1. UCLA (E): They split this week, which wasn't a far cry. Unfortunately it was the let down game they lost. They played tough and outlasted WSU in Pullman on Thursday. But come Saturday they faultered against Washington. The loss dropped them back into a first place tie with Stanford in the standings. They aren't infallable, and Washington showed it. They're still the #1 team in the conference without a doubt though.
2. Stanford (E): Talk about being steady and rock-hard. These guys just keep it rolling. They've now won 7 straight, and don't seem to be slowing down at all. The longer their success continues the more you have to think these guys are a front runner for a deep run in the tournament. Not many teams can match up down low with the depth that WSU has on the front line. Not even UCLA or Georgetown. Don't know if these guys will fall out of the Top 10 now that they're there.
3. WSU (+2): Snapped their losing streak with a beat down of USC this past week. They snapped it with a 24 point win over USC. They returned to form and should start climbing back up in the polls againI don't see them losing more than 1 game the rest of the season (against Stanford). Watch out for WSU to keep things rolling.
4. Arizona (-1): I was trying to debate putting them 4 or 5, and ultimately decided the 4 is the spot for them. The loss of Nic Wise is huge, as portrayed by the blown game against ASU. Losing their only game of the week after being blown out on the road against UCLA isn't a good sign. Especially in a game you should've won. They've lost their swagger and confidence. They better hope the bleeding stops here.
5. USC (-1): I debated putting them above Arizona, but they got their tails handed to them by Washington State. That game was never close. They have more of an upside than Arizona does right now because they don't have the same injuries. But their 10 point loss to Arizona isn't very far removed and they have lost 2 of their last 4. Before I get too much grief for this one, it's also due in part to that wonderful TimSmith1111 coming onto the Zona board and making an utter tool of himself.
6. Oregon (+1):Their win over Cal was huge. They've now got momentum going in to face the Washington schools. Oregon is still dangerous and has all the pieces to put together a great second half run. Keep your eye on this team. They'll need to win 3 of their next 4 which is no small order because that means that they'll have to pull off an upset over Washington State or UCLA. Should be interesting.
7. Washington (+1)- They made headlines this week with a 10 point upset win over UCLA. I don't know if anyone outside of huge Washington fans saw this one coming. Brockman is a true beast, and they might have put something together to keep them out of the dreaded 9 or 10 spots in the conference. They have underperformed so far this year. I don't see them getting anymore upsets this year, but they'll be competitive.
8. California (-2): That loss to Oregon was bad.... correction, horrible. Their defensive inabilities are coming out more and more. They won't be able to work on that this year, so we'll see what kind of changes they can come up with in the offseason. They can have Kevin O'neill for all I care...
9. Arizona State (E): I have to give props to ASU for getting their first sweep of Arizona since 1995. The fact they still haven't moved up, despite their win this week, isn't because I'm bitter. It's because outside of OSU they're the only team in the conference that hasn't beaten one of the top three, UCLA, WSU, or Stanford. They've had some bad losses, as have been getting handed out over the past few weeks to teams all across the PAC-10, and no significant wins. Until they can pick up a quaility conference win they're not going anywhere.
10. Oregon State (E): Oh, they're still a team? My bad. Jay John... now that you're not busy do you want to come back to Arizona and help out? I think you could do a better job in the coaching department than K.O.