Pac-12 Power Rankings Week 10: USC Rises, Arizona, Utah Fall

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Nov 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich talks to his players during the second quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a largely disappointing season for the Bruins. The preseason playoff hopes that were prevalent around Los Angeles in the summer seemed ill-founded before Pac-12 play even began. After near misses in pre-conference play against the likes of Virginia, Memphis and Texas, it seemed the Bruins weren’t who we thought they were. <p>In Pac-12 play, UCLA surrendered an unthinkable 10 sacks in a home loss to Utah, and eked out a narrow win against Cal and a 2OT win over Colorado.</p> <p>But in spite of how flawed UCLA has appeared, their 7-2 record is the 3rd best in the Pac. More importantly, they are the only team who can say two things:</p> <p>1: They beat ASU (and beat them BADLY on the road).</p> <p>2: They totally shut down Arizona.</p> <p>That’s significant because ASU has appeared unstoppable against every Pac-12 foe but the Bruins, and Arizona has scored at least 26 in all their games and averaged 42ppg. Against the UCLA, Anu Solomon and company could only muster a single touchdown.</p> <p>UCLA now has 7 wins and should be favored in all their final three games against Washington, USC and Stanford. The Bruins won’t be in the Playoff, but it may not be such a bad season after all.</p>. 7-2 (4-2). Previous: 4th. UCLA Bruins. 3. team. 70