This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 29, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: Just two games remain on the regular-season schedule as USC and UCLA hook up in the Rose Bowl in their annual battle for L.A. supremacy and California travels to Southern Mississippi to make up a game postponed by Hurricane Ivan. Both games have hugh bowl implications. Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Dec. 4 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Year1/1 USC (11-0) Rose Bowl (91,136) 1:30 PT USC leads 39-27-7--/-- UCLA (6-4) Pasadena, CA ABC USC 47-22
4/4 California (9-1) M.M. Roberts Stadium (33,000) 6:45 CT California leads 1-0--/-- So. Mississippi (6-4) Hattiesburg, MS ESPN California 34-2
Arizona 34, Arizona State 27
USC 41, Notre Dame 10
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Dec. 41:30 PT/2:30 MT USC at UCLA ABC (national)4:45 PT/5:45 MT California at Southern Mississippi ESPN (national)
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)
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 at No. 4 garnering its best ranking since 1952. Each team also retains its No. 1 and No. 4 spot in the critical BCS rankings. Arizona State is also in the Top 25 in all the polls and rankings. 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 (11-0) 1 1 1 California (9-1) 4 4 4 Arizona State (8-3) 21 23 19
USC (11-0) at UCLA (6-4) - 1:30 PT - ABC national telecast - The Series: USC and UCLA have met in the battle for the Victory Bell and Los Angeles supremacy 73 times dating to 1929 and uninterrupted since 1936. The Trojans lead the series 39-27-7 after winning the last five years, which snapped an eight-game Bruin winning streak in the series. USC's current five-game winning streak is its longest ever against UCLA. In the 11 games in the series that have been played at the Rose Bowl, UCLA leads 7-4, although USC has won the last two. . . . Last Year: USC and UCLA met at the L.A. Coliseum and the No. 2-ranked Trojans scored on their first four possessions to take a 30-0 lead and never looked back in rolling to a 47-22 win. It marked USC's fifth straight win against UCLA, the Trojans' longest streak in the crosstown series. The win gave the Trojans a berth in the Rose Bowl. USC QB Matt Leinart completed 23 of 32 passes (.719) for 289 yards and two TDs in three quarters of work. His UCLA counterpart, QB Drew Olson, passed for a career-high 266 yards despite being sacked six times by the Trojans. USC also scored on defense and special teams. DT Mike Patterson rumbled 52 yards for a score on a fumble return and the teams traded touchdowns on kickoff returns on back-to-back plays. USC's Reggie Bush went 96 yards for a TD on a kickoff return, and UCLA's Maurice Drew followed immediately with a 99-yarder for the Bruins. USC put up 321 yards passing and 444 yards total offense, while the Trojan defense limited the Bruins to 11 yards rushing, 294 yards total offense and forced four turnovers.
CALIFORNIA (9-1) at SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (6-4) - 6:45 CT/4:45 PT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: California and Southern Mississippi have met just once with the Golden Bears winning 34-2 at Berkeley last year. This will be Cal's first game ever played in the state of Mississippi. . . . Last Year: California and Southern Mississippi met early in the season at Berkeley with the Golden Bears winning 34-2. The Cal defense did not allow a score, limited Southern Miss to 65 yards rushing and posted seven QB sacks, led by DE Ryan Riddle with three. Bear ROV Donnie McCleskey had a game-high 14 tackles, including two QB sacks. On the offensive side, California rushed for 260 yards with TBs Adimchinobe Echemandu (127) and J.J. Arrington (114) both topping the 100-yard mark. Golden Bear QB Reggie Robertson added two touchdown passes.
Longest overall winning streak - 20 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 14 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 21 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 8 games - USC
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just one regular-season non-conference games remeaining (California at Southern Mississippi), the Pac-10 has recorded a mark of 19-11 (.633) against non-conference foes.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 39 Conference games to date, the home team has won 22 times and the visiting team has won 17 times.
CALIFORNIA: 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. A win this week would give Cal its highest regular-season win total since the 1949 squad went 10-0. . . . With 169 yards rushing vs. Stanford in last game, 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, 2000).
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: USC continues to add to a number of impressive winning streaks. Trojans have won 20 straight overall, second-longest current winning streak in the nation (22, Boise State) and the second-longest in school history. The Trojans' home winning streak is now up to 21 games, a new school record for consecutive home victories. SC also has won 14 straight Conference games and eight straight road games. . . . Trojans have posted third consecutive 10-win season. . . . A win at UCLA this week would give the Trojans a sweep of traditional rivals Notre Dame and UCLA for the third consecutive season. That would be a first for USC. . . . Heisman candidate QB Matt Leinart passed for 400 yards and five TDs vs. Notre Dame last week. Both figures are career highs. . . . TB LenDale White needs 90 yards to hit the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (11.5), total defense (269.5), rushing defense (80.6) and pass efficiency defense (97.0). USC ranks in the top eight nationally in all of those categories. . . . 11-0 mark is USC's best start since the 1972 national championship team finished the season 12-0.
SAGARIN RATINGS: For the ninth 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.
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.