This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 20, 2006
NEXT UP: Just three games on the schedule this Thanksgiving weekend, followed by three more on Dec. 2 to conclude the regular season. OREGON and OREGON STATE hook up in the Civil War in Corvallis on Fri., Nov. 24, with ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA and Notre Dame at USC on Sat., Nov. 25. Here's a look at this week's schedule: (Note: Ranking is the AP Media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll):
|Ranking||Game - Fri., Nov. 24||Site||Time/TV||Series/Last Year|
|--/--/32||Oregon (7-4)||Reser Stadium (43,300)||12:30 PT||Oregon leads 55-44-10|
|t31/30/--||Oregon State (7-4)||Corvallis, OR||FSN||Oregon 56-14|
|Ranking||Game - Sat., Nov. 25||Site||Time/TV||Series/Last Year|
|--/--/--||Arizona State (6-5)||Arizona Stadium (56,002)||4:00 MT||Arizona leads 44-34-1|
|t31/t33/31||Arizona (6-5)||Tucson, AZ||FSN||Arizona State 23-20|
|6/6/5||Notre Dame (10-1)||Memorial Coliseum (92,000)||5:00 PT||Notre Dame leads 42-30-5|
|3/2/2||USC (9-1)||Los Angeles, CA||ABC||USC 34-31|
|Last Week:||USC 23, California 9
Arizona 37, Oregon 10
UCLA 24, Arizona State 12
Washington 35, Washington State 32
Oregon State 30, Stanford 7
PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR USC: With its showdown 23-9 win against California, USC clinched at least a Pac-10 co-championship and the Conference's automatic berth in the BCS/Rose Bowl. It marks a record fifth straight year the Trojans have claimed at least a share of the Conference title. USC will play in the Rose Bowl unless ranked in the top two in the final BCS rankings released Dec. 3, in which case the Trojans would play in the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz.
OTHER BOWLERS: In addition to USC, California, Oregon State and Oregon have all clinched winning records with seven or more wins and will participate in the Pac-10 bowl mix. The winner of the Arizona-Arizona State game this week will pick up its seventh win and join them. UCLA also has a shot at a seventh win if it can manage to get by USC to close the season. In addition, the loser of the Arizona-Arizona State game, Washington State and UCLA, if it loses to USC, will close the regular season with 6-6 records. A 6-6 team can participate in a bowl game if needed to fill out a conference's contractual bowl obligations. To participate in a bowl in which its conference does not have a contract, all bowl eligible teams with winning records must first be accommodated with a bowl berth before a 6-6 team may be considered for an open berth. A reminder that the Pac-10 has tie-breaking procedures only for the championship. If ties occur at other points in the standings, the bowl with selection rights for that slot may choose among the tied teams.
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE--REMAINING REGULAR SEASON:
Date/Time Game TV
Fri., Nov. 24
12:30 PT/1:30 MT Oregon at Oregon State FSN (national)
Sat., Nov. 25
3:00 PT/4:00 MT Arizona State at Arizona FSN (national)
5:00 PT/6:00 MT Notre Dame at USC ABC (national)
Sat., Dec. 2
12:00 PT/1:00 MT Stanford at California FSN (national)
1:30 PT/2:30 MT USC at UCLA ABC (TBA)
8:00 PT/9:00 MT Oregon State at Hawai'i ESPN2 (national)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF NOV. 24 & 25:
OREGON (7-4) at OREGON STATE (7-4) - The Civil War - Fri., Nov. 24 - 12:30 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Oregon State hook up for the 110th renewal of the Civil War, the longest college football series on the West Coast in terms of games played. The teams first met in 1894 and the Ducks lead the series 55-44-10. The teams have alternated victories the last nine years with each holding serve on its home field. Oregon State has won four straight at home in the series with the Ducks' last victory in Corvallis coming in 1996 (49-13). . . . Last Year: Oregon and Oregon State met at Eugene and the No. 10-ranked Ducks scored 14 points in each quarter in rolling to a 56-14 win. The 56 points scored by the Ducks were the most ever by either team in Civil War history. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon tossed three TD passes and freshman TB Jonathan Stewart scored two TDs, one on a 97-yard kickoff return. The UO defense picked off four OSU passes. A bright spot for the Beavers was TB Yvenson Bernard, who rushed for 128 yards and a TD.
