This Week in Pac-10 Football
Aug. 30, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: Defending AP National Champion and pre-season No. 1 pick USC opened the 2004 college football season with a 24-13 win against Virginia Tech in the Black Coaches Association Football Classic. Eight other Pac-10 teams tee it up this week in games stretching from Thursday to Sunday around the Labor Day weekend, as the league kicks off its 89th season. Included is a trip by OREGON STATE to LSU on Sat., Sep. 4, to face the Tiger team that shared the national championship with USC last season. OREGON is the sole league team that will not have played a game by Labor Day, as the Ducks open their season with a home date against Indiana on Sep. 11: Here is a look at this week's schedule (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game - Thu., Sep. 2 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting --/-- UTEP Sun Devil Stadium (73,379) 7:00 MST ASU leads 32-13-3 --/t58 Arizona State Tempe, AZ ASU 45-20 (1995) Ranking Game - Fri., Sep. 3 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting 34/31 Washington State University Stadium (37,370) 6:00 MDT WSU leads 1-0 --/-- New Mexico Albuquerque, NM ESPN WSU 23-13 (2003) Ranking Games - Sat., Sep. 4 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting 13/14 California Falcon Stadium (52,480) 10:00 MDT California leads 4-2 --/-- Air Force Colorado Springs, CO ESPN2 Air Force 23-21 (2002) t35/33 Oklahoma State Rose Bowl (91,136) 12:30 PDT UCLA leads 1-0 --/t49 UCLA Pasadena, CA ABC UCLA 38-24 (2002) 33/28 Oregon State Tiger Stadium (91,600) 5:00 CDT LSU leads 3-0 4/3 LSU Baton Rouge, LA ESPN LSU 45-7 (1982) Ranking Games - Sat., Sep. 4 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting --/-- Northern Arizona Arizona Stadium (56,002) 7:00 MST Arizona leads 6-1 --/t58 Arizona Tucson, AZ Arizona 37-3 (2002) --/-- San Jose State Stanford Stadium (85,500) 7:00 PDT Stanford leads 45-13-1 --/-- Stanford Stanford, CA KRON Stanford 31-10 (2003) Ranking Game - Sun., Sep. 5 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting t35/45 Fresno State Husky Stadium (72,500) 2:30 PDT Washington leads 1-0 --/57 Washington Seattle, WA FSN UW 49-14 (1979) 23/24 Oregon - open date - open season vs. Indiana Sep. 11 at Eugene 1/1 USC - open date - next game vs. Colorado State Sep. 11 at Los Angeles
LAST WEEK: USC 24, Virginia Tech 13 (Black Coaches Association Football Classic)PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the head coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games, plus highlight footage. The 30-minute feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 EDT) beginning Sep. 8 and running through Dec. 1. Coordinates for the feed are IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 805-231-3229 or pager 888-451-5861, or Michelle Zumalt at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
Dates: Wednesdays, Sep. 8 through Dec. 1 Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon PT/MT (2:30 ET) Coordinates: IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band)
PAC-10 TELEVISION: Pacific-10 Conference television partners ABC Sports, Fox Sports Net and TBS Superstation combine to provide extensive coverage of Pac-10 football in 2004. ABC will televise 14 games from Pac-10 sites over the air, while Fox Sports Net will air 13 games and TBS Superstation five games to a national cable audience, giving the Pac-10 a total of 18 home games on national cable. Additional away games involving Pac-10 teams will be televised by ESPN, ESPN2 and NBC. In addition to the Conference television packages, individual schools at times may present games on local over-the-air or cable entities. Some of the games to be televised are selected prior to the season. The remainder of the games will be selected as the season progresses with picks made either six or 12 days prior to the games.
