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    Quick PSA before we get to the Pac-12 power ratings: If you aren’t up to speed on the kickoff times for the Nov. 7 games — the schedule wasn’t finalized until late Tuesday afternoon — here’s the rundown:

    (It’s an odd week: No weeknight games and six on Saturday, which creates a logjam. To help alleviate overlap, Stanford-Colorado is a rare 10 a.m. PT start.)

    Nov. 7
    Stanford at Colorado, 10 a.m., Pac12Nets
    Arizona State at Washington State, 12:30 p.m., FS1
    UCLA at Oregon State, 1:30 p.m., Pac12Nets
    Utah at Washington, 4:30 p.m., FOX
    Arizona at USC, 7:30 p.m., ESPN/2
    Cal at Oregon, 7:30 p.m., ESPN/2

    To the ratings …

    1. Stanford (6-1, 5-0)
    Last week: 2
    Result: Beat Washington 31-14
    Next up: at Washington State
    Comment: The fifth consecutive night game for Stanford, which is 25-8 (home and road) under the lights in the David Shaw era.


    2. Utah (6-1, 3-1)
    Last week: 1
    Result: Lost at USC 42-24
    Next up: vs. Oregon State
    Comment: The perfect antidote for a team down in the dumps pays the Utes a visit this weekend. Wears orange. Hasn’t won since September.

    3. UCLA (5-2, 2-2)
    Last week: 6
    Result: Beat Cal 40-24
    Next up: vs. Colorado
    Comment: Josh Rosen should have used his hot tub to go back in time and keep Jack, Vanderdoes and Moreau from getting hurt.

    4. Arizona State (4-3, 2-2)
    Last week: 4
    Result: Bye
    Next up: vs. Oregon (Thursday)
    Comment: No. 7 preseason (Oregon) vs. No. 15 preseason (ASU), and the loser will have its fourth loss before November begins.

    5. USC (4-3, 2-2)
    Last week: 9
    Result: Beat Utah 42-24
    Next up: at Cal
    Comment: Down to the third-string center, which is likely to be Nico Falah. He was only a 4-star prospect with offers from a quintet of elite programs. Woe is USC.

    6. Oregon (4-3, 2-2)
    Last week: 5
    Result: Bye
    Next up: at Arizona State
    Comment: If the Ducks find a way to win in Tempe, things could get interesting in the North. And depending on what happens in Pullman, things could get really interesting.

    7. Cal (5-2, 2-2)
    Last week: 3
    Result: Lost at UCLA 40-24
    Next up: vs. USC
    Comment: Last time Cal beat USC, in 2003, a battered, mistake-prone Aaron Rodgers got pulled in favor of Reggie Robertson.

    8. Washington State (5-2, 3-1)
    Last week: 8
    Result: Won at Arizona 45-42
    Next up: vs. Stanford
    Comment: Still last in league with 91.1 rushing yards per game. But hey, that’s more than twice the 2014 average (39.8)

    9. Washington (3-4, 1-3)
    Last week: 7
    Result: Lost at Stanford 31-14
    Next up: vs. Arizona
    Comment: Path to the postseason much, much more manageable if Huskies win Saturday. (Or will it be Sunday, what with that 8 p.m. start?)

    10. Arizona (5-3, 2-3)
    Last week: 10
    Result: Lost to Washington State 45-42
    Next up: at Washington
    Comment: Wildcats just one win from bowl eligibility, but the schedule makes one seem like three or four: Washington (road), USC (road), Utah and ASU (road).

    11. Colorado (4-4, 1-3)
    Last week: 11
    Result: Won at Oregon State 17-13
    Next up: at UCLA
    Comment: On the bright side: Not No. 12.

    12. Oregon State (2-5, 0-4)
    Last week: 12
    Result: Lost to Colorado 17-13
    Next up: at Utah
    Comment: 0-4 and headed for 0-9 with Utes (road), UCLA, Cal (road), Washington and Oregon (road).

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