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NEXT UP: Conference play begins in earnest as four Pac-10 games are on tap this week. League action finds ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD, UCLA at WASHINGTON and USC at ARIZONA. OREGON STATE hosts Idaho and OREGON has an open date.








Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
20/18 Arizona State (3-0) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 12:30 PDT Arizona St. leads 13-12
22/20 California (2-1) Berkeley, CA FSN California 27-0 (2004)
 
--/-- Washington State (2-1) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 2:00 PDT Stanford leads 32-23-1
--/-- Stanford (0-3) Stanford, CA Stanford 24-21 (2004)
 
29/28 UCLA (2-0) Husky Stadium (72,500) 4:00 PDT UCLA leads 35-28-2
--/t37 Washington (2-1) Seattle, WA TBS UCLA 21-17 (2005)
 
3/2 USC (2-0) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 5:00 MST USC leads 23-6
--/-- Arizona (2-1) Tucson, AZ ABC USC 42-21 (2005)
 
--/-- Idaho (1-2) Reser Stadium (43,300) 7:00 PDT Oregon State leads 35-7
--/-- Oregon State (1-1) Corvallis, OR FSNNW Oregon State 14-7 (1995)
 
13/12 Oregon (3-0) - open date - next game Sep. 30 at Arizona State


Last Week: Arizona State 21, Colorado 3
Oregon 34, Oklahoma 33
USC 28, Nebraska 10
Washington State 17, Baylor 15
Washington 21, Fresno State 20
Arizona 28, Stephen F. Austin 10
California 42, Portland State 16
Navy 37, Stanford 9

UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:

Date/Time; Game; TV
Sat., Sep. 23
12:30 PDT/MST; Arizona State at California; FSN (national)
4:00 PDT/MST; UCLA at Washington; TBS (national)
5:00 PDT/MST; USC at Arizona; ABC (regional)
7:00 PDT/MST; Idaho at Oregon State; FSNNW (local)

Sat., Sep. 30
12:30 PDT/MST; Oregon at Arizona State; ABC (regional - 12- or six-day selection)
4:00 PDT/MST; USC at Washington State; TBS (national - 12- or six-day selection)
7:15 PDT/MST; Stanford at UCLA; FSN (national - 12- or six-day selection)

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

Week; Offense; Defense; Special Teams
Sep. 2; Ben Olson, QB, UCLA; Keith Rivers, OLB, USC; Nick Folk, PK/P, ARIZ
Sep. 9; Nate Longshore, QB, CAL; J.D. Nelson, FS, ORE; Paul Martinez, PK, ORE
Sep. 16; Dwayne Jarrett, SE, USC; C.J. Wallace, SS, WASH; Loren Langley, PK, WSU

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 23:

ARIZONA STATE (3-0) at CALIFORNIA (2-1) - 12:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and California have met 25 times with the Sun Devils holding a slim 13-12 series edge. The Golden Bears have narrowed the series by winning the last three games. In 10 games at Berkeley, Cal leads 6-4. . . . Last Meeting: California and Arizona State did not meet last year with the most recent game coming at Berkeley in 2004. Both teams were ranked and destined for post-season bowl berths, but the No. 7-ranked Golden Bears excelled on both sides of the ball in handing the Sun Devils a 27-0 shutout. The Cal defense threw the shutout and forced five ASU turnovers, including four fumble recoveries and an interception returned 58 yards for a TD by CB Tim Mixon. On offense, Cal did not commit a turnover and pounded out 234 yards rushing with 188 of them coming from TB J.J. Arrington. Freshman WR Robert Jordan, playing in just his second career game for the Bears, had seven receptions for 116 yards and a TD.

