Pac-12 football, Week 8: Ranking the 5 best teams

Stanford and Utah have risen to the top of the PAC 12 North and South, respectively. The rest of the conference continues to struggle against each other and, in the case of USC, against Notre Dame. What started off as a top-to-bottom tough conference has begun to separate the champions from the pretenders.

After week 7, here is how the top 5 in the PAC-12 ranks.

5. Oregon

Oregon climbs back into the rankings after beating Washington this weekend. While they haven’t looked like the team we expected in weeks, quarterback Vernon Adams is back healthy after having to rest a broken finger. He threw for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns proving when he is healthy, the Ducks perform better over all.


UCLA falls to the fourth spot after losing to Stanford this weekend. They’ve been able to beat some good teams but haven’t won since week 4. They still look better than most of the teams in the PAC 12 south, but not as the contender we thought they were earlier in the season.

3. Cal

While Cal suffers one loss this season, it was to leader Utah, so they hop over UCLA to the third spot. Cal had a bye week but with a 5-1 record, they still have one of the better records in the conference. Quarterback Jared Goff still has the opportunity to take the Golden Bears to the Championship if they can continue to win.

2. Stanford

The Cardinal came off the bye week strong, absolutely dominating UCLA. Stanford has completely turned their game around from their lone loss to Northwestern in the season opener. If they keep up this play, they’re a favorite to represent the PAC 12 North in the Championship game.

1. Utah

The Utes remain the only undefeated team in the PAC 12 after beating ASU on Saturday 34-18. The win actually broke an 11 game losing streak to ASU. When Utes quarterback Travis Wilson is on, they’re pretty unstoppable and look like a solid contender for the PAC 12 title.

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