This Week in Pac-10 Football (11/27/00)

Nov. 27, 2000

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LAST WEEK: Arizona State 30, Arizona 17 Notre Dame 38, USC 21

ROSES FOR WASHINGTON--THREE-WAY TIE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP: Washington, Oregon State and Oregon all finished at 7-1 in league play to earn a piece of the Pac-10 championship. The Huskies earned the Pac-10's Rose Bowl berth, making UW the seventh different Pac-10 team to advance to the Rose Bowl in the last seven years. With Purdue coming out from the Big Ten, there have been six different Big Ten teams over those seven years. Oregon State posted its first 10-win season ever and its first piece of the Conference championship since 1964.

THE BOWL PICTURE: Washington, Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA and Arizona State have posted the requisite number of wins to earn bowl berths. And a reminder, in addition to the Rose Bowl berth, a second Pac-10 team is eligible for consideration for an at-large Bowl Championship Series berth. The BCS matchups will be announced on Sun., Dec. 3.

PAC-10 BOWL PARTNERS:	Sun., Dec. 24	Jeep O'ahu Bowl, 5:30 PST (ESPN)	Mon., Dec. 25	Jeep Aloha Bowl, 12:30 PST (ABC)	Fri., Dec. 29	Wells Fargo Sun Bowl, 11:00 PST (CBS)	Fri., Dec. 29	Culligan Holiday Bowl, 5:30 PST (ESPN)	Mon., Jan. 1	Rose Bowl presented by AT&T, 2:00 PST (ABC)

ROSE BOWL CREDENTIALS: Credential requests for the 2001 Rose Bowl Game are now being accepted. Requests must be on letterhead and should be mailed or faxed to: Jim Muldoon, Rose Bowl Game Media Director, Pacific-10 Conference, 800 S. Broadway, Suite 400, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Fax: 925-932-4601. Priority will be given to media organizations that staffed the two competing teams during the year and news organizations that have traditionally staffed the Rose Bowl Game. All other requests will be evaluated on a space-available basis.

PAC-10 MEDIA INFORMATION:

ONLINE: Pac-10 releases, statistics, notes, player of the week announcements and other information are available online by accessing www.pac-10.org.

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PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams--OREGON, WASHINGTON and OREGON STATE--remain ranked in the Top 10 in the polls. Oregon State's No. 5 ranking is its highest ever in the AP poll. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls and the BCS rankings:

					USA/	Team			AP	ESPN	BCS	Washington (10-1)	4	4	4	Oregon State (10-1)	5	6	6	Oregon (9-2)		9	11	10

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has had an outstanding season against outside competition in 2000. The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at 23-8 (.742) overall and 22-8 (.733) vs. Division IA opponents, the best of any BCS conference. Of the Pac-10's eight losses, four have come to teams ranked in the Top 25. The Pac-10 has a remarkable 5-5 record against Top 25 teams and posted four wins against teams ranked in the Top 5. Following are the non-conference records of the BCS conferences vs. Division IA opponents:

	Conference			W	L	Pct.	1.	Pac-10			22	8	.733	3.	Big East		21	8	.724	2.	Big 12			23	9	.719	4.	Southeastern		22	10	.688	5.	Atlantic Coast		17	8	.680	6.	Big Ten			22	12	.647

2000 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 2 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA Joe Tafoya, DE, ARIZ Nick Murphy, P, ASUSep. 9 Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, UW Andre Carter, DE, CAL David Newbury, PK, USCSep. 16 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Larry Tripplett, NT, UW Nick Harris, P, CALSep. 23 Maurice Morris, TB, ORE DeLawrence Grant, DE, OSU Keith Lewis, ST, ORESep. 30 Ken Simonton, TB, OSU Idris Haroon, DE, ARIZ Kurtis Doerr, P, OREOct. 7 Paul Arnold, TB, UW Michael Jolivette, CB, ARIZ Anousith Wilaikul, PK, WSUOct. 14 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Nnamdi Asomugha, FS, CAL Gary Love, RS/ST, ARIZOct. 21 Jonathan Smith, QB, OSU Saul Patu, DE, ORE Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUOct. 28 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Andre Carter, DE, CAL Jemeel Powell, PR, CALNov. 4 Willie Hurst, TB, UW Darrell Daniels, ILB, UW Josh Frankel, PK, ORENov. 11 Rich Alexis, TB, UW Coy Wire, ILB, STAN Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUNov. 18 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Jake Cookus, SS, OSU David Bell, PK USC

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS: Longest winning streak -7 games - Washington Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - Washington Longest home winning streak - 20 games - Oregon Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Oregon State and Washington

HOME WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT: 35 Florida State 20 Oregon

HOME WINNING STREAKS--ALL-TIME PAC-10: 26 California, 1919-23 20 Oregon, 1997-2000 20 USC, 1927-29

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 40 Conference games, home teams had a losing record at 18-20.

CLOSE FINISHES/OVERTIME GAMES: To say close games were the rule in the Pac-10 this year is an understatement. In 40 Conference games , 22 were decided by seven or fewer points, 24 by eight or fewer. Every Pac-10 team except Oregon State and Washington was involved in an overtime game this year, with Arizona State and Washington State playing in three such contests each. The Sun Devils established a NCAA record by playing in three consecutive overtime contests. There were a record seven Conference games to go into overtime this season, including two double overtime and two triple overtime games.

GEOGRAPHY: Three Pacific Northwest teams finished 1-2-3 in the Conference standings for the first time since 1941.

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