ARIZONA STATE (6-5) at ARIZONA (6-5) - Sat., Nov. 25 - 4:00 MT/3:00 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: 80th renewal of the Duel in the Desert between Arizona and Arizona State. The teams play for the Territorial Cup. UA and ASU have been playing since 1899 with Arizona leading the series 44-34-1. The Sun Devils have won five of the last seven. In 44 games at Tucson, Arizona leads 28-16, including a 34-27 win in the most recent Tucson meeting in 2004. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Arizona State met at Tempe with the Sun Devils earning bowl eligibility with a 23-20 win. Arizona led 20-5 in the third quarter, but ASU mounted a late charge. The Sun Devils tied the game on a 71-yard punt return for a TD by Terry Richardson, and won it on a short field goal by Jesse Ainsworth as time expired.
NOTRE DAME (10-1) at USC (9-1) - Sat., Nov. 25 - 5:00 PT - ABC national telecast - The Series: USC and Notre Dame meet for the 78th time in the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. The series dates to the days of Knute Rockne and Howard Jones as the teams first met in 1926 and have met every year since 1946. Notre Dame leads the series 42-30-5, but USC has won the last four. The Trojans have won the last two and four of the last five played in Los Angeles with the lone Irish victory in that span coming in 2000 (38-21). . . . Last Year: Top-ranked USC and No. 9 Notre Dame met at South Bend with the Trojans pulling out an improbable 34-31 win when QB Matt Leinart twisted into the end zone from one yard out with three seconds left in the game. It capped a game that saw four fourth-quarter lead changes. For USC, Reggie Bush rushed for three TDs, Leinart passed for 301 yards and WR Dwayne Jarrett had four receptions for 101 yards, including a key fourth-down 61-yard reception on the game-winning drive. For Notre Dame, QB Brady Quinn passed for 264 yards and a TD and rushed for another score, WR Jeff Smardzija had six receptions for 99 yards and a TD and Tom Zbikowski had a 60-yard punt return for a score.
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
Sep. 23 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Mkristo Bruce, DE, WSU Sean Douglas, P, WASH
Sep. 30 Steve Smith, WR, USC Scott White, OLB, WASH Tom Schneider, PK, CAL
Oct. 7 Justin Forsett, RB, CAL Scott Davis, OLB, WSU Mario Danelo, PK, USC
Oct. 14 Sammie Stroughter, WR, OSU Derrick Doggett, OLB, OSU Alexis Serna, PK, OSU
Oct. 21 Marshawn Lynch, RB, CAL Eric Frampton, SS, WSU Darryl Blunt, P, WSU
Oct. 28 Alex Brink, QB, WSU Josh Barrett, S, ASU Sammie Stroughter, PR, OSU
Nov. 4 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ DeSean Jackson, PR, CAL
Nov. 11 Richard Sherman, WR, STAN Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASU
Nov. 18 Chris Henry, RB, ARIZ Chris Horton, SS, UCLA Nick Folk, PK/P, ARIZ
Longest overall winning streak - 3 games - Arizona and USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 3 games - Arizona and USC
Longest home winning streak - 32 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Arizona
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar mark of 20-9 (.690) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just two regular-season non-conference games remaining (Notre Dame at USC, Oregon State at Hawai'i). The Pac-10 is even at 6-6 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.
ARIZONA: A win against Arizona State would give the Wildcats is first four-game winning streak since 2000 and first four-game Pac-10 winning streak since 1998, which is the last time the Cats had a winning season. . . . Wildcat defense limited last two opponents--Cal and Oregon--to one touchdown each. . . . Arizona defense has seven interceptions in the last two games. . . . RB Chris Henry has rushed for two TDs in each of last three games. He rushed for 191 yards and two TDs plus had a TD reception in upset win at Oregon. . . . Arizona has lost only four fumbles in 11 games and a Wildcat running back has not lost a fumble all season.
ARIZONA STATE: TE Zach Miller has been named one of eight semi-finalists for the John Mackey Award given annually to the nation's top tight end. . . . Sun Devils have held last two opponents under 100 yards rushing. . . . ASU defense is allowing an average of only 8.6 points in the second half of games this season. . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth has connected on eight straight field goal attempts, hitting four three-pointers in each of the last two games. He has become just the third Sun Devil player to score 300 career points.
