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The Pac 10 takes another one on the chin as USC falls to Oregon state on the road. I wouldn't count the Trojans out of the national championship picture just yet. The Florida loss to Mississippi shows that anything can happen.

1. Brigham Young (4-0)...Do you really think they could beat USC? Conventional wisdom says no, but the Cougars move after the Trojans stumble. USC needs some style points next week against Oregon to reclaim the top spot. (8)

2. Southern California (2-1)...The Trojans did the unthinkable again losing to OSU on the road. If you don't bring you "A" game every week you won't win a national championship. (9)

3. Utah (5-0)...The Ute's keep cruising along but they had a tougher time than expected against Weber State. (15)

4. Boise State (3-0)...The Bronco's win over Oregon pushes them into the BCS picture. (17)

5. Fresno State (3-1)...They went to LA and got a victory over UCLA but it was way too close for comfort. UCLA simply isn't very good. (22)

6. Oregon (4-1)...The Ducks don't need QB's to win games. Judgement time comes this Saturday when they face USC on the road. Could the mighty Trojans go 0-2 against the state of Oregon in 2008? Don't bet on it! (23)

7. California (3-1)...The Bears had no problem with Colorado State as the Pac 10 picked up a rare win over a MWC opponent.

8. Texas Christian (4-1)...No shame in losing to a team like Oklahoma, but ti dropped them out of the national rankings.

9. Oregon State (2-2)...I never expected the Beavers to make it into the column this year but beating #1 USC makes that happen. Quiz Rodgers is going to be a stud over the next four years.

10. Arizona (3-1)...Are the Wildcats contenders or pretenders? They start to figure that out when Washington invades Tucson this weekend. This is exactly the type of game that Mike Stoops ends up losing.

*UNLV dropped out after losing to Nevada