WASHINGTON STATE (2-1) at STANFORD (0-3) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Stanford and Washington State have met 66 times dating to 1936 with the Cardinal holding a 32-23-1 series lead. Stanford has won the last two, following a three-game WSU winning streak. The visiting team has won the last six games in the series. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Washington State met at Pullman with the Cardinal holding off the Cougars for a 24-21 victory that gave Stanford coach Walt Harris his first Pac-10 win. Stanford rushed for 218 yards and Card QB Trent Edwards had a big day in passing for 257 yards and three TDs and leading the team in rushing with 92 yards. Two of his TD strikes went to FL Mark Bradford. Washington State also had a big day on the ground rushing for 246 yards behind the 221-yard effort of RB Jerome Harrison. Cougar QB Alex Brink passed for one TD and rushed for another.

UCLA (2-0) at WASHINGTON (2-1) - 4:00 PDT - TBS national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington have met 65 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins leading the series 35-28-2. UCLA has won the last five and eight of the last nine. UW leads 18-13-1 in games at Seattle, but the Bruins have won the last two meetings at Seattle with the Huskies' last victory in the series coming at home in 2000. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Washington met at the Rose Bowl with the Bruins overcoming a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit to pull out a 21-17 win. UCLA scored the winning TD on a 1-yard run by TB MAurice Drew with 1:08 remaining following a 73-yard drive. QB Drew Olson passed for 287 yards and two TDs. Washington rushed for 213 yards behind the 109-yard effort by TB Louis Rankin.

USC (2-0) at ARIZONA (2-1) - 5:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Arizona have met 29 times with the Trojans dominating the series by a 23-6 count. SC has won the last four and seven of the last nine. The last Wildcat victory came in Los Angeles in 2000 (31-15). USC has won the last two matchups at Tucson with the last UA home victory coming in 1999 (31-24). The Trojans lead 8-3 overall in games at Tucson. . . . Last Year: USC and Arizona met at the L.A. Coliseum and the top-ranked Trojans scored 28 second-half points to finally pull away from the pesky Wildcats 42-21. SC TB LenDale White rushed for four TDs and Trojan QB Matt Leinart connected with WR Dwayne Jarrett for two scores. USC rolled up 724 total yards and had 39 first downs, its most since 1925. All six of the Trojan scoring drives covered 80 yards or more. The numbers all favored SC as the Trojans led in first downs (39-12), total offense (724-245) and rushing yards (337-64). Leinart passed for 360 yards with Jarrett pulling in nine receptions for 116 yards and the two TDs and fellow WR Steve Smith catching seven for 135 yards.

IDAHO (1-2) at OREGON STATE (1-1) - 7:00 PDT - FSN Northwest local cablecast - The Series: Oregon State and Idaho have met 42 times dating to 1913 with the Beavers holding a commanding 35-7 series lead. Only three of the 42 games have been played after 1966 with the most recent meeting coming in 1995. OSU has won the last two games and 15 of the last 16. The exception was a 41-22 Vandal win at Moscow in 1984. OSU leads 23-2 in games played at Corvallis and has won nine in a row at home. The most recent Idaho victory at Corvallis came in 1952 (27-6). It's a return to Corvallis for Idaho coach Dennis Erickson, who served as OSU head coach for four years from 1999-2002 and led the Beavers to three bowl berths. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon State and Idaho opened the 1995 season at Corvallis with the Beavers taking a 14-7 decision. It would prove to be OSU's only victory of the season. OSU scored on the fourth play of the game, but then the contest turned into a defensive struggle. The Beaver defense limited the Vandals to 153 yards total offense (17 rushing, 136 passing) and registered 10 QB sacks. OSU's offense could not muster much more as Idaho limited the Beavs to 10 first downs and 235 yards total offense. The teams combined for 25 punts.

PAC-10 NOTES:

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: After a 7-1 week, the Pac-10 has compiled a mark of 18-7 (.720) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just six regular-season non-conference games remaining, three of those against Notre Dame. The Pac-10 holds a 6-4 edge in games against BCS teams from automatic qualifying conferences. In non-conference matchups where both teams were ranked, the Pac-10 holds a 2-1 advantage.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Of the 26 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 22 times, the visitor just four times.

