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Pac-12 power rankings, Week 10

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pullman.
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Pullman. AP

POWER INDEX:

OUR PAC-12 RANKINGS

1. Stanford (1) — Cardinal needed a little luck to escape Pullman unscathed, but they did, so here they are.

2. Utah (3) — Matchup with Huskies this weekend figures to be bruising, low-scoring affair.

3. USC (5) — Maybe the Trojans should just hire a series of one-year interim coaches and see how that goes.

4. Washington State (2) — Cougars fans will (rightfully) be shouting about that Christian McCaffrey non-fumble for years.

5. UCLA (4) — Got outplayed by Colorado at home, but won anyway.

6. Oregon (8) — Ducks need to ditch trick plays and just let Vernon Adams do his thing.

7. California (7) — Can Bears achieve bowl eligibility this weekend in Eugene?

8. Washington (10) — Huskies finally paired some offense with their defense, and what do you know, they won by 46 points.

9. Arizona State (6) — If ASU really does steal its opponents’ signals, it should maybe do a better job of it.

10. Arizona (9) — At 5-4 with three tough games remaining, an upset will be required for the ’Cats to make a bowl game.

11. Colorado (11) — Buffaloes are in the frustrating close-but-no-cigar phase that precedes a breakthrough.

12. Oregon State (12) — Beavers didn’t embarrass themselves at Utah but … they still lost, again.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Stats: 175 rushes, 1,060 yards, 6 TDs; 25 receptions, 310 yards, 2 TDs

Comment: Forget about the damage McCaffrey does on kickoff and punt returns, and consider this: He leads the Pac-12’s top team in rushing, receptions and receiving yards. Hard to argue there’s a more important, or more dynamic, offensive player in the Pac-12 — and he’s averaging 244.2 all-purpose yards per game.

2. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Stats: 165 rushes, 1,109 yards, 6.7 ypc, 138.6 ypg, 11 TDs

Comment: His team has taken a step back this season, but Freeman has been the best pure tailback in the conference — and one of the best in the country. He leads all Pac-12 running backs in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and yards per game, and ranks second in all-purpose yards.

3. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Stats: 52 receptions, 956 yards, 18.4 yards per catch, 119.5 yards per game, 8 TDs

Comment: Smith-Schuster’s status going forward is somewhat cloudy due to a recent hand surgery, but his performance thus far has been spectacular. He leads the league in receiving yards, and averages more yards per reception than any other top-10 receiver in the Pac-12. Also ranks sixth in the conference in all-purpose yards.

christian.caple@thenewstribune.com

POWER INDEX:

OUR PAC-12 RANKINGS

1. Stanford (1) — Cardinal needed a little luck to escape Pullman unscathed, but they did, so here they are.

2. Utah (3) — Matchup with Huskies this weekend figures to be bruising, low-scoring affair.

3. USC (5) — Maybe the Trojans should just hire a series of one-year interim coaches and see how that goes.

4. Washington State (2) — Cougar fans will (rightfully) be shouting about that Christian McCaffrey non-fumble for years.

5. UCLA (4) — Got outplayed by Colorado at home, but won anyway.

6. Oregon (8) — Ducks need to ditch trick plays and just let Vernon Adams do his thing.

7. California (7) — Can Bears achieve bowl eligibility this weekend in Eugene?

8. Washington (10) — Huskies finally paired some offense with their defense, and what do you know, they won by 46 points.

9. Arizona State (6) — If ASU really does steal its opponents’ signals, it should maybe do a better job of it.

10. Arizona (9) — At 5-4 with three tough games remaining, an upset will be required for the ’Cats to make a bowl game.

11. Colorado (11) — Buffaloes are in the frustrating close-but-no-cigar phase that precedes a breakthrough.

12. Oregon State (12) — Beavers didn’t embarrass themselves at Utah but … they still lost, again.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

1. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

Stats: 175 rushes, 1,060 yards, 6 TDs; 25 receptions, 310 yards, 2 TDs

Comment: Forget about the damage McCaffrey does on kickoff and punt returns, and consider this: He leads the Pac-12’s top team in rushing, receptions and receiving yards. Hard to argue there’s a more important, or more dynamic, offensive player in the Pac-12 — and he’s averaging 244.2 all-purpose yards per game.

2. Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon

Stats: 165 rushes, 1,109 yards, 6.7 ypc, 138.6 ypg, 11 TDs

Comment: His team has taken a step back this season, but Freeman has been the best pure tailback in the conference — and one of the best in the country. He leads all Pac-12 running backs in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and yards per game, and ranks second in all-purpose yards.

3. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

Stats: 52 receptions, 956 yards, 18.4 yards per catch, 119.5 yards per game, 8 TDs

Comment: Smith-Schuster’s status going forward is somewhat cloudy due to a recent hand surgery, but his performance thus far has been spectacular. He leads the league in receiving yards, and averages more yards per reception than any other top-10 receiver in the Pac-12. Also ranks sixth in the conference in all-purpose yards.

christian.caple@thenewstribune.com

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