PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 4


  1. Washington – Don’t expect the Huskies to stay in the top spot for too long, but after an impressive sweep of the SoCal schools they certainly deserve it. They have some very impressive wins in the first half of conference play.
  2. UCLA – You can’t fault the Bruins too much for a road loss in Seattle – especially considering they’ve had a problem playing there for some time now. They’ll be back on top before too long.
  3. Arizona State – I was going to drop them for their poor shooting and fortunate win against Arizona last week, that is until Cal lost at home to Oregon State. Don’t expect them to stay in this spot much longer.
  4. CAL – A disciplined Oregon State team came to town and stole a win. Protecting home court is vital in the PAC-10 and that loss could prove to be more costly than it appears right now.
  5. USC – They maintain their spot in the rankings despite the loss to Washington. Mostly because the bottom of the conference hasn’t shown that they deserve the spot more.
  6. Oregon State – A surprise sweep in the Bay Area is astonishing and therefore have been rewarded with this spot – for now. I sitll believe they’ll wind up in the 8th spot before the end of the season, but for now they deserve this spot.
  7. Arizona – The ‘Cats don’t move up or down because of the loss to ASU. Who knows if Arizona would’ve won the game if that bogus moving screen call hadn’t been whistled, but they did a great defensive job on the Sun Devils and had an impressive 54-second comeback win against Houston. If the ‘Cats can play like they did in the closing minutes against Houston they’ll quickly rise in the rankings.
  8. Stanford – They drop two spots because of how badly they were man-handled by Oregon State. This is where I believe the Cardinal should’ve been all along, and their lack of frontcourt is going to start catching up with them from here on out.
  9. Washington State – Getting swept at home by the SoCal schools hurts, though it was expected. Washington State needs more experience for their offense to play at maximum efficiency. They’ll get better down the road – the question is will it be this year or next?
  10. Oregon – There’s no question that the Ducks are the bottom dwellers in the conference. Ernie Kent will be lucky to have a job in Eugene a week after the season ends. The big question now is will we see consecutive years where a team goes 0-18 in conference play?

3 Responses to “PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 4”

  1. 1 Drake H. January 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I don’t belive in Oregon State yet tey get a good sweep then get swept

  2. 2 naterb January 28, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I’m not a believer in OSU either. That’s why I indicated that I believe they’ll wind up around 8th before the end. However, with the magnitude of that sweep they certainly deserve the spot until they lose again. Those are better wins than Stanford, Arizona, or Washington State have – and there’s no way of denying it.

  1. 1 NaterB’s Pac-10 Power Rankings for Week 4 | Pac-10 Rivalry Trackback on January 26, 2009 at 12:49 am

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PAC-10 Power Rankings

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

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