ARIZONA: Wildcats' 2-1 non-conference mark is its best since 2002. . . . Senior Nick Folk is the only Pac-10 kicker, and one of a handful in the nation, to handle all of his team's kicking chores--kickoffs, field goals, PATs and punting. And he does it all well. Folk has hit on 4-of-6 field goal attempts, converted all five of his PATs, is second in the Conference in punting at 47.3 yards per boot (7th nationally) and 10 of his 12 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks. . . . Arizona awarded walk-on junior college transfer RB Chris Jennings a scholarship last week. He responded by rushing for 201 yards and a pair of TDs in his first start. . . . WR Syndric Steptoe has at least one reception in 20 straight games. . . . Wildcats are a perfect 4-for-4 on fourth-down conversion attempts this year.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils have the longest current winning streak among Pac-10 teams at five games. . . . ASU's next three games--at California, vs. Oregon, at USC--come against the other three league teams ranked in the polls with the Devils. . . . ASU has won five of its last seven road games. . . . ASU defense has posted 18 QB sacks in first three games after getting only 22 all of last season. That leads the nation and is almost double the total of current Pac-10 sack runnerup WSU, which has recorded 10. OLB Derron Ware leads the Devils and the Pac-10 with four. . . . Sun Devil defense has not allowed a rushing touchdown this year. . . . ASU is outscoring opponents 49-7 in the second half. . . . QB Rudy Carpenter is 7-1 as Devils' starting QB. . . . TD reception at Colorado by TE Zach Miller gives him 12 for his career, most ever by an ASU tight end.

CALIFORNIA: QB Nate Longshore has six TD passes and just one interception over last two games. . . . WR DeSean Jackson is averaging 101.3 receiving yards per game and has been over the 100-yard receiving mark the last two weeks. He has scored a TD in five consecutive games. His five TD catches this year leads the Pac-10. . . . Nursing a tender ankle, TB Marshawn Lynch carried the ball just six times last week vs. Portland State, but averaged 18.7 yards per carry in rushing for 112 yards and a TD. . . . All-Pac-10 CB Daymeion Hughes has three interceptions the last two weeks and 10 for his career. . . . Opponents have returned only four of P Andrew Larson's punts and five of his 12 boots have been downed inside the 20-yard line.

OREGON: Oregon-Oklahoma game attracted 59,269 fans, an Autzen Stadium record and the largest crowd ever to witness a football game in the state of Oregon. . . . Duck TB Jonathan Stewart was outgained by his heralded Sooner counterpart Adrian Peterson 211-144. But each scored one TD and had comparable rushing averages--6.3 per rush for Stewart, 6.2 per carry for Peterson. . . . With 375 yards total offense vs. Oklahoma, QB Dennis Dixon took over the Pac-10 lead at an even 300.0 yards per game (sixth in nation). . . . Ducks allowed only 20 QB sacks last year in 12 games. This year it is even better as UO has given up only one sack in first three games. It's a good thing to have all your starters return to the O-Line.

OREGON STATE: Beavers open a three-game homestand with Idaho this week. California and Washington State follow the Vandals into Corvallis. . . . WR/PR Sammie Stroughter returned a punt 64 yards for a TD at Boise State in last game, the second straight week he returned a punt for a score. The Pac-10 season record for most punts returned for a touchdown is three by seven different players, most recently UCLA's Maurice Drew last year. Stroughter currently leads the nation in punt returns at 31.4 yards per. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard has averaged 132.0 yards per game over his last 10 games. . . . Beavers are outscoring opponents 35-7 in the first quarter. . . . TE Joe Newton appears to be all the way back from the leg injury that cost him the 2005 season. Newton has eight receptions in first two games, three of them for touchdowns. . . . Opponents have averaged just 112.5 yards passing against OSU and the Beavs have allowed just one TD pass.

