Despite two of the top four teams in the conference not playing on Saturday, this was one of the more impactful days of the year in the Pac-12 conference.

It solidified what fans in Eugene have felt for a few weeks now — the Oregon Ducks are the best team out west.

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With the No. 9 Ducks’ 45-30 dismantling of the No. 10 UCLA Bruins, it’s clear that Dan Lanning’s squad holds the top spot in the power rankings for the second week in a row, and gives them pole-position in the race to get to the Pac-12 Championship game.

Both USC and Utah were on bye weeks after the Utes’ upset over the Trojans last week, so there was no movement there. However, teams like Oregon State, Washington and — shockingly — Stanford all pulled off important victories.

It caused a bit of a shakeup in the bottom-half of the standings. Here is where everything lies after Week 8 of action in the Pac-12.

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Arizona State Sun Devils (2-5, 1-3) (Last Week: 8)

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Week 8 Result: 15-14 Loss vs. Stanford

Things are just getting worse down in Tempe. An ugly loss to Stanford is one of the lower points of the year for Arizona State, which is saying something when your coach has already been fired and you have a loss to Eastern Michigan on the record.

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California Golden Bears (3-4, 1-3) (Last Week: 11)

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Week 8 Result: 28-21 Loss to Washington

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Arizona Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) (Last Week: 9)

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Week 8 Result: BYE

The Wildcats didn’t move in the rankings after a bye, but they’ve got a tough matchup next week vs. USC.

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Stanford Cardinal (3-4, 1-4) (Last Week: 10)

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Week 8 Result: 15-14 Win vs. Arizona State

This is the second week in a row that Stanford has moved up in the rankings. Last week they shocked everyone by beating Notre Dame, and this week they pulled out a victory against Arizona State. Credit to you, David Shaw.

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Washington State Cougars (4-3, 1-3) (Last Week: 7)

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Week 8 Result: BYE

The Wildcats didn’t move in the rankings after a bye, but they’ve got a tough matchup next week vs. Utah.

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Washington Huskies (6-2, 3-2) (Last Week: 5)

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Week 8 Result: 28-21 Win vs. California

It wasn’t pretty, but Washington figured out a way to win against California on Saturday night when few people were watching. Now they head into a bye with a potential — albeit unlikely — run at the Pac-12 Championship still alive.

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Oregon State Beavers (6-2, 3-2) (Last Week: 6)

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Week 8 Result: 42-9 Win vs. Colorado

This Beavers team continues to impress. Sure, it was against Colorado, but Jonathan Smith’s squad blew out the Buffs and became bowl eligible before October is even over. That may not seem like a big deal, but for an Oregon State program that has struggled as of late, it’s worth celebrating.

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USC Trojans (6-1, 4-1) (Last Week: 4)

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Week 8 Result: BYE

It feels crazy to rank USC as the No. 4 team, but I couldn’t bring myself to put them higher. You can’t rank them ahead of Utah, who just beat them, and I struggled to drop UCLA down to 4 after the loss to Oregon because the Bruins still beat Utah a couple of weeks ago. The 2-through-4 spots in the Pac-12 feel pretty fluid.

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Utah Utes (5-2, 3-1) (Last Week: 3)

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Week 8 Result: BYE

As I said, 2-through-4 is pretty fluid. Utah beat USC but lost to UCLA. They’ve got a few easy games on the docket before a showdown with Oregon on November 19.

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UCLA Bruins (6-1, 3-1) (Last Week: 2)

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Week 8 Result: 45-30 Loss vs. Oregon

UCLA got pummeled by Oregon, but I think that was more of a product of the Ducks’ great play rather than the Bruins not being good. Chip Kelly has things going in the right direction, and UCLA is still in line to make it to the Pac-12 Championship Game should they avoid another stumble.

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Oregon Ducks (6-1, 4-0) (Last Week: 1)

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Week 8 Result: 45-30 Win vs. UCLA

If spots 2-through-4 in the Pac-12 are fluid, it’s because the Ducks took the No. 1 spot in the rankings and ran away with it. We knew that the winner of Oregon vs. UCLA would be the top dog in this week’s rankings, and the Ducks left little doubt. They are now in pole-position to make it to the Pac-12 Championship Game, and could potentially be knocking on the door of a College Football Playoff berth should things break the right way.



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