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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What we learned in the Pac-10, Week 8



October 19, 2008

By ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Revelations from the past weekend's action.

The Pac-10 is down because it goes limp on the road: Stanford and California both expected to move up in the conference pecking order this weekend but they were doomed from the start: They were playing on the road and Pac-10 teams don't win on the road in 2008 -- unless, for obvious reasons, the opponent is Washington or Washington State. Conference teams are now 8-22 on the road this year -- 6-14 in conference play -- and five of those conference road wins came at the Huskies and Cougars. Arizona's win at UCLA still ranks as the best road win of the season in conference play. Cal, the conference's only other ranked team besides USC entering the weekend, looked like a team that could push its way into the top half of the national rankings, but it flopped in the second half at Arizona. Its two losses this year were on the road (the other at Maryland). Bay Area neighbor Stanford is unbeaten (3-0) at home but is 1-4 on the road, the one win coming, yes, at Washington.

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