Chaos is king in the Pac-12

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By AUBREY KRAGEN
College Contributor Network

This season of college football has been one of the most bizarre in recent memory. Last weekend, in particular, could be called college football's "Red Wedding," as the Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 teams in the nation were all knocked off their thrones.

After such a wild weekend, I present to you the current leaders of the Pac-12 North and South: Cal and Arizona.

That's right, that little team up in Berkeley that went 1-11 last year and was picked to finish last in the division is beating out Oregon and Stanford in the Pac-12 North. Coach Sonny Dykes has led the Bears to a 4-1 record, with the team's only loss coming to -- guess who? -- Arizona in Tucson on a last-second Hail Mary from Anu Solomon to Austin Hill.

Upon closer, examination, though, Cal only has one impressive win: the circus 60-59 victory they pulled off over Washington State on Saturday. I've got to say, that game was one of the more ridiculous things I've ever seen in my life. The teams were giving away touchdowns like candy and the commentators sounded like they were watching paint dry every time one of the teams scored.

Perhaps that top spot will be usurped by Oregon or Stanford and order will be restored, but, for now, the race is wide open. The Ducks and the Cardinal have definitely faced tougher opponents so far, but both sport a 1-1 conference record.

Meanwhile, "RichRod's" Wildcats are undefeated and 2-0 in conference play. Arizona sits in a similar position to Cal, as the Wildcats have three wins over subpar opponents in addition to the Hail Mary win over the Bears and an impressive upset of Oregon in Eugene.

Still, I don't think the 'Cats are deserving of a No. 10 ranking or the top slot in the Pac-12 South. The Bruins, Trojans and Sun Devils are all more talented, but have just hit some bumps in the road.

Utah, meanwhile, finally accomplished what Virginia, Memphis and Texas all threatened to do: knock off UCLA. It was about time for the Bruins' perfect record to be tarnished -- they had too many close calls to unranked teams to be considered so highly. But their showing against ASU in Tempe proved that they might deserve the top spot in the Pac-12 South after all.

This weekend, which features matchups between Oregon and UCLA, USC and Arizona, Washington and Cal, and Washington State and Stanford, might right the ship a little bit. Should Oregon and Stanford win, they could creep up right behind Cal in the North, and the Bears' lead might not last for long, with the Ducks and the Bruins on their horizon.

In the South, USC could move into first with a win in Tucson and if UCLA pulls off a win over the mighty Ducks, perhaps the Bruins could be leading the pack soon.

Or maybe it's finally the year for a Washington State-Colorado Pac-12 Championship Game. See you in Santa Clara!


Aubrey Kragen is a senior at USC majoring in Communication. She was born in San Diego and is a fan of the Chargers, the Padres and the Spurs (because she needs at least one good team to root for). Follow her on Twitter: @aubreykragen
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