2004 PAC-10 FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULEDay/Date Time (PT) TV GameSat., Aug. 28 4:45 p.m. ESPN USC vs. Virginia Tech (Landover, MD)Fri., Sep. 3 5:00 p.m. ESPN Washington State at New MexicoSat., Sep. 4 9:00 a.m. ESPN2 California at Air Force 12:30 p.m. ABC Oklahoma State at UCLA 3:00 p.m. ESPN Oregon State at LSUSun., Sep. 5 2:30 p.m. FSN Fresno State at WashingtonFri., Sep. 10 7:00 p.m. ESPN Oregon State at Boise StateSat., Sep. 11 9:00 a.m. ESPN2 Arizona State at Northwestern 9:00 a.m. ABC UCLA at Illinois 12:30 p.m. ABC Colorado at Washington State (at Seattle) 5:00 p.m. ABC Colorado State at USCThu., Sep. 16 4:30 p.m. ESPN California at Southern MississippiSat. Sep. 18 12:30 p.m. ABC Oregon at Oklahoma 1:00 p.m. FSN Wisconsin at Arizona 4:00 p.m. ABC UCLA at Washington 7:00 p.m. ESPN USC at BYUSat., Sep. 25 12:30 p.m. ABC Washington State at Arizona 12:30 p.m. NBC Washington at Notre Dame 4:00 p.m. TBS USC at StanfordSat., Oct. 2 1:00 p.m. FSN TBA (12- or six-day selection) 7:15 p.m. TBS TBA (12- or six-day selection)Sat., Oct. 9 11:30 a.m. NBC Stanford at Notre Dame 12:30 p.m. ABC TBA (12- or six-day selection) 3:30 p.m. FSN TBA (12- or six-day selection)Sat., Oct. 16 12:30 p.m. ABC TBA (12- or six-day selection) 4:00 p.m. TBS TBA (12- or six-day selection) 7:15 p.m. FSN TBA (12- or six-day selection)Sat., Oct. 23 12:30 p.m. ABC TBA (12- or six-day selection) 3:30 p.m. FSN TBA (12- or six-day selection)Sat., Oct. 30 12:30 p.m. FSN TBA (12- or six-day selection) 4:00 p.m. ABC USC at Washington State 7:00 p.m. TBS TBS (12- or six-day selection)Sat., Nov. 6 12:30 p.m. ABC TBA (12- or six-day selection) 3:30 p.m. FSN TBA (12- or six-day selection) 7:00 p.m. FSN TBA (12- or six-day selection)Sat., Nov. 13 12:30 p.m. ABC TBA (12- or six-day selection) 4:00 p.m. TBS TBA (12- or six-day selection) 7:15 p.m. FSN Arizona at USCSat., Nov. 20 12:30 p.m. FSN Stanford at California 4:00 p.m. FSN Oregon at Oregon State 5:00 p.m. ABC Washington at Washington StateFri., Nov. 26 12:00 noon FSN Arizona State at ArizonaSat., Nov. 27 5:00 p.m. ABC Notre Dame at USCSat., Dec. 4 1:30 p.m. ABC USC at UCLA
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams start the season ranked in the Top 25 in the pre-season polls, with a couple of others lurking just outside the first 25. And in a tribute to the depth of the league, nine of 10 Conference teams receive at least some mention in the polls. Only the Pac-10 and SEC had that many teams receiving votes. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the pre-season AP (media) and the Week Two ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team (2003 record) AP ESPN USC (12-1) 1 1 California (8-6) 13 14 Oregon (8-5) 23 24 Oregon State (8-5) 33 28 Washington State (10-3) 34 31 UCLA (6-7) -- t49 Washington (6-6) -- 57 Arizona (2-10) -- t58 Arizona State (5-7) -- t58
MEDIA TAB DEFENDING CHAMPION TROJANS: USC is the unanimous choice to win the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference football title in a pre-season poll of West Coast media members who regularly cover the league. The Trojans garnered all 24 first-place votes, marking the first time in the Pac-10 era since 1978 that one team received every first-place vote. USC is the defending Pac-10 champion, as well as defending Associated Press national champion, after fashioning a 12-1 record last year, capped by a Rose Bowl win against Michigan. CALIFORNIA was picked to finish second by the pollsters. Since 1978, the Golden Bears have never been picked higher than fourth in the pre-season poll. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 21 of 43 previous polls, including the last four years in a row. Following are the results of the pre-season media poll (points 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses):
1. USC (24) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 2. California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 3. Oregon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 192 4. Oregon State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 5. Washington State . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 6. Arizona State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 7. Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 8. UCLA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 9. Stanford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 10. Arizona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
