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Pac-12 poll reactions, Week 12

Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:55 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

This week's polls have been released. Here's how the Pac-12 fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.

(AP/Coaches)

4/5. Stanford

Upset Saturday was the Cardinal's best friend as they rebounded from the defacto Pac-12 championship game - a loss to Oregon - to beat Cal in the annual Big Game. Thanks to losses ahead of them, Andrew Luck's squad moved up four spots in the AP to number four and up to fifth in the Coaches. Given that Virginia Tech doesn't have the strongest resume, Arkansas plays LSU and Stanford will have plenty of eyes on them with a primetime match up with Notre Dame, it's very possible this team can climb even higher after this week and into prime BCS talk.

9/9. Oregon

All things considered, falling back just five spots and likely hosting the first ever Pac-12 Championship game are two comforting thoughts for Ducks fans after the loss to USC. At this point, Oregon figures to go forward as the top two-loss team in the country and is still being given a good amount of respect after beating Stanford. The quacks out of the Pacific Northwest aren't as loud as they were last Friday but they're still audible.

10/ N/A. USC

Welcome back, welcome back. I know it's tough to think Lane Kiffin is a good coach but he is and the talented Trojans have returned to the top 10 after their big upset win over the Ducks. Eight spots seems like a big jump for a team that lost to Arizona State but really isn't when you consider the magnitude of the win in Autzen and what happened in terms of upsets.

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Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:51 am
 

Pac-12 poll reactions, Week 12

I find it interesting that the SEC West has the Top 3 ranked teams in the nation and the Pac 12 also has 3 teams ranked in the top 10 in the A.P. Poll.  When you throw in Boise State and Houston, that does not leave a lot for all of the other AQ Conferences.  This is one very good reason why there should be no AQ Conferences, and no limit as to how many teams from a conference go to a BCS Bowl game.  One SEC team is going to be left out in the cold, as far as a BCS Bowl game is concerned.  So is a 1 loss Boise State or Houston.  Instead we will get a team with a minimum of 3 losses and potentially a team with 5 losses representing the Big East in a Bowl Game.  That is pathetic.


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