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Some close losses are better than others, as Cal finds out in Pac-12 rankings

Here is The News Tribune’s installment of weekly Pac-12 football rankings heading into Week 6:

1. USC (4-0, No. 1 last week)

Last week: d. California, 30-20

This week: Fri. at Washington State

Which will come sooner, a Sam Darnold breakout or a massive upset loss?

2. WASHINGTON (4-0, No. 2)

Last week: d. Colorado, 37-10

This week: Sat. at Oregon State

Right now, the Huskies look like the most complete team in the conference.

3. WASHINGTON STATE (4-0, No. 3)

Last week: d. Nevada, 45-7

This week: Fri. vs. USC

Getting USC in Pullman, and in prime time is Cougars’ next shot at historic win.

4. UTAH (4-0, No. 4)

Last week: d. Arizona, 30-24

This week: Bye

Utes get two weeks to figure out how offense will run without injured QB Tyler Huntley.

5. OREGON (3-1, No. 5)

Last week: lost to Arizona State, 37-35

This week: Sat. vs. California

Strange things happen in the desert, and shocked Ducks saw that first hand last week.

6. STANFORD (2-2, No. 6)

Last week: d. UCLA, 58-34

This week: Sat. vs. Arizona State

Even shuffling in three quarterbacks, Cardinal scored on eight drives in a row.

7. COLORADO (3-1, No. 7)

Last week: lost to Washington, 37-10

This week: Sat. at UCLA

Yes, QB Steven Montez threw three picks against UW. But he will be a great one.

8. CALIFORNIA (3-1, No. 9)

Last week: lost to USC, 30-20

This week: Sat. at Oregon

Fourth-down gamble, QB Ross Bowers’ six turnovers too much to overcome.

9. UCLA (2-2, No. 8)

Last week: lost to Stanford, 58-34

This week: Sat. vs. Colorado

Guess that traditionally elite defense traveling abroad this season.

10. ARIZONA (2-2, No. 10)

Last week: lost to Utah, 30-24

This week: Bye

Will Rich Rodriguez finally pull the plug on up-and-down QB Brandon Dawkins?

11. ARIZONA STATE (2-2, No. 11)

Last week: d. Oregon, 37-35

This week: Sat. at Stanford

Hearts heavy this week in Tempe after OC Billy Napier’s father loses battle with ALS.

12 OREGON STATE (1-3, No. 12)

Last week: Bye

This week: Sat. vs. Washington

What wrinkles will the Beavers have up their sleeves coming out of bye? Try a shocking win.