking to change the tume from their October losing streak

9) Oregon (4-4) – 2 P5 wins (47%), 1 G5 win (57%), 1 FCS win (71%); 4 P5 losses [69%]; stays ahead of Cal because of their head-to-head win

10) Cal (4-4) – 3 P5 wins (48%), 1 FCS win (71%); 4 P5 losses [70%]; when Cal is the 10th rated team in the conference, you know that this is a deep and brutal conference this year

11) Colorado (4-4) – 1 P5 win (14%), 2 G5 wins (47%), 1 FCS win (33%); 4 P5 losses [76%]; hoping to get two more wins and secure another bowl season, in this conference anything is possible

12) OSU (1-6) – 1 FCS win (0%); 5 P5 losses [71%], 1 G5 loss [75%]; hoping to regroup from the turmoil in the program after a timely bye week

The week-to-week ratings tracker shows us some reorganization as the Arizona schools show to be better than expected in the preseason. Oregon, Utah, and Cal continue downward trends and the top spot remains a tenuous place. When the conference is on the cusp of qualifying 11 of their 12 teams for bowls, you can understand why the tracker is a jumbled mess. Interestingly enough, no one moved in the season-to-date average rating from last week, but the separation between everyone was normalized closer to the middle. This just accentuates the point of parity in the conference further. Plenty of interesting data to collect still as the season rolls right along, but the data to this point suggests that the PAC is in full on cannibal mode.