Week 6 of Pacific-12 Conference football featured several good teams struggling to win such as Oregon State, USC and Stanford.

That just means there's parity in the conference when the weaker teams can play well.

Here's a look at my latest power rankings. It's my snapshot at how teams are trending at the moment.

1. Oregon (6-0, 3-0): The Ducks continue to trounce the competition after a 52-21 win over the Huskies. They are the class of the conference right now. 

2. Oregon State (4-0, 3-0): It wasn't a pretty win over the Cougars, but the win keeps the Beavers undefeated and moving up. They will be potent if it all comes together.

3. Arizona State (4-1, 2-0): Sun Devils had a bye but move up as others lose.

4. Stanford (4-1, 2-1): It was a battle of attrition in an overtime victory over Arizona. The Cardinal rallied, but didn't look good doing it.

5. USC (4-1, 2-1): Trojans looked bad against the Utes and had to overcome a two-TD deficit and win by 10.

6. Washington (3-2, 1-1): That was a rough night in Autzen Stadium. Once the Huskies finish up with the challenging first of the of the season they'll improve.

7. California (2-4, 1-2): There was a big jump for the Bears after the blowout win over UCLA. It might have been just in time to save the season.

8. UCLA (4-2, 1-2): The season is starting to get difficult for the Bruins. Even though the Cal game was on the road, there should have been a better showing than 43-17.

9. Arizona (3-3, 0-3): The shootout with Stanford shows there's still some life in these Wildcats, but it's going to be hard to stop the conference fall.

10. Utah (2-3, 0-2): The Utes are feisty. If they play well, they can knock you off. Something is missing in that they can't close it out.

11. Colorado (1-4, 1-1): The Buffaloes hope to be ready for the second half of the season after a bye.

12. Washington State (2-4, 0-3): There is no running game, a QB controversy and a so-so defense. And the Cougars couldn't beat Colorado.

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at cliff.kirkpatrick@lee.net.

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Beavers clearly did not look good. Fortunately style points are not worked into the final decision of who wins. Beavers came thru with some clutch plays. However, it was simply setting right some situations that they had caused by shooting themselves in the foot. Example: 1st & 10 on 12yd. line, 10 yd penalty sends them to the 22. Lucky or Clutch play, who knows with the Beavers, they hit Wheaton for 21 yds. Why not eliminate the penalty and ram it in with Woods or Anderson, knowing that you have Hamblett, Cooks, or Wheaton to bail you out on a 3rd and long. Then they can save some clutch plays for the Ducks.

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