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Pac-10 Power Poll: So close, and yet so far...

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I really thought that if there was any week the Cougs could climb out of tenth in the power poll and overtake the Huskies, this would be the one. I've only ranked WSU above UW twice this year - after the momentum from the Portland State win, and this week. Call me crazy, but the Cougs looked more impressive to me in a 28-3 loss to UCLA than the Huskies looked in a 48-14 walloping by Arizona. But alas, it wasn't to be, and WSU falls one point shy of surpassing their rival for ninth.

[If you want to feel better, just check out SportsCenter tonight where you can watch Spencer Hawes get completely worked by Greg Oden in his Blazers debut. Exciting stuff.]

Arizona is our big jumper this week, up two spots to #4, and I really don't get it. They lost to New Mexico, and their biggest wins are over teams ranked 8th and 9th in this week's poll.  And heck, they even got more votes than Oregon in both the AP and USA Today polls. No disrespect to Arizona, because we don't know what they can do against the elite teams in the Pac, but what the...? I'm not sold. (and yes, I'm aware they will probably beat the Cougs by 25)

And only one Pac-10 team is ranked in the AP poll this week - USC. I'm sorry, but that's completely absurd. The coaches got it right with Cal at #25, but Cal, USC and Oregon all deserve to be ranked. If the SEC had only one team in the top 25 people would be having heart attacks throughout the South. But since this is the Pac-10, don't expect anyone in the mainstream media to care.

 

Team

Record

Comments

Points
(RnkChg)

Southern_california_medium

 

USC (7)

 

3-1

I still feel like there's an on/off switch for the USC offense. Still, don't count them out of the national championship race yet.

 

 70
(E)

California_medium

 

California

 

4-1

They're baaaaack. A chance for the revitalized Bears to flex a little muscle this week in Arizona.

 

63
(+1)

Oregon_medium

 

Oregon

 

4-2

 It has to be frustrating to watch your less talented rival perform better than you against USC (again).


 

51
(-1)

 Zona_medium

 

Arizona

 

4-1

 

Tied with Cal for first in the Pac-10 standings. Seriously.

 

47
(+2)

Oregon_st_medium

 

Oregon State

 

2-3

 How... how... do you lose to Utah the week after beating USC?

 

45
(-1)

 Arizona_st_old7_medium

 

Arizona St
ate

 

2-3

 First the losing, now the Rudy Carpenter injury. Things aren't looking up for the Devils.

 

38
(-1)

Stanford_old8_medium

 

Stanford

 

3-3

 Stanford is a team that has to minimize mistakes to win. Something they proved in the loss at Notre Dame last weekend.


 

27
(E)

Ucla_old_medium

 

UCLA

 

2-3

 It's bad when you wonder how your team would be doing this year under Rick Neuheisel or Norm Chow.


 

23
(E)

Washington_medium

 

Washington


 

0-5

 TyWatch begins. My guess is he'll be fired at the end of the season, but you never know...

 

11
(E)

  Washington_st_away_medium

 

Washington State

 

1-5

The Cougs still can't beat Rick Neuheisel. Maybe we need to gamble a little more... you know, with the game plan.

 

10
(E)

Tip of the hat to The Helmet Project for the helmets you see here. 

Individual blog votes after the jump.

CougCenter

1. USC
2. Cal
3. Oregon
4. ASU
5. Oregon St
6. Arizona
7. Stanford
8. UCLA
9. WSU
10. Washington

UW Dawg Pound

    1. USC
    2. California
    3. Arizona
    4. Oregon
    5. Arizona State
    6. Oregon State
    7. Stanford
    8. UCLA
    9. Washington
    10. Washington State
          1. USC
          2. Cal
          3. Oregon State
          4. Oregon
          5. Arizona
          6. ASU
          7. Stanford
          8. UCLA
          9. Washington
          10. Washington State

              California Golden Blogs

              1. USC
              2. Cal
              3. Arizona
              4. Oregon
              5. OSU
              6. ASU
              7. Stanford
              8. UCLA
              9. UW
              10. WSU

               

              1. USC
              2. California
              3. Arizona
              4. Oregon
              5. Oregon State
              6. UCLA
              7. Arizona State
              8. Stanford
              9. Washington State
              10. Washington


              Addicted to Quack (Oregon)

              1. USC
              2. Cal
              3. Arizona
              4. OSU
              5. Oregon
              6. ASU
              7. Stanford
              8. UCLA
              9. UW
              10. WSU


              Conquest Chronicles (USC)

                1. USC
                2. Cal
                3. Oregon
                4. Arizona
                5. Oregon St.
                6. Arizona St.
                7. Stanford
                8. UCLA
                9. WSU
                10. UW