PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 7

I’ve shaken things up a lot this week, but things are anything but settled. With the regular season conference title still within reach for the top five teams, and plenty of match-ups remaining amongst them, the top spot is anything but settled. Arizona State holds the spot for now after earning a regular season sweep of the Bruins. Cal dropped three spots despite a win in their sole game of the week – largely because they are being out-performed by the other four schools right now.

 

  1. ASU (+3) – The Sun Devils and Herb Sendek apparently have UCLA’s number this year and have a regular-season sweep of the Bruins. They may not be the better team, but head-to-head the Sun Devils get the nod.
  2. Washington (+1)– With the best record in the conference and a sweep over the Oregon school, the Huskies could very well be in the top spot, but a tough four game stretch ahead (@LA schools, vs. Arizona schools) They’ve got one of the toughest remaining schedules in the conference.
  3. UCLA (-2)– The Bruins took a big drop this week, and fell to their lowest point in the rankings this season after they got swept in the desert. UCLA was expected to run away with the conference this year, but they’re in a huge dog fight for the top spot now with a Thursday match-up against the league leading Huskies.
  4. Arizona (+1) – Currently the hottest team in the PAC-10 with a 7-game winning streak (6-game conference) including wins over UCLA and Washington. Suddenly the regular season conference title isn’t a far cry. The Wildcats aren’t the same team they were when they started PAC-10 play .
  5. CAL (-3) – After making amends for a road rivalry loss with a 82-75 win over Stanford this week, CAL reclaims the top spot in the conference. Their mid-season slump appears to be over, that shouldn’t change this week. So why drop them in the rankings? Because despite their 3-game winning streak, CAL has slowed down while other teams are starting to heat up.
  6. USC (E)– The Trojans have been competitive, but their lack of consistency is costing them too many games. Barring a sweep during the final weeks, their tournament bubble is likely burst.
  7. Stanford (E) – The Cardinal have separated themselves from the bottom rung of the conference, and look to be the only team not good enough to be in the top 5, but not bad enough to concern themselves with falling to 9th in the conference.
  8. Oregon State (+1) – The Beavers continue to surprise as they hand WSU a home loss this week. While the Beavers aren’t going to threaten for the PAC-10 Title, they have shown they are no longer an easy “w.”
  9. Washington State (-1) – The Cougars are simply too inexperienced to pull themselves out of the bottom half of the conference. They still have a chance to earn a game against the #8 or #9 team in the conference tournament, but it won’t be easy with the Arizona schools, LA schools, and Washington left on their calendar.
  10. Oregon (E) – Typically teams progress over the course of the season, but these kids seem to be going the opposite direction. It’s not their record that should have Ernie Kent concerned for his job, but the fact that his players seem to have given up on him and he can’t put together a game plan to featuring Michael Dunigan.
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3 Responses to “PAC-10 Power Rankings: Week 7”


  1. 1 bleez February 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Where have you been all weekend nater?
    What are your thoughts on the team right now!?

  2. 2 naterb February 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Unfortunately, I have been so swamped recently (working over 50 hours a week), so the blog has unfortunately taken a back seat. I’m loving what I’m seeing and hearing about the ‘Cats lately. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t lose another PAC-10 game. Although, I think one or two losses is understandable and expectable.

    The ‘Cats still have a few issues they need to work out, but in all I think they are almost ready to compete for a run in the NCAA Tournament, and are officially a strong contender for the PAC-10 crown.


  1. 1 NaterB’s Pac-10 Power Rankings for Week 7 | Pac-10 Rivalry Trackback on February 18, 2009 at 9:04 pm

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