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Block U Pac-12 Power Poll Week 10

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The Utes rebounded on the field, and they’ve started the rebound in our weekly poll. I still believe Utah is better than some teams we have ahead of them, but some of those performances are going to stick with all of us. I was the only one that have USC at the top, but I easily could have put Washington up there. These last three weeks are going to be very interesting to see how everyone finishes, and in what fashion they finish. Buckle up, because I think some madness may happen over the last three weeks.

Overall Rankings

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

Brittany’s ballot

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

Alex’s ballot

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

Shane’s ballot

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

Neel’s ballot

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

YeOldeJimmy’s ballot and breakdown

It is much more fun to do these WOW-POWR ratings when Utah is moving up in them! If you're interested in the rules of the system, click here. So here's this week's outlook:

1) Washington (8-1) - 6 P5 wins (WOW%: 40%), 1 G5 win (67%), 1 FCS win (67%); 1 P5 loss [LOW%: 56%]; feeling good at the top after smashing Oregon at home

2) WSU (8-2) - 5 P5 wins (49%), 2 G5 wins (44%), 1 FCS win (44%); 2 P5 losses [58%]; have proven much more resilient at home than on the road where both of their losses have come by double digits, stays ahead of USC due to their head-to-head win

3) USC (8-2) - 7 P5 wins (47%), 1 G5 win (56%); 2 P5 losses [84%]; having staved off the last real challenger in the South, the division is all but locked up for the Trojans barring a major slip-up the next two weeks against Colorado and UCLA

4) Stanford (6-3) - 5 P5 wins (43%), 1 G5 win (11%); 2 P5 losses [80%], 1 G5 loss [80%]; tough road loss to a WSU team whose defense helped secure the win by containing Bryce Love, outpaces Arizona here by having more P5 wins

5) Arizona (6-3) - 4 P5 wins (56%), 1 G5 win (0%), 1 FCS win (67%); 2 P5 losses [68%], 1 G5 loss [67%]; they still scored a bunch of points against USC but gave up a bunch more, which more often than not leads to losses :P

6) ASU (5-4) - 4 P5 wins (64%), 1 G5 win (44%); 3 P5 losses [64%], 1 G5 loss [80%]; inched a little closer to bowl elibility with a home win over Colorado

7) Oregon (5-5) - 3 P5 wins (50%), 1 G5 win (67%), 1 FCS win (78%); 5 P5 losses [62%]; completely shut down by the Huskies, which is not any consolation to us Utah fans who think we should have found a way to do the same

8) Utah (5-4) - 2 P5 wins (67%), 2 G5 wins (15%), 1 FCS win (30%); 4 P5 losses [63%]; great bounce-back win against a sliding and beat up UCLA lifts team and fan morale, but we're still losing ground in the ratings because of the head-to-head losses to ASU and Oregon

9) Colorado (5-5) - 2 P5 wins (32%), 2 G5 wins (42%), 1 FCS win (25%); 5 P5 losses [70%]; two games left against USC and Utah, can the Buffs become bowl eligible? Stays ahead of Cal because of their head-to-head win

10) Cal (5-5) - 4 P5 wins (46%), 1 FCS win (78%); 5 P5 losses [67%]; one win closer to bowl eligibility in a season few expected Cal could do it

11) UCLA (4-5) - 3 P5 wins (52%), 1 G5 win (33%); 4 P5 losses [74%], 1 G5 loss [89%]; things are a mess for the Bruins right now, Mora's contract is an albatross, which makes it harder to change out the coaching staff

12) OSU (1-8) - 1 FCS win (0%); 7 P5 losses [66%], 1 G5 loss [60%]; more important than wins and losses right now is trying to find stability in the athletic department and a good head coach to turn things around in the coming years

Looking at the ratings tracker, it is really stable in the top 5 while the next six spots between 6-11 have been jumping around for the past 3 weeks. A Utah win this weekend would really jumble things up by reaching into that stratified top area and dragging WSU down. As noted about WSU above, both of their losses have been on the road. That's good for us, but we need the Utes to take care of business on their end like they did against UCLA. So let's all hope for a little chaos in the weeks to come! The season-to-date average rating saw a little movement as well. Teams are gradually drifting into more appropriate rating positions that better reflect their conference standing and current rating, but movement on this graph is becoming more like plate tectonics: it takes a while to get anywhere. This is really shown with Arizona and ASU, who are both still in the dregs despite having stronger performances recently. With 3 weeks left, there is definitely still time to change positions, hopefully it is in the right direction for the Utes!