CALIFORNIA: TB Marshawn Lynch has been named on of 10 semi-finalists for the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back. Lynch has scored 33 touchdowns in 33 career games. . . . Among Pac-10 backs with at least 100 carries this year, Lynch's average of 6.3 yards per carry is almost a full yard more than his closest competitor (5.4 - Oregon's Jonathan Stewart). . . . WR/PR DeSean Jackson has scored 21 career TDs in 22 games played. Included are five punt returns for touchdowns in only 24 career punt returns. . . . Lynch and Jackson are Pac-10 co-leaders in touchdowns scored this season with 13 each. . . . PK Tom Schneider is 10-10 on field goal attempts inside 50 yards.
OREGON: Ducks lead the Pac-10 in rushing offense by a full 30 yards per game. UO is averaging 192.9 yards per game on the ground. Runnerup Arizona State is at 162.8. Ducks last led the league in rushing in 1955. Oregon has 23 rushing TDs, tops in the Pac-10. . . . Considering above, its probably not a surprise the Ducks are the only team in the Pac-10 to have two players in the top 10 in the league in rushing--TBs Jonathan Stewart (866 yards) and Jeremiah Johnson (582). Between them, Stewart and Johnson average 131.6 yards per game and 5.8 yards per carry. . . . Ducks also lead the league in total offense at 437.7 yards per game and rank second in scoring offense (31.5).
OREGON STATE: TE Joe Newton has been named one of eight semi-finalists for the John Mackey Award given annually to the nation's top tight end. . . . QB Matt Moore has the longest active streak in the nation for pass attempts without an interception with 117. That includes no picks in the last four games. . . . After losing four fumbles at UCLA two weeks ago, Beavers played turnover-free game at Stanford. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive year after rushing for a season-high 168 yards at Stanford. The junior is fourth on the OSU career rushing list. . . . PK Alexis Serna has converted 94 straight PATs. He needs just nine points to move into second place on OSU's career scoring list.
STANFORD: Freshman WR Richard Sherman is making an impact. He has led the Cardinal in receiving the last two games, combining for 11 receptions for 267 yards (24.3-yard average) and one TD. . . . LB Michael Okwo leads the Pac-10 in averaging 9.6 tackles per game. He combines with S Trevor Hooper (7.6) and LB Clinton Snyder (7.3) to make Stanford the only Pac-10 team with three players ranked in the top 10 in tackles. . . . Stanford defense has improved considerably in second half of the season. To the tune of 140 yards per game. The Cardinal gave up an average of 455 yards per game in the first six contests. That number improves to 315 yards per game in the last five.
UCLA: Bruin defense has not allowed a touchdown for six straight quarters and has given up only one TD in last two games (Oregon State and Arizona State). Bruins also have held each of last two opponents under 265 yards total offense. . . . DE Justin Hickman recorded a sack at Arizona State to raise his Pac-10-leading total to 12.5. It was one of five sacks for the Bruin defense. Hickman also leads the league in tackles for loss with 18.5. . . . His fellow DE Bruce Davis ranks second in the Pac-10 in both categories with 11.5 sacks and 16 TFLs.
USC: USC has extended its home winning streak to 32. . . . Trojans also are 19-0 in November under coach Pete Carroll. . . . In game vs. California, SC offense had no turnovers and did not allow a QB sack. . . . USC has been ranked in the AP top 10 for its past 56 games. . . . USC's five consecutive Conference championships (includes co-championships) is a league record. California (1920-23) and USC (1966-69) had won four straight. . . . WR's Dwayne Jarrett (193) and Steve Smith (174) stand fourth and sixth, respectively, on USC's career receiving list. Jarrett is just 14 catches shy of the Trojan career record of 207 receptions (Keary Colbert).
WASHINGTON: Season concluded.
WASHINGTON STATE: Regular season concluded.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??: Home teams are just 21-20 in Conference play this year.
INSTANT REPLAY: The Pac-10 is in year two of instant replay and this season all Division I-A conferences have agreed to utilize a uniform system of replay. Therefore, all games involving Pac-10 teams this season will have instant replay in place. One significant change from a year ago is a coaches challenge element. Each coach will be allowed to challenge the on-field ruling one time per game. The coach must have a team time out available to challenge a ruling. After review, if the call on the field is reversed, the team time out shall be restored. If the on-field ruling is not reversed, the time out counts as one of the three permitted the team that half. Following is a summary of instant replay in the Pac-10 through the games of Nov. 18:
Games utilizing instant replay: 59
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 90
Number of reversals: 33
Number of coaches challenges: 8
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 3
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:05
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 230
ALL-PAC-10: The All-Pac-10 Football Team, selected by the Conference head football coaches, will be announced on the afternoon of Monday, December 27.