STANFORD: Banged-up Cardinal did get some good news in senior LB Michael Okwo returning to the lineup vs. Navy after missing the first two games with a broken thumb. Okwo posted 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss. . . . S Trevor Hooper (9.7), CB Brandon Harrison (9.3) and LB Clinton Snyder (8.3) all rank in the top six in the Pac-10 in tackles. . . . Five of Stanford's seven touchdowns have come through the air. . . . Cardinal is least penalized team in the league. Stanford is averaging just four flags for 26.3 yards per game. . . . QB Trent Edwards is completing 63% of his passes with just two picks to go against five TDs. His 258.3 yards per game total offense ranks fourth in the Pac-10.

UCLA: Bruins are 3-0 in Pac-10 openers under coach Karl Dorrell with each win coming against Washington. . . . QB Ben Olson has completed 73% of his passes (38-52) with five TDs and just one interception in his first two games running the Bruin offense. . . . All five of UCLA's offensive TDs have come through the air. . . . UCLA run defense allowing just 82.5 yards per game after giving up 232.8 yards per game in '05. Overall, UCLA defense allowing 235.5 yards per game as opposed to 468.1 last year. More defense--opponents in first two games have converted just 2-of-24 third-down conversion attempts. Opponents have rushed for just one TD in two games. . . . On the other side of the ball, UCLA rushed for 277 yards vs. Rice with TBs Chris Markey (208) and Kahlil Bell (102) both topping the 100-yard mark. Markey and Bell have each topped the 100-yard mark in two of their last three games, having also done it in the Sun Bowl to finish off the 2005 season.

USC: Trojans seek to extend their ongoing Pac-10 record for consecutive Conference victories with league opener at Arizona this week. USC has won its last 23 Conference games dating back to 2003. Included are 11 straight Pac-10 road wins. SC has won 36 of its last 37 games overall. . . . Trojans have been ranked in the AP Top 10 for the past 48 games. . . . QB John David Booty has been superb as starting QB in first two games. His numbers vs. Arkansas and Nebraska were almost identical and he has two-game totals of 49-of-71 (.690) for 518 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs. . . . All-America SE Dwayne Jarrett had two TD receptions vs. Nebraska to become USC's career TD reception leader with 31. That's just one shy of the Pac-10 career record of 32 held by Stanford's Ken Margerum (1977-80). . . . Trojans hold 6-0 turnover advantage after two games. That leads the nation.

WASHINGTON: In Oklahoma game two weeks ago, P Sean Douglas became the first player in league history to have two 80-yard punts in the same game has he posted boots of 82 and 81 yards. In fact, he is only the second player in Conference history to have two 80-yard punts in his career (Gavin Hendrick, WSU, 1975-77). Douglas leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the nation in punting at 48.8 yards per boot. . . . Huskies are averaging a Pac-10-leading 210.7 yards per game rushing, 75 yards ahead of last season's average of 135.2 yards per game. UW's 5.4 yards per rush ranks second in the Pac-10. . . . Huskies have allowed just two QB sacks in three games. . . . Isaiah Stanback is the only quarterback in the league ranked in the top 10 in rushing. Stanback stands seventh in the Pac-10 at 70.3 yards per game and a per carry average of 5.1 yards, remarkable for a QB.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars are playing their fourth game in four different stadiums so far this year (road games at Auburn and Stanford, at home to Idaho and a game at Seattle vs. Baylor last week). . . . With a TD reception vs. Baylor, SE Jason Hill extended his WSU career record to 27 TD receptions, which moved him into a tie for seventh on the Pac-10 list. Hill also is just 166 yards short of Hugh Campbell's (1960-62) WSU-record 2,452 career receiving yards. . . . WSU limited Baylor to minus-10 yards rushing, the first time the Cougs have limited an opponent to negative rushing yards since 2002 (-17 by Arizona). . . . QB Alex Brink has four TD passes, one TD run and one TD reception. . . . WSU defense has allowed just two TD passes this season.

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Sep. 30:

Oregon at Arizona State, 12:30 MST/PDT (ABC)
California at Oregon State, 1:00 PDT
USC at Washington State, 4:00 PDT (TBS)
Washington at Arizona, 7:00 MST
Stanford at UCLA, 7:15 PDT (FSN)

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