MEDIA POLL NOTES: Pre-season media poll has correctly picked the Conference champion 21 of 43 times and has been very accurate of late in correctly identifying the Conference champ the last four years in a row and five of the last six. . . . Since the Pac-10 era began in 1978, no team had ever before received every first-place vote until USC turned the trick this year. The closest was 1992 when Washington, like USC coming off a national championship the previous season, received 30 of 31 first-place votes. The Huskies came through by making a return trip to the Rose Bowl following the 1992 season. . . . It is the highest predicted finish for CALIFORNIA in the Pac-10 era since 1978. The previous high water mark for the Bears was being picked to finish fourth. . . . Of all the teams, the pollsters seemed to have the most difficulty predicting how ARIZONA STATE will fare this season. The Sun Devils were picked to finish as high as third and as low as ninth. . . . Hope for ARIZONA. In two of the last three years, the team predicted to finish last in the Conference has posted a winning record. . . . And remember, it's the Pac-10, where six different teams have claimed the championship the last six years.SERIES NOTES FOR THIS WEEK'S GAMES:UTEP at ARIZONA STATE - Thu., Sep. 2 - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona State and UTEP have met 48 times with the Sun Devils holding a commanding 32-13-3 series advantage. ASU has won the last seven meeting and 24 of the last 25. In 25 games played at Tempe, the Devils lead 20-5 and have won the last six. UTEP's last win in the series was a 31-27 decision at Tempe in 1974. . . . Last Meeting: The teams last met in 1995 at Tempe with Arizona State taking a 45-20 win in its home opener. The Sun Devils had a 580-219 advantage in total offense. ASU rushed for 343 yards and Devil QB Jake Plummer tossed four TD passes. . . . Coaching Ties: New UTEP head coach Mike Price is a familiar face in the Pac-10 having served as head coach at Washington State for 14 years (1989-2002). During that time, he broke even against Arizona State with a 6-6 mark, including 3-3 in games at Sun Devil Stadium. . . . ASU coach Dirk Koetter was an assistant coach at UTEP from 1986-88, his first full-time position at a Division I-A school.WASHINGTON STATE at NEW MEXICO - Fri., Sep. 3 - 6:00 MDT/5:00 PDT - ESPN - The Series: First trip to Albuquerque for Washington State which has faced New Mexico just once before, taking a 23-13 decision at Pullman last year. . . . Last Year: Bill Doba made his Pullman debut as Washington State's head a coach a successful one as the Cougars downed New Mexico 23-13. WSU did it with defense and the foot of PK Drew Dunning, who kicked a school-record five field goals. The Lobos had a 13-12 halftime lead, but the Coug defense threw a shutout in the second half, allowing just 78 total yards. For the game, the Washington State defense limited New Mexico to 22 yards rushing.CALIFORNIA at AIR FORCE - Sat., Sep. 4 - 10:00 a.m. MDT/9:00 a.m. PDT - ESPN2 - The Series: California and Air Force have met six times with the Golden Bears leading the series 4-2. Cal is 2-0 in two previous trips to Colorado Springs, with the most recent visit being in 1975. . . . Last Meeting: Air Force traveled to Berkeley in 2002 and the Falcons upset No. 23-ranked California to hand Jeff Tedford his first defeat as head coach of the Golden Bears. Air Force kept the ball on the ground on 56 of its 64 offensive plays and piled up 295 yards rushing. Cal PK Mark Jensen kept the Bears in the game with a school-record five field goals and QB Kyle Boller connected with Jonathan Makonnen with 31 seconds left in the game to pull the Bears within 23-21. But a two-point conversion attempt was tipped away and the Falcons hung on for the victory.OKLAHOMA STATE at UCLA - Sat., Sep. 4 - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional (42% of nation) - The series: First trip to the Rose Bowl for Oklahoma State. UCLA and Oklahoma State have met just once with the Bruins winning 38-24 at Stillwater in 2002. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA traveled to Stillwater in 2002 and spotted Oklahoma State a 10-0 lead before exploding for 31 unanswered points on the way to a 38-24 win. QB Cory Paus led the way for UCLA, passing for three TDs and rushing for another. Oklahoma State put up 350 yards through the air, but the Bruin defense picked off four passes, with LB Spencer Havner running one back for a score.OREGON STATE at LSU - Sat., Sep. 4 - 5:00 CDT/3:00 PDT - ESPN - The Series: Oregon State and LSU have met three times and the Tigers have taken all three games. All of the games have been at Baton Rouge. