The season is about to kick off (unless you are Arizona then you probably wish it had not kicked off yet...), and it is time for our first Block U Power Ranking.
Pac-12 Power Ranking Preseason
|Stanford (tied)||USC||Washington State||Washington State||Washington State||Washington State||Stanford|
|Washington State (tied)||Arizona State||Stanford||USC||Stanford||Stanford||USC|
|USC||Stanford||Arizona State||Stanford||Arizona State||USC||Washington State|
|Cal||Cal||Cal||Arizona State||Cal||Arizona State||Arizona State|
|Oregon State||Arizona||Oregon State||Oregon State||Oregon State||Oregon State||Oregon State|
The Utah Utes took the top spot in the power rankings with four of six first place votes. The defending Pac-12 Champions Washington Huskies took the second spot and the remaining two first place votes. The Oregon Ducks came in third. Those three teams claimed the top three spots on all six of our ballots.
There was a drop off for all of our writers after that. The Stanford Cardinal and Washington State Cougars tied for fourth, but the Cougars ranked ahead of Stanford on four of our six ballots. The USC Trojans we’re right behind those two Pac-12 North teams.
It seems at least to start the season we have some clear favorites and clear bottom dwellers in the Pac-12 with a mess in the middle. Wazzu had the biggest range: as high as fourth and as low as ninth.