Senior Tony Woods continues to get better and will play a key role for the Ducks this season.
1. Arizona (8-0 No. 4 AP No. 5 Coaches)
Arizona got a huge win over then No. 5 Florida at home. The Wildcats struggled to get a lead all game but in the final minute of action Arizona did just that and then did enough to hang on for the Pac-12's best best non-conference win. No reason to have Arizona slide.
2. Oregon (9-1)
The Ducks didn't play their best basketball on Saturday at home against Nebraska and yet the Ducks still won by 22 points. Senior Arsalan Kazemi recorded 17 rebounds and it was the first time Oregon had a player do that since 2010 when then-sophomore E.J Singler grabbed 17 against Willamette. How good is this Oregon team though? A Wednesday road game at UTEP should shed some kind of light on that.
3. Colorado (8-2)
Colorado bounced back from their terrible showing at Kansas with a solid victory over a Fresno State team that matched up well with Colorado. The Buffs still need to take that next step in becoming an elite team much like Oregon does.
4. Oregon State (7-2)
The Beavers had a game at Portland State that they needed to blowout and they failed to do so. On Sunday they beat Chicago State 87-77. The Beavers are better than this. They need to beat these type of teams by 15-20+ points if they want to really be viewed as one of the league's best teams.
5. Arizona State (9-2)
The Sun Devils were embarrassed at home against DePaul and it was a sign that maybe this Sun Devil team isn't as good as we thought. Then again they bounced back quickly a few days later blowing out Marshall at home. The Sun Devils are off till
Saturday when they play at Texas Tech.
6. Stanford (7-3)
Stanford climbs up two spots after blowing out UC-Davis this past weekend. The Cardinal still have issues with injuries and inconsistent play from starters but the foundation for a solid season is still there. Games at No. 25 NC-State and Northwestern this week will go a long ways in establishing the Cardinal as one of the league's better teams. Win both those games and Stanford climbs pretty high up the board.
7. Cal (6-3)
Cal has now lost three straight games and continue sliding down the Pac-12 rankings. Certainly the Golden Bears have played good teams in Wisconsin, UNLV, and Creighton but the Bears have struggled for all or large chunks of all three games. Allen Crabbe was held in check vs Creighton and the Bears became very average. Cal plays UC-Santa Barbara and Prairie View A&M this week to get back on the right track.
8. UCLA (7-3)
The Bruins slid a slot in my rankings after beating Prairie View A&M last weekend for their lone spot. I still am not too sold on this Bruins program. Depth issues, youth, and defense are all a concern. Shabazz Muhammad however is starting to heat up and if the Bruins can string some wins against Long Beach State, Fresno State, and Missouri before the Pac-12 play starts they too could climb quickly back up the rankings.
9. Washington (6-4)
Washington played two games last week against Seattle and Jackson State. Both games were games in year's past the Huskies would win easily. Not this season. Like most of the Huskies games this season the Dawgs struggled and couldn't put either team away until very late in the game. Washington won both games by a combined 21 points. Not good.
10. Washington State (7-4)
Washington State played Jackson State last week for their lone game during Finals week and won ugly 52-41. Ken Bone said afterwards he wished he didn't play the game because the Cougars played Gonzaga and Fresno State the previous week and were strung out from those games and finals. It was an ugly win but for the Cougars it is all about collecting wins right now.
11. Utah (6-3)
Utah had the week off due to finals and didn't play a game last week. This week Utah plays SMU and Cal-State Northridge. If Utah can win either game they will have surpassed their win total from last season.
12. USC (4-6)
The Trojans were able to snap their six-game losing streak by blowing out UC-Riverside 70-26. The Trojans were clearly the better team and besides collecting points, rebounds, and other stats to up their averages the Trojans didn't really get much out of the game. A game against UC-Irvine will be a solid test before facing Georgia later.