This Week in Football (12/4/00)

Dec. 4, 2000

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THREE-WAY TIE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP--ROSES FOR WASHINGTON--OSU TO THE BCS: 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. For its efforts, OSU was rewarded by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl with an at-large berth in the Bowl Championship Series. . . . Oregon was selected for the Pac-10 berth in the Culligan Holiday Bowl.

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 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams--OREGON, WASHINGTON and OREGON STATE--finished ranked in the Top 10 in the final regular season 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)		8	11	10

THE BOWL PICTURE:

Game: Rose Bowl presented by AT&TMatchup: Washington (10-1) vs. Purdue (8-3)Site: PasadenaDate & Time: January 1, 2:00 PSTTV Coverage: ABCWashington's All-Time Bowl Record: 13-12-1 (most recent - 24-20 loss vs. Kansas State in 1999 Culligan Holiday BowlWashington's All-Time Rose Bowl Record: 6-6-2 (most recent - 38-31 loss to Michigan in 1993 [1992 season])Washington's Record vs. Purdue: 6-1-1, won last six in a row (most recent - 20-14 win at Purdue in 1990)

Game: Tostitos Fiesta BowlMatchup: Oregon State (10-1) vs. Notre Dame (9-2)Site: TempeDate & Time: January 1, 6:00 MST/5:00 PSTTV Coverage: ABCOregon State's All-Time Bowl Record: 2-3 (most recent - 23-17 loss vs. Hawai'i in 1999 Jeep O'ahu Bowl)Oregon State's All-Time Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Record: 0-0Oregon State's Record vs. Notre Dame: 0-0

Game: Culligan Holiday BowlMatchup: Oregon (9-2) vs. Texas (9-2)Site: San DiegoDate & Time: December 29, 5:30 PSTTV Coverage: ESPNOregon's All-Time Bowl Record: 5-9 (most recent - 24-20 win vs. Minnesota in 1999 Wells Fargo Sun BowlOregon's All-Time Culligan Holiday Bowl Record: 0-0Oregon's Record vs. Texas: 0-4 (most recent - lost 35-7 at Texas in 1971)

Game: Wells Fargo Sun BowlMatchup: UCLA (6-5) vs. Wisconsin (8-4)Site: El PasoDate & Time: December 29, 12:00 MST/11:00 PSTTV Coverage: CBSUCLA's All-Time Bowl Record: 11-10-1 (most recent - 38-31 loss to Wisconsin in 1999 Rose Bowl [1998 season])UCLA's All-Time Wells Fargo Sun Bowl Record: 1-0 (most recent - 6-3 win vs. Illinois in 1991)UCLA's Record vs. Wisconsin: 7-3 (most recent - 38-31 loss in 1999 Rose Bowl [1998 season])

Game: Jeep Aloha BowlMatchup: Arizona State (6-5) vs. Boston College (6-5Site: HonoluluDate & Time: December 25, 10:30 HST/12:30 PSTTV Coverage: ABCArizona State's All-Time Bowl Record: 10-7-1 (most recent - 23-3 loss vs. Wake Forest in 1999 Jeep Aloha Bowl)Arizona State's All-Time Jeep Aloha Bowl Record: 0-1 (most recent - 23-3 loss vs. Wake Forest in 1999)Arizona State's Record vs. Boston College: 0-0

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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, five 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

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 19-21.

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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