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon State traveled to LSU in 1982 and the Tigers rushed for 371 yards in rolling to a 45-7 victory. LSU out gained OSU 515-183 and the Tiger defense limited the Beavers to 10 first downs and 42 yards rushing. . . . Program Note: ESPN College GameDay will kick off its 2004 college football coverage originating from Baton Rouge prior to the Oregon State-LSU game.NORTHERN ARIZONA at ARIZONA - Sat., Sep. 4 - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona and Northern Arizona have met seven times with the Wildcats leading the series 6-1. Arizona has won the last five and is 5-0 in games played at Tucson. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona and Northern Arizona opened the 2002 season at Tucson and Jason Johnson passed for 381 yards and three TDs in leading the Wildcats to a 37-3 victory. The Arizona defense limited NAU to 202 yards total offense and just nine first downs.SAN JOSE STATE at STANFORD - Sat., Sep. 4 - 7:00 PDT - KRON local telecast - The Series: Stanford-San Jose State is an old neighborhood rivalry dating to 1900. The teams have met 59 times with the Cardinal leading the series 45-13-1. All but three of the games have been played at Stanford. Stanford has won the last three meetings, which snapped a three-game San Jose State winning streak. . . . Last Year: Stanford and San Jose State met at Stanford Stadium and the Cardinal overcame an early 10-0 deficit to roll to a 31-10 win. Redshirt freshman QB Trent Edwards came off the bench to have an impressive debut for the Card in passing for 278 yards and two scores, and TB J.R. Lemon handled the ground chores by rushing for 103 yards and two TDs. The Stanford defense limited San Jose State to nine yards rushing and held the Spartans scoreless for the final three quarters.FRESNO STATE at WASHINGTON - Sun., Sep. 5 - 2:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net - The Series: Washington and Fresno State have met just once with Huskies prevailing 49-14 at Seattle in 1979. . . . Last Meeting: No. 9-ranked Washington and Fresno State met at Seattle in 1979 and the Huskies shook off an early 14-7 deficit to power to a 49-14 win. UW rushed for 369 yards and had 541 yards in total offense, and the Husky defense picked off five Fresno State passes.PAC-10 NOTES:NEW COACH: Just one new head coach on Pac-10 sidelines this season as Mike Stoops takes the helm at Arizona. Stoops comes to Tucson after five highly successful seasons as associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Oklahoma. Prior to Oklahoma, Stoops served stints as an assistant at Kansas State and Iowa. . . . Nine of the Pac-10 schools, all but Oregon, have had a turnover of head coaches in the past four years.THE MISSES: The Pac-10 scheduling format calls for eight Conference games--four home and four away--which means each institution misses one league foe. Following are the Pac-10 'misses' for 2004: Arizona-Stanford Arizona State-Washington California-Washington State Oregon-USC Oregon State-UCLACONFERENCE NOTES: The Pac-10 has renamed its major defensive award the Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year in honor of the former Arizona State linebacker, who was killed in the line of duty in April while serving with the U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan. Tillman was voted the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches in 1997. . . . The Morris Trophy has found a new home. The awards, given annually to the top offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-10 as chosen by their fellow linemen, will be presented at a luncheon in January at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle. . . . The Pac-10 averaged a record 51,585 in 63 home games last year. The total attendance of 3,249,836 put the Pac-10 over the three million mark for the second straight year and fifth time in history. The previous attendance mark was 51,279 in 1988. USC led the way with a Pac-10 season record of 77,804 fans per game. . . . In a league long known for its quarterbacks, it's no surprise that half of the Pac-10's starting signal-callers are on the preseason 'watch list' for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award given annually to the nation's top college QB. Those being watched include Derek Anderson of Oregon State, Kellen Clemens of Oregon, Matt Leinart of USC, Aaron Rodgers of California and Andrew Walter of Arizona State. . . . Every Pac-10 non-conference road or neutral site game has been selected for television. . . . QB Joe Kapp of California (1956-58) and