1. Arizona (9-0) last: 1
An upset over #5 Florida puts the Wildcats at #4 in the nation and #1 in the Pac-12. As of right now, It’s not remotely debatable.
2. Colorado (8-2) last: 3
A win over Fresno State is nothing crazy, but the Buffs get bumped up due to California’s loss. Andre Roberson is averaging a double-double per game (12 points and 12 rebounds).
3. Oregon Ducks (9-1) last: 4
A dominating win over Nebraska gives the Ducks a solid non-conference resume. We can no longer ignore the fact that Oregon could cause some trouble this year.
4. California (7-3) last: 2
Cal bounced back with a win over Santa Barbara after a three game skid. Unfortunately for the Bears, a recent loss to #16 Creighton essentially eliminates their opportunity to get any quality wins for the non-conference season.
5. Oregon State Beavers (7-2) last: 5
Wins over Portland State and Chicago State are expected and unimpressive.
6. UCLA (8-3) last: 6
A win over the Prairie View A & M Panthers and Long Beach State is equally expected and unimpressive. The Bruins’ are relying too heavily on their freshmen right now and their defense this year looks shaky.
7. Stanford (7-4) last: 8
Stanford’s loss to North Carolina State puts the Cardinal in some trouble, as Northwestern becomes their only chance to get a decent (not good, decent) win in the non-conference schedule. Stanford could use some help in the scoring department.
8. Utah Utes (7-3) last:9
Defeating SMU puts Utah in suprisingly better shape during their non-conference season than anyone would have guessed. The Utes are 29th in the nation in shooting percentage right now.
9. Arizona State Sun Devils (9-2) last: 7
The Devils finally revealed their true colors with a 78-61 loss to DePaul at home. We should get an even better idea about this team when they play Texas Tech (who Arizona destroyed) later this week.
10. Washington State Cougars (7-4) last:10
A win over Jaskon State keeps the Cougars put.
11. Washington (6-4) last: 11
Wins over Seattle and Jackson State are positive signs for a struggling Washington team, but they need something more solid to go up in our polls. A win against UConn before the end of the year would do just that.
12. USC Trojans (4-6) last: 12
USC’s 70-26 win over UC Riverside is not a testament to how good the Trojans are, but to how awful Riverside is–they are literally one of the worst teams in the NCAA, which does not keep the Trojans out of the cellar.