Arizona State quarterback Mike Bercovici runs for a first down against Stanford on Saturday. The Sun Devils won 26-10. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

They’re back.

The Oregon Ducks backed up their dominating win over UCLA with an equally impressive throttling of rival Washington on Saturday.

The Ducks have now won 11 straight against the Huskies, who have lost to the top two teams they have played this season.

Oregon’s path to the Pac-12 title game was bolstered by the 45-20 win over UW, but also by Arizona State’s 26-10 win over Stanford.

The Cardinal now have two Pac-12 losses and don’t appear to be as big of a threat to the Ducks as in years past.

The Sun Devils, fresh off that Hail Mary win over USC, kept pace with the Trojans, who throttled Colorado, 56-28.

So did Utah, who found a way to slip past Oregon State on Thursday for a 29-23 win in double overtime.

Cal nearly sent UCLA to its third straight win, but a late interception near the end zone ended Cal’s upset bid.

Arizona and Washington State both had byes and face each other this week.

USC heads to Utah and Arizona State is at Washington in two of the more interesting matchups this Saturday.

Oregon State is at Stanford and UCLA heads to Colorado on Saturday.

Oregon is at Cal on Friday.

Here are the rankings after a relatively predictable week in the Pac-12.

1. Arizona State (5-1, 3-1): Good win at home over the Cardinal. Sun Devils were tops last week and they stay there.

2. Oregon (6-1, 3-1): Oregon has regained it’s mojo and has a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way. They miss USC and Arizona State.

3. USC (5-2, 4-1): Cody Kessler for Heisman! OK, that was a joke but the QB tossed a school-record seven TDs in the thrashing of Colorado. Big road test at Utah up next.

4. Arizona (5-1, 2-1): Wildcats had a bye and don’t get passed over by Utah after needing to go OT to beat Oregon State.

5. Utah (5-1, 2-1): Utes stay at No. 5. Needed a big game late from Devontae Booker to slip past Beavers.

6. Stanford (4-3, 2-2): Cardinal could have fallen but just about every team below them lost. Still alive in chase for North Division title, though.

7. Washington (5-2, 1-2): Huskies never really threatened the Ducks. Interesting matchup at home vs. ASU this week.

8. UCLA (5-2, 2-2): Bruins survived on the road at Cal. So they get the slight bump to No. 8.

9. Oregon State (4-2, 1-2): Beavers let one slip way against the Utes. Still need two wins to become bowl eligible. Can they do it?

10. California (4-3, 2-3): Bears have dropped two straight since leading the Pac-12 North. Play third straight at home this week against Oregon.

11. Washington State (2-5, 1-3): Cougars had a bye and stay at No. 11.

12. Colorado (2-5, 0-4): It’s tough to see another win on the schedule. Maybe hosting the Huskies on Nov. 1?

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Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at steve.gress@lee.net.


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