TE Charles Young of USC (1970-72) were among the 12 players selected as 2004 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame. . . . The Pac-10 has partnered with Taylor's Foundation to initiate a league-wide mental health awareness education campaign. Pac-10 student-athletes will be featured in public service messages that will air during televised Pac-10 sporting events.OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: Pac-10 teams compiled a solid 29-17 (.630) mark against non-conference foes last season. Included was a 4-2 bowl mark, featuring wins against Michigan, Texas and Virginia Tech. Among last season's BCS conferences, the Pac-10 had a winning mark against the ACC, Big Ten, Big East and SEC, with only the Big 12 (2-3) holding an edge against the Conference. Over the last four years, the Pac-10 is a solid 113-51 (.689) against outsiders.ARIZONA: New coach Mike Stoops gets his first four games at home in Tucson. The Wildcats do not hit the road until an Oct. 9 game at UCLA and have a total of seven home games. . . . However, Wildcats' first eight opponents played in the postseason last year. . . . Stoops has participated in three Rose Bowls. He was in two with Iowa, once as a player and once as a coach, and added a third as a coach with Oklahoma. . . . Arizona returns the most starters of any Pac-10 team as 18 are back, including 10 on offense. . . . The Wildcats will sport a new look in headgear this season. After 24 years of going with white helmets, the UA team will go with navy blue lids this season.ARIZONA STATE: QB Andrew Walter has passed for 52 TDs and almost 7,000 yards (6,921) over the last two seasons. His 2002 and 2003 seasons are the top two single-season passing marks in ASU history and he needs just 11 TD passes to surpass Jake Plummer's (1993-96) career TD mark of 65. . . . TB Loren Wade was the top freshman rusher (and fifth overall) in the Pac-10 last year with 773 yards and a 5.7 yards per carry average. He is the second-leading returning rusher (behind Arizona's Mike Bell) in the league this year. . . . Sun Devils have tinkered with their schemes. Look for more of a two tight end look on offense, as ASU boasts great depth at tight end, and a more conventional 4-3 look on defense. . . . OG Grayling Love was selected as the winner of the inaugural Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award. The award winner is selected by the members of the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Love, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection at tackle as a sophomore last year is moving to guard this season. . . . The pollsters did not know what to make of ASU entering the season. In the Pac-10 pre-season media poll, the Sun Devils were picked to finish as high as third and as low as ninth. . . . ASU has won five of its last six season openers. . . . WR Derek Hagan had six 100-yard receiving games last year. . . . Sun Devils have averaged 30.6 points per game in coach Dirk Koetter's three years at the helm.CALIFORNIA: Highly regarded Golden Bears must play four of first five games on road. . . . Cal, the only team to defeat national champion USC last year, is coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 12 years. The Bears have not put together three consecutive winning seasons since the days of legendary coach 'Pappy' Waldorf, who directed Cal to six straight winning seasons from 1947-52. Included were three Rose Bowl appearances. . . . Bears finished last season winning five of their last six and topped the 50-point mark in three of those wins. . . . All-America WR Geoff McArthur is the top returning receiver in the country based on receiving yards per game. He averaged 115.7 last year. . . . McArthur will be joined by WR Jonathan Makonnen, who was a medical redshirt last year after being the team's leading receiver in 2002. . . . QB Aaron Rodgers passed for over 300 yards in four of Cal's final five games last year. He ended up with 19 TD passes and only five interceptions while completing 61 percent of his passes. He led the Bears to seven wins in nine starts in 2003. Rodgers comes into the season with 220 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame, up from 195 last season. . . . Cal led the Pac-10 in rushing last year at 168.3 yards per game. It marked the first time since 1958 that the Bears had led the league in rushing (QB Joe Kapp led the league in rushing that season).OREGON: Coach Mike Bellotti is just four wins shy of 100 career victories. . . . All-Pac-10 PK Jared Siegel is eight points away from becoming Oregon's all-time leading scorer. . . . Oregon has set a record for football season ticket sales for the seventh year in a row. The Ducks averaged 57,701 last year and are riding a string of 30 consecutive sellouts. . . . QB Kellen Clemens threw 18 TD passes last year to break the UO record for a sophomore which had been held by Dan Fouts. Clemens shared the QB job (with departed Jason Fife) for much of last season before finally taking over sole possession of the job late in the season. He capped the year by passing for 363 yards against Minnesota in the Sun Bowl. 