This Week in Pac-10 Football

Sept. 17, 2007

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THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL: The bulk of the non-conference schedule has been completed and Pac-10 teams now turn to league play beginning with a full slate of five conference games this week. Pac-10 action finds ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON STATE at USC, OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, OREGON at STANFORD and WASHINGTON at UCLA. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Sep. 22 (ranking is the AP media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll):

Ranking Games 			Site			Time/TV 	Series/Last Year--/-- 	Arizona (1-2) 		Memorial Stadium 	3:00 PDT 	Series tied 12-12-26/8 	California (3-0) 	Berkeley, CA 		Versus 		Arizona 24-20

--/-- Washington State (2-1) Memorial Coliseum 5:00 PDT USC leads 54-8-41/1 USC (2-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC USC 28-22

--/-- Oregon State (2-1) Sun Devil Stadium 7:00 MST ASU leads 23-9-128/30 Arizona State (3-0) Tempe, AZ Oregon State 44-10

13/13 Oregon (3-0) Stanford Stadium 7:00 PDT Stanford leads 43-26-1--/-- Stanford (1-1) Stanford, CA Oregon 48-10

36/t37 Washington (2-1) Rose Bowl 7:15 PDT UCLA leads 35-29-230/29 UCLA (2-1) Pasadena, CA FSN Washington 29-19

LAST WEEK:
California 42, Louisiana Tech 12
Stanford 37, San Jose State 0
Oregon State 61, Idaho State 10
Washington State 45, Idaho 28
Oregon 52, Fresno State 21
Ohio State 33, Washington 14
USC 49, Nebraska 31
Utah 44, UCLA 6
Arizona State 34, San Diego State 13
New Mexico 29, Arizona 27

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 22:
ARIZONA (1-2) at CALIFORNIA (3-0) - 3:00 PDT/MST - Versus national cablecast
- The Series:Arizona and California have met 26 times and have split those meetings right down the middle at 12-12-2. And that even split applies to both venues with the teams being 6-6-2 in 14 previous games atBerkeley. The Wildcats won last year to snap a three-game Golden Bear winning streak in the series.Cal has won the last two games played at Berkeley. . . . Last Year: Arizona and California met late inthe season at Tucson and the Wildcats upset the 8-1 Golden Bears 24-20, snapping an eight-game Calwin streak in the process. The No. 8-ranked Bears had forged a 17-3 halftime lead with electrifyingDeSean Jackson scoring TDs on a 95-yard punt return and a 62-yard reception from QB Nate Longshