This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 22, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: Just two games this Thanksgiving week. On Fri., Nov. 26, it's ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE (FSN) in the annual Duel in the Desert. The next day, Sat., Nov. 27, Notre Dame is at USC (ABC), as those two old intersectional rivals have their annual dustup. 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 - Fri., Nov. 26 Site Time/TV Series/Last Year18/20 Arizona State (8-2) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 1:00 MT Arizona leads 43-33-1--/-- Arizona (2-8) Tucson, AZ FSN Arizona State 28-7
Game - Sat., Nov. 27--/-- Notre Dame (6-4) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 5:00 PT Notre Dame leads 42-28-51/1 USC (10-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC USC 45-14
A LOOK AHEAD: The remainder of the regular-season schedule:
Sat., Dec. 4
USC at UCLA, 1:30 PT (ABC)
California at Southern Mississippi, 6:45 CT/4:45 PT (ESPN)
California 41, Stanford 6
Oregon State 50, Oregon 21
Washington State 28, Washington 25
PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information, as well as links to all the league's schools, can be found online by pointing your browser to www.pac-10.org
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 11:00 a.m. PT/12:00 noon MT (2:00 ET) 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: 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PT/MT (2:00 ET) Coordinates: IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band)
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
Fri., Nov. 2612:00 PT/1:00 MT Arizona State at Arizona FSN (national)
Sat., Nov. 275:00 PT/6:00 MT Notre Dame at USC ABC (national)
Sat., Dec. 41:30 PT/2:30 MT USC at UCLA ABC (national)4:45 PT/5:45 MT California at Southern Mississippi ESPN (national)
ARIZONA STATE (8-2) at ARIZONA (2-8) - 1:00 MT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Arizona and Arizona State have met 77 times dating to 1899 and uninterrupted since 1946. The teams play for the Territorial Cup and the Wildcats lead the series 43-33-1. The teams have split the last 14 meetings, but the Sun Devils have won the last two and four of the last five. In 43 games played at Tucson, UA leads 27-16, but ASU has taken the last two and three of the last four. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Arizona State closed out the season at Tempe with the Sun Devils prevailing 28-7. QB Andrew Walter led ASU in passing for 281 yards and three TDs. Walter's main target was Derek Hagan, who pulled in eight catches for 155 yards (19.4), including an 80-yard touchdown reception. The numbers were closer than the score as the Devils had 484 yards total offense (203 rushing, 281 passing) and the Wildcats 452, including 339 through the air.
NOTRE DAME (6-4) at USC (10-0) - 5:00 PT - ABC national telecast - The Series: The most storied college intersectional rivalry of them all dates back to the days of Knute Rockne and Howard Jones as USC and Notre Dame square off for the 76th time. USC and Notre Dame have met 75 times dating to 1926 and uninterrupted except for the war years of 1943-45. The Fighting Irish lead the series 42-28-5, but the Trojans have won the last two. The series is very close in the 39 games played at Los Angeles with the Trojans holding a slim 18-17-4 advantage by virtue of winning three of the last four in the Coliseum. . . . Last Year: USC and Notre Dame met at South Bend and the No. 5-ranked Trojans rolled to a 45-14 victory. It marked only the second win in 20 years at South Bend for USC and was the most points ever scored by the Trojans at Notre Dame Stadium. SC QB Matt Leinart had a career day in completing 26-of-34 (.765) for 351 yards and four touchdowns. USC rolled up 551 yards total offense (195 rushing, 356 passing), while limiting ND to 279 yards total offense.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just two regular-season non-conference games remeaining (Notre Dame at USC and Cal at Southern Miss), the Pac-10 has recorded a mark of 18-11 (.621) against non-conference foes.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams--USC and California--in the top four in the polls, with the Trojans maintaining their top ranking and California garnering its best ranking since 1952. Arizona State is in the top 20 in both polls and Oregon State receives a vote for a total of four Conference teams getting poll mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media), ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls and the BCS rankings:
USA/ Team AP ESPN BCS USC (10-0) 1 1 1 California (9-1) 4 4 4 Arizona State (8-2) 18 20 16 Oregon State (6-5) -- t35 --
2004 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the WeekWeek Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 4 Reggie Bush, TB, USC Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ Kyle Basler, P, WSUSep. 11 Mike Hass, SE, OSU Dale Robinson, OLB, ASU T.J. Rushing, KR, STANSep. 18 Maurice Drew, TB, UCLA Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASUSep. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Emmanuel Franklin, S, ASU Kyle Basler, P, WSUOct. 2 Chase Lyman, WR, CAL Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA Justin Medlock, PK, UCLAOct. 9 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Mike Patterson, DT, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 16 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Oshiomogho Atogwe, FS, STAN Alexis Serna, PK, OSUOct. 23 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Jared Siegel, PK, OREOct. 30 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA Maurice Drew, PR, UCLANov. 6 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Wilrey Fontenot, CB, ARIZ Reggie Bush, KR, USC Jerome Harrison, RB, WSUNov. 13 Chris Markey, TB, ASU Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Justin Medlock, PK, UCLANov. 20 Derek Anderson, QB, OSU Bill Swancutt, DE, OSU Alexis Serna, PK, OSU
Longest overall winning streak - 19 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 14 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 20 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 8 games - USC
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 38 Conference games to date, the home team has won 21 times and the visiting team has won 17 times.
SAGARIN RATINGS: For the eighth straight week, the Pac-10 is rated No. 1 among all conferences in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The Pac-10 is followed by the Big 12, ACC, SEC and Big Ten in that order.
ARIZONA: Wildcat defense has forced eight turnovers in last six quarters of play. UA ranks second in the Pac-10 in fumbles recovered with 15. . . . With a 74-yard rushing effort at USC, RB Mike Bell topped the 2,000-yard rushing mark for his career and landed himself a spot on Arizona's top 10 career rushing list. Bell currently ranks sixth in the league in rushing at 80.2 yards per game. . . . WR Ricky Williams has a string of 18 consecutive games with at least one reception. . . . Freshman CB Antoine Cason has four of the Cats' seven interceptions.
ARIZONA STATE: With 332 yards passing in last game against St., QB Andrew Walter became just the fifth player in league history to top the 10,000-yard passing mark. He stands in fifth place on the career passing chart with 10,297 yards. Walter tossed five TD passes against the Cougars to raise his Pac-10 career record to 85 touchdown passes and his season total to an ASU-record 30 scoring throws. Walter has passed for 747 yards and nine touchdowns in the last two games. . . . With Walter at the controls, ASU is second in the Pac-10 in passing offense and is one of two league schools (with OSU) averaging more than 300 yards per game through the air (302.4). . . . The Devils have scored 31 of their 36 touchdowns through the air this year. . . . WR Derek Hagen has six 100-yard receiving games this season. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in both receptions (67) and receiving yards per game (95.6). With nine receptions for 113 yards vs. WSU in last outing, Hagen moved into second place on ASU's career reception list. He has 165 career catches, trailing only the 188 of Hall of Fame WR John Jefferson (1974-77). . . . TE Zach Miller has set ASU freshman records for receptions (43) and receiving yards (448).
CALIFORNIA: Kickoff for Dec. 4 game at Southern Mississippi has been set for 6:45 CT/4:45 PT with game to be televised nationally by ESPN. . . . Golden Bears have won seven Conference games for the first time since 1949 and nine regular-season games for only the second time since 1950. . . . With 169 yards rushing vs. Stanford last week, TB J.J. Arrington raised his season total to 1,584 yards, setting a new Cal single-season rushing record (old mark 1,460 by Chuck Muncie, 1975). That total moves Arrington into 10th place on the Pac-10 single-season chart. Arrington leads the Pac-10 in rushing and is third nationally at 158.4 yards per game and is the only running back in the nation to gain at least 100 yards in all of his games this season. . . . Fellow TB Marshawn Lynch also topped the 100-yard rushing mark against Stanford. Both Arrington and Lynch have rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last two games. . . . Also getting a Cal record was WR Geoff McArthur who became the Bears' career receiving leader with 196 receptions (old mark 195 by Dameane Douglas, 1995-98). . . . DE Ryan Riddle leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 12.5. That's one shy of the Cal single-season record (Andre Carter).
UCLA: Bruins have allowed a league-low 14 QB sacks in 10 games. . . . ILB Spencer Havner continues to lead the Pac-10 in tackles by a good margin. His average of 11.9 per game is more than a tackle-and-a-half better than runnerup MLB Trent Bray of OSU (10.2 per game). . . . Bruins are least penalized team in the league, being flagged an average of five times per game for 40.2 yards. . . . Bruins rank second (behind Cal) in the league in rushing offense at 207.6 yards per game. That's a long way from last year's total of 91.9 yards per game, which was the worst mark in the Pac-10. . . . QB Drew Olson has 18 TD passes this season. Among Bruin QBs, only Cade McNown, Troy Aikman and Tom Ramsey have thrown for more in a season. In his last six games, he has thrown 14 TD passes with just six interceptions. . . . TE Marcedes Lewis needs one more TD reception for the UCLA record for career touchdown receptions by a tight end. He currently is tied with Tim Wrightman with 10. . . . UCLA's talented trio of tailbacks--Maurice Drew, Manuel White and Chris Markey--each have at least one run of 60 yards this season.
USC: Win against Arizona clinched at least a Pac-10 co-championship and gives the Trojans the Pac-10's automatic berth in the BCS. It's the third straight Pac-10 title for the Trojans for the first time since 1987-89. . . . USC continues to add to a number of impressive winning streaks. Trojans have won 19 straight overall, second-longest current winning streak in the nation (21, Boise State) and the second-longest in school history. The Trojans' home winning streak is now up to 20 games, which ties the school record for consecutive home victories. . . . Trojans have posted third consecutive 10-win season. . . . TB LenDale White rushed for three TDs in win vs. Arizona in last outing. White has rushed for 15 TDs in 10 games this year and 29 TDs in 23 career games. . . . OLB Matt Grootegoed has posted 6.5 tackles for loss the last two games. . . . USC is 12-0 in November under coach Pete Carroll. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (11.6), total defense (266.4), rushing defense (69.2) and pass efficiency defense (97.6). USC ranks in the top fiv nationally in all of those categories. . . . Last two opponents were able to convert just 2-of-25 third-down conversion attempts.
Doak Walker Award: J.J. Arrington of California and Reggie Bush of USC are among the eight semifinalists announced for the Doak Walker Award honoring the nation's top running back.
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award: Pete Carroll of USC and Jeff Tedford of California are among the 12 coaches under consideration for the award.
The Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team will be announced on Tuesday, November 23.
The All-Pac-10 Football Team, selected by the league's head football coaches, will be announced on Monday, November 29. Players of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced with the All-Pac-10 Team.
BOWL PICTURE: The Pac-10 bowl picture has cleared up as far as teams participating, but the final destinations for the participants are still undetermined. USC, California, Arizona State, Oregon State and UCLA have clinched bowl berths. However, with two teams--USC and California--still in contention for BCS bowl berths, how the teams slot into the Pac-10 bowl berths is still on hold.