'I thought the last third of the season he (Clemens) was as good as any quarterback in our Conference,' said Bellotti. . . . DE Devan Long is the leading returning quarterback sack artist in the Conference. He posted 11.5 last season.OREGON STATE: Beavers are the only team in the country that has both of last year's co-national champions on the schedule this season. OSU opens the season at LSU and gets USC at Corvallis late. . . . QB Derek Anderson last year became just the second QB in Pac-10 history to pass for 4,000 yards in a season. His 4,058 yards passing ranks second in league annals to Washington's Cody Pickett (4,458 in 2002). Anderson also tossed 24 TD passes last year and has thrown at least one TD pass in 18 consecutive games. Given all that, it should come as no surprise that the Beavers led the Pac-10 in passing offense and total offense last year. . . . In fact, OSU led the Pac-10 in both total offense (463.0) and total defense (288.7) last year. That defensive unit, which also ranked 10th in the nation in total defense, returns seven starters. . . . Oregon State has the toughest non-conference schedule in the country if you go by winning percentage. Last year, the Beavers' foes for this season went 34-7 (.829)--LSU (13-1), Boise State (13-1) and New Mexico (8-5).STANFORD: Cardinal hopes for a fast start with first four games at home. . . . Stanford has nine starters returning on defense, most of any Pac-10 team. Included among the nine returning starters are six fifth-year seniors. . . . FS Oshiomogho Atogwe has led the team in tackles the last two years. He also has nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries the past two years. . . . The Cardinal is switching to a 3-4 defensive front to take advantage of a deep corps of linebackers. . . . Youth will be served on the offensive line. Of the 17 O-linemen on the roster, 10 are either true or redshirt freshmen, six are sophomores, one is a junior and there are no seniors. The starting lineup will likely feature a junior and four sophomores, although it should be noted the four sophomores do have 24 starts among them. . . . Overall, 45 of the Cardinal's 96-man roster are true or redshirt freshmen. . . . QB Trent Edwards is expected to become the first sophomore quarterback to begin the season as a starter since Steve Stenstrom in 1992.UCLA: WR Craig Bragg enters the season with a reception in 36 consecutive games, longest such current streak among Pac-10 receivers. He also has a string going of 31 games in which he has made at least two receptions. Bragg is the only receiver in Bruin history to record two 50-reception seasons and is known for his big plays with 10 touchdowns covering at least 40 yards in his career. . . . UCLA returns all five starters along the offensive line, but indications are that there likely will be some shuffling of positions along the front among the returnees. . . . On the other side of the ball, UCLA will have four new starters on the defensive line. . . . Standout OLB Spencer Havner has been moved to inside linebacker to team with Justin London. The duo of London (98) and Havner (82) combined for 180 tackles last year. . . . TB Maurice Drew's all-purpose yardage total of 1,219 in 2003 was the most ever by a Bruin true freshman. . . . This season marks the 50th anniversary of the Bruins' 1954 National Championship team that finished 9-0 under coach Red Sanders. UCLA won the Pacific Coast Conference (forerunner of the Pac-10) championship that year, but was barred from going to the Rose bowl by the conference's 'no repeat' rule in effect at the time.USC: Trojans have the longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams with 10 straight victories. That's the third-longest current active winning streak in the nation [Miami (Ohio) 13, Boise State 11]. Troy has won 21 of its last 22 games. . . . SC also has won 15 consecutive home games. That's longest Coliseum win streak since getting 19 in a row from 1931-33. . . . TB Reggie Bush, nicknamed 'The President' by his teammates, tied a USC single-game record with three touchdown receptions in the Trojans' 24-13 win against Virginia Tech in the BCA Football Classic. He is the first SC running back to have three TD receptions in a game. Bush accounted for 258 all-purpose yards vs. the Hokies (127 receiving, 27 rushing, 60 punt returns, 44 kickoff returns). . . . MLB Lofa Tatupu had an interception against Virginia Tech, meaning USC has intercepted at least one pass in 23 of its last 24 games. . . . Only one opposing rusher (Cal's Adimchinobe Echemandu in 2003) has rushed for 100 yards against USC in the past 26 games).WASHINGTON: Huskies will look to continue their streak of 27 consecutive years without a losing season. Only Nebraska and Michigan have longer current streaks going. . . . None of the returning group of quarterbacks--junior Casey Paus, sophomore Isaiah Stanback and freshman Carl Bonnell--has started a game. That inexperience will likely lead the Huskies to run the ball more this season, and, perhaps, add some more option to the package. . . . Huskies return starting secondary intact, which should be a strength for a defense that tied for second in league in fewest touchdown passes allowed (18) in pass-happy Pac-10. . . . WR Charles Frederick figures to step out of the shadow of departed first-round NFL draft choice Reggie Williams. Frederick had 59 receptions last season and actually had a higher yards per catch figure than Williams (14.1 to 12.5). Frederick also was voted first-team All-Pac-10 punt returner after leading the league in returns with an 11.7-yard average.WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars return the fewest starters in the league as just seven are back, including only two on defense. . . . WSU comes off three consecutive 10-wins seasons which has seen the Cougs finish either first or second in the Pac-10 during that span. USC in 1931-32-33 is the only other Pac-10 team to put together three consecutive 10-win seasons. . . . All-Pac-10 outside linebacker Will Derting is moving to middle linebacker this year. He suffered a dislocated left wrist in Fall practice with his timetable for availability to play TBA. . . . Soph Josh Swogger appears to have emerged as the Cougs' new starting QB. Given his lack of experience, WSU may run the ball a bit more this year. . . . It's a good thing Swogger stands 6-foot-5 so he can see over his offensive line. The Cougar's projected O-line might be the tallest around with projected starters who are 6-9, 6-8, 6-7, 6-7 and a runty 6-3.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 10 games - USC Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - USC Longest home winning streak - 15 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 4 games - USC
QUOTES TO NOTE: Washington coach Keith Gilbertson on USC: 'I picked them to finish third this year. In the NFC West.'Arizona State S Riccardo Stewart in a timely comment on the Sun Devils being voted to finish sixth in the Pac-10 pre-season media poll: 'The only time it matters what people vote is for president.'Washington State coach Bill Doba on the Cougars recent success (three straight 10-win seasons): 'Our players expect to win. Our players think they're pretty good and I'll be darned if I'm going to tell them any differently.'PAC-10 BOWL GAME ARRANGEMENTS: The Pac-10 has contractual arrangements to send seven teams to post-season bowl games. The Rose Bowl will feature its traditional Pac-10 vs. Big Ten matchup, unless the Pac-10 or Big Ten champ is rated No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS rankings, in which case it would play in the BCS National Championship Game at the FedEx Orange Bowl. The seven bowl tie-ins are the most the Conference has ever had in place at one time. Following is the Pac-10 bowl lineup for 2004-05:Bowl Site Matchup Date TVRose Bowl* Pasadena Pac-10 champ vs. Big 10 champ Sat., Jan. 1 ABCPacific Life Holiday Bowl San Diego Pac-10 #2 vs. Big 12 Thu., Dec. 30 ESPNVitalis Sun Bowl El Paso Pac-10 #3 vs. Big 10 Fri., Dec. 31 CBSInsight Bowl Phoenix Pac-10 #4 vs. Big East Tue., Dec. 28 ESPNPioneer Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas Pac-10 #5 vs. Mountain West Thu., Dec. 23 ESPNEmerald Bowl San Francisco Pac-10 #6 vs. Mountain West Thu., Dec. 30 ESPN2Silicon Valley Classic San Jose Pac-10 #7 vs. WAC Thu., Dec. 30 ESPN2*Note: If ranked No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS rankings, Pac-10 Champion to the BCS National Championship Game at the FedEx Orange Bowl on Tue., Jan. 4, 2005.
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