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CBS Sports Ranks Stanford 3rd Best Team in Pac-12

The Stanford Cardinal rank as the third-best Pac-12 team after the first week of college football action, according to CBSSports.com.

The Cal Golden Bears were the lowest-ranked of the California teams, fittingly, as they were the only of the four California Pac-12 schools to drop their opening game. The nationally top-ranked USC Trojans also started their reign atop the Pac-12 rankings. The Golden Bears are ranked ninth after the first week.

List of the full rankings after the jump:

01. USC Trojans (1-0)
02. Oregon Ducks (1-0)
03. Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
04. Washington Huskies (1-0)
05. Utah Utes (1-0)
06. UCLA Bruins (1-0)
07. Arizona Wildcats (1-0)
08. Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0)
09. Cal Golden Bears (0-1)
10. Washington State Cougars (0-1)
11. Oregon State Beavers (0-0)
12. Colorado Buffalos (0-1)

Here is what CBS Sports had to say about Stanford:

One year after pasting the Spartans 57-3, things were a little closer in Palo Alto Friday. In Josh Nunes' debut, the Cardinal pulled out a 20-17 win. Spartan QB David Fales picked the Stanford secondary apart, so the Cardinal have two weeks to patch up their problems before a slightly better QB comes to Palo Alto: USC's Barkley.

And here is what they had to say about Cal:

The Bears are here because of the baffling way their quarterback situation was handled against Nevada. Coach Jeff Tedford benched Zach Maynard for the team's first three series against the Wolfpack, but didn't tell the team that Maynard was going to be benched until the day before the game. Tedford had known since June that Maynard wasn't going to start. Finding out your starting QB's been benched less than 24 hours before your season opener can't be great for team chemistry.

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