This Week in Pac-10 Football

Dec. 5, 2005

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TROJANS CLAIM PAC-10 TITLE AND ROSE BOWL BERTH: USC has claimed its fourth consecutive Pac-10 crown and will take its No. 1 ranking into the BCS National Championship Game against Texas in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans will be seeking an unprecedented third consecutive National Championship. In addition to USC, four other Pac-10 teams have earned bowl berths.

PAC-10 BOWL PICTURE:


Date Time TV Bowl Game Opponents
Dec. 22 5:00 p.m. ESPN Pioneer Pure Vision Las Vegas Bowl California (7-4) vs. BYU (6-5)
Dec. 27 5:30 p.m. ESPN Insight Bowl Arizona State (6-5) vs. Rutgers (7-4)
Dec. 29 5:00 p.m. ESPN Pacific Life Holiday Bowl Oregon (10-1) vs. Oklahoma (7-4)
Dec. 30 11:00 a.m. CBS Vitalis Sun Bowl UCLA (9-2) vs. Northwestern (7-4)
Jan. 4 5:00 p.m. ABC Rose Bowl National Championship USC (12-0) vs. Texas (12-0)

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams in the top 20 in the polls and BCS standings as the regular season has concluded. Two-time defending National Champion USC remains ranked No. 1 in the polls. The Trojans have been No. 1 for a record 33 straight weeks in the AP poll dating back to late in the 2003 season. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media), USA Today (coaches) and Harris Interactive polls, plus the BCS standings:

Team AP USA Harris BCS
USC (12-0) 1 1 1 1
Oregon (10-1) 6 5 6 5
UCLA (9-1) 17 17 17 16
California (7-4) 31 t36 28 --

PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information can be found online by pointing your browser to www.pac-10.org.

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 34 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 23 games* - USC
Longest home winning streak - 27 games* - USC
Longest road winning streak - 15 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

YEAR OF THE OFFENSE: In 40 league games this season, the winning team scored more than 40 points 20 times.

PAC-10 BOWL GAME PARTICIPANTS

ROSE BOWL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: USC (12-0) vs. TEXAS (12-0)
Date/Time: Wed., Jan. 4, 5:00 p.m. PT
Site: Pasadena
TV: ABC
USC Overall Bowl Record: 28-15
USC Record in the Rose Bowl: 21-8
USC Record vs. Texas: 4-0
Last Meeting: USC 17, Texas 13 (1967)

PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL: OREGON (10-1) vs. OKLAHOMA (7-4)
Date/Time: Thur., Dec. 29, 5:00 p.m. PT
Site: San Diego
TV: ESPN
Oregon Overall Bowl Record: 7-11
Oregon Record in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl: 1-0
Oregon Record vs. Oklahoma: 0-5
Last Meeting: Oklahoma 31, Oregon 7 (2004)

VITALIS SUN BOWL: UCLA (9-2) vs. NORTHWESTERN (7-4)
Date/Time: Fri., Dec. 30, 12:00 noon MT/11:00 a.m. PT
Site: El Paso
TV: CBS
UCLA Overall Bowl Record: 12-13-1
UCLA Record in the Vitalis Sun Bowl: 0-1
UCLA Record vs. Northwestern: 2-3
Last Meeting: UCLA 12, Northwestern 7 (1970)

PIONEER PUREVISION LAS VEGAS BOWL: CALIFORNIA (7-4) vs. BYU (6-5)
Date/Time: Thur., Dec. 22, 5:00 p.m.
Site: Las Vegas
TV: ESPN
California Overall Bowl Record: 6-8-1
California Record in the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl: 0-0
California Record vs. BYU: 0-2
Last Meeting: BYU 44, California 16 (2001)

INSIGHT BOWL: ARIZONA STATE (6-5) vs. RUTGERS (7-4)
Date/Time: Tue., Dec. 27, 6:30 p.m. MT/5:30 p.m. PT
Site: Phoenix
TV: ESPN
Arizona State Overall Bowl Record: 11-9-1
Arizona State Record in the Insight Bowl: 0-0
Arizona State Record vs. Rutgers: 1-0
Last Meeting: Arizona State 34, Rutgers 18 (1978 Garden State Bowl)

INSTANT REPLAY: Like most of the other Division IA conferences, the Pac-10 utilized instant replay this season. Replay was used for all Conference games and most non-conference games played at Pac-10 sites. The replay teams consist of three persons--the replay official, a replay assistant or communicator, and a replay technician. The replay officials and replay assistants are all former Pac-10 football officials. The instant replay team will review video from the television production of the game (or video board production in the event a game is not televised), and the standard to change an on-field officiating decision will be indisputable video evidence. The Pac-10 systemvaries from that used in the NFL in a couple of significant ways. Only the replay official in the press box may stop play for a review (no coach's challenge), and the replay official, as opposed to the referee, will make the final decision to change or not change an on-field decision. Following is a summary of instant replay in the Pac-10 in 2005:

Games utilizing instant replay: 60
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 74
Number of reversals: 27
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.2
Average length of review: 2:04
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 327

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