This Week in Pac-10 Football

Nov. 27, 2006

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NEXT UP: Just three games remain in the regular season with STANFORD at CALIFORNIA in the Big Game, USC at UCLA and OREGON STATE closing the season at Hawai'i. Here's a look at the regular season finales on Sat., Dec. 2: (Note: Ranking is the AP Media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll):




Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Year
--/--/-- Stanford (1-10) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 12:00 PT Stanford leads 54-43-11
21/20/21 California (8-3) Berkeley, CA FSN California 27-3
 
2/2/2 USC (10-1) Rose Bowl (91,500) 1:30 PT USC leads 41-27-7
--/--/-- UCLA (6-5) Pasadena, CA ABC USC 66-19
 
28/28/29 Oregon State (8-4) Aloha Stadium (50,000) 9:00 PT Series tied 3-3
24/23/23 Hawai'i (10-2) Honolulu, HI ESPN2 Hawai'i 23-17


Last Week: Oregon State 30, Oregon 28
Arizona State 28, Arizona 14
USC 44, Notre Dame 24

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP FOR USC: USC has 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. USC is ranked second in the current BCS rankings.

OTHER BOWLERS: In addition to USC, California, Oregon State, Oregon and Arizona State have all clinched winning records with seven or more wins and will participate in the Pac-10 bowl mix. UCLA also has a shot at a seventh win if it can manage to get by USC to close the season. In addition, Arizona and 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.

PAC-10 BOWL ARRANGEMENTS - 2006-07: The Pac-10 has contractual arrangements to send six teams to post-season bowl games. With the NCAA going to a 12-game regular season, teams are eligible to participate in a bowl game with which their league has a contractual agreement with a 6-6 or better record. Note that teams with winning records must be accommodated before teams with 6-6 records. Following is the Pac-10 bowl lineup for 2006-07:

Bowl Site Matchup Date TV
Rose Bowl presented by Citi Pasadena Pac-10 champ vs. Big Ten Mon., Jan. 1 ABC
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl San Diego Pac-10 #2 vs. Big 12 Thu., Dec. 28 ESPN
Brut Sun Bowl El Paso Pac-10 #3 vs. Big 12/BE/ND Fri., Dec. 29 CBS
Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas Pac-10 #4 or #5 vs. MWC Thu., Dec. 21 ESPN
Emerald Bowl San Francisco Pac-10 #4 or #5 vs. ACC Wed., Dec. 27 ESPN
Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Honolulu Pac-10 #6 vs. WAC Sun., Dec. 24 ESPN

ROSE BOWL/BCS CREDENTIALS: Media credential requests for the BCS bowl games, including the Rose Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game, are now being accepted online. The web address: http://www.sportssystems.com/bcs

UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE--REMAINING REGULAR SEASON:

Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Dec. 2
12:00 PT/1:00 MT Stanford at California FSN (national)
1:30 PT/2:30 MT USC at UCLA ABC (national)
8:00 PT/9:00 MT Oregon State at Hawai'i ESPN2 (national)

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., DEC. 2:

STANFORD (1-10) at CALIFORNIA (8-3) - The Big Game - 12:00 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: California and Stanford hook up in the 108th renewal of the Big Game, the oldest college football series on the West Coast. The teams first met in 1892 and the series is uninterrupted since 1946 with Stanford leading 54-43-11. California has won the last four Big Games, which snapped a seven-game Stanford winning streak from 1995-2001. A Cal win would equal the Golden Bears' longest win streak in the long series. Fifty of the 108 Big Games have been determined by a touchdown or less. . . . Stanford coach Walt Harris has seen both sides of the Big Game, having been linebackers coach at California from 1974-77. . . . Last Year: California and Stanford met at Palo Alto with the Golden Bears taking a 27-3 win due largely to a sturdy defensive effort. Cal held Stanford without a touchdown for the second consecutive year and limited the Cardinal to just 16 yards rushing and 244 yards total offense. The Bear defense racked up nine quarterback sacks for minus-70 yards with LB Mickey Pimentel earning Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors for leading the charge. TB Marshawn Lynch provided much of the California offense in rushing for 123 yards and a TD.

USC (10-1) at UCLA (6-5) - 1:30 PT - ABC national telecast - The Series: USC and UCLA have met 76 times and at least once a year every year since 1936. The teams play for the Victory Bell and the Trojans lead the series 41-27-7. USC has won the last seven meetings, which snapped an eight-game UCLA winning streak from 1991-98. That eight-game winning streak is the longest by either team in the series, so the Trojans will be shooting to equal it. All of the games used to be played in the L.A. Coliseum until UCLA moved its home games to the Rose Bowl in 1982. In 12 games played at Pasadena since then, UCLA leads 7-5, although SC has won the last three. USC has entered the game ranked either first or second in the country the last three years. . . . Last Year: Top-ranked USC (10-0) and No. 11 UCLA (9-1) closed the regular season in front of 92,000 fans at the Coliseum and the Trojans clinched a berth in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl with a 66-19 thumping of the Bruins. SC's 66 points were the second-most ever scored in the series. Trojan TB Reggie Bush put the final touches on a Heisman Trophy regular season by rushing for 260 yards and two TDs. Matt Leinart passed for three touchdowns and the Trojans scored on 10 of 15 possessions and never punted. In all, USC put up 679 yards total offense, including 448 yards rushing.

OREGON STATE (8-4) at HAWAI'I (10-2) - 7:00 HT/9:00 PT - ESPN2 national cablecast - The Series: Oregon State and Hawai'i have met six times and have split the games 3-3. All of the games have been played in Honolulu with three of them being post-season bowl games. Hawai'i has won the last two meetings with the last OSU victory coming in 1976 (56-0). . . . Last Meeting: Oregon State and Hawai'i last met in the now-defunct O'ahu Bowl following the 1999 season. It was the first post-season bowl game for OSU since the 1964 season, but the Beavers of first-year coach Dennis Erickson fell to the homestanding Rainbow Warriors 23-17. TB Ken Simonton was named OSU's outstanding player of the game for rushing for 157 yards and two TDs

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 4 games - USC Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 33 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Arizona

PAC-10 NOTES:

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar mark of 21-9 (.700) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just one regular-season non-conference games remaining--Oregon State at Hawai'i this week. The Pac-10 is 7-6 in games against BCS teams from automatic qualifying conferences. In non-conference matchups where both teams were ranked, the Pac-10 holds a 3-1 advantage.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??: Home teams are just 22-21 in Conference play this year.

ARIZONA: Regular season concluded.

ARIZONA STATE: Regular season concluded.

CALIFORNIA: TB Marshawn 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 (5.5 - 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. . . . QB Nate Longshore (along with QB John David Booty of USC) has been named one of 11 finalists for the Manning Award to be presented to the nation's best college quarterback.

OREGON: Regular season concluded.

OREGON STATE: The OSU at Hawai'i game this week is the very last game of the 2006 college football regular season. . . . In 30-28 Civil War win against Oregon, DT Ben Siegert became the first player in OSU history to block two kicks in one game. He blocked a PAT attempt early in the fourth quarter then blocked a 44-yard Duck field goal attempt with six seconds left in the game to preserve the Beaver win. . . . In that same game, PK Alexis Serna kicked three field goals of 40 or more yards, including the game winner from 40 yards out with 1:12 remaining. Serna also extended his OSU record for consecutive PATs made to 97. . . . Siegert and Serna were named defensive and special team players of the week for their Civil War heroics. . . . QB Matt Moore has the nation's longest current string of passes thrown without an interception. He is at 117 and counting.

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. . . . As a team, UCLA has more than doubled up opponents in QB sacks. The Bruins have recorded 37 QB sacks in 11 games, while allowing only 17.

USC: QB John David Booty (along with QB Nate Longshore of Cal) has been named one of 11 finalists for the Manning Award to be presented to the nation's best college quarterback. . . . USC's non-conference wins this season all came against teams currently in the top 20 in the BCS rankings--No. 9 Arkansas, No. 10 Notre Dame and No. 20 Nebraska. . . . All-America SE Dwayne Jarrett extended his Pac-10 record for career TD passes to 39 with three scoring grabs against Notre Dame (see chart below). With 201 career receptions, Jarrett needs just six catches to equal the Trojan career record of 207 by Keary Colbert. . . . USC is 19-0 in November under coach Pete Carroll. . . . USC broke its own Pac-10 record for both total and average home attendance this season. The Trojans played in front of 548,880 at the Coliseum, an average of 91,480 per game.

WASHINGTON: Season concluded.

WASHINGTON STATE: Regular season concluded.

PAC-10 CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION LIST:

1. 39 Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2004-06
2. 32 Jason Hill, Washington State, 2003-06
32 Ken Margerum, Stanford, 1977-1980

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. 25:

Games utilizing instant replay: 62
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 97
Number of reversals: 35
Number of coaches challenges: 10
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 3
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.6
Average length of review: 2:03
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 242

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