1. Washington (1 last week): Lots of talk about big game against USC next week, but this week’s trip to Berkeley is a tricky one.
2. Utah (3): Just an educated guess, but it seems public opinion of Utah improved after its game against UW, despite the Utes losing.
3. USC (4): Trojans trying to keep pace in the Pac-12 South. Should be able to do that with a home game this week against Oregon.
4. Washington State (2): Close call in Corvallis reminds that Cougars still have some work to do, especially when it comes to replacing suspended nose tackle Robert Barber.
5. Colorado (5): Buffaloes have a great chance to be 6-1 going into Nov. 19 showdown against Washington State. Might be a few eyes on that one.
6. Stanford (8): Raise your hand if you thought Cardinal would be mathematically eliminated from Pac-12 North contention by Week 9.
7. California (6): The Bears love scoring points so much that they make sure their opponents get to do it, too.
8. Oregon (11): Hey, the Ducks won again. But at 3-5 with games remaining against USC, Stanford and Utah, bowl eligibility still feels like a pipe dream.
9. Arizona State (7): Quarterback injuries have plagued the Sun Devils’ season, and there’s no guarantee now that ASU will even get to six wins.
10. UCLA (9): Reports are circulating that sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen’s season is over due to injury. But the Bruins’ season has been over for some time due to many other reasons.
11. Oregon State (10): Beavers close the season with Stanford, UCLA, Arizona and Oregon. Wouldn’t rule out an OSU victory in any of those.
12. Arizona (12): Wildcats must win their final four games to achieve bowl eligibility. Bad news: they play at WSU this week.
TOP THREE RUNNING BACKS IN THE PAC-12
1. MYLES GASKIN, WASHINGTON
Stats: 135 attempts, 878 yards, 7 touchdowns
Comment: Williams averages more yards per game, but Gaskin gets the nod because he’s played the entire season. He also tops the other two rushers on this list in yards per carry (6.5) and touchdowns. After a stellar freshman season, the sophomore from Lynnwood is on pace for even better numbers this year.
2. JOE WILLIAMS, UTAH
Stats: 120 attempts, 758 yards, 6 touchdowns
Comment: In three games since coming out of retirement, Williams has rushed for 179, 332 and 172 yards. He hasn’t played in enough games to qualify for the Pac-12’s official rushing statistics, yet still ranks fourth in the league in total carries and third in total rushing yards.
3. CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY, STANFORD
Stats: 143 attempts, 781 yards, 5 touchdowns
Comment: For all of Stanford’s offensive issues this season, McCaffrey, last season’s Heisman Trophy runner-up, still leads the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game. Granted, he’s only averaging 5.5 yards per carry. But his endurance is admirable.
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