The Pac-10 is really just a two-team conference this season. But those two teams are awfully good.
Oregon and Stanford are the only two Pac-10 teams ranked in the USA Today coaches poll for Week 14, which leaves the conference tied with the ACC for number of ranked teams. Both of the ranked Pac-10 teams, though, are in the top five — a distinction no other conference can claim.
Oregon's top-ranked Ducks hold onto their spot atop the poll, and Stanford is fifth. That more than makes up for Arizona falling out of the top 25, and no other Pac-10 team even receiving votes.
It will also make up for the Pac-10's dismal season in its middle class, one that might see the conference not fill all of its bowl obligations. That's because it appears likely that both Oregon and Stanford will end up in BCS bowls, getting the conference a large share of the BCS' riches.
Also, obviously, Oregon and Stanford do appear to be two of the best five teams in the country — and Stanford's only loss was on the road at Oregon. Add that to the chances that the Pac-10 sends two players to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation, likely Oregon's LaMichael James and Stanford's Andrew Luck, and it seems like a proud season for a conference that can only hang its hat on its two best teams.
Full Pac-10 rankings are as follows:
- No. 1 Oregon
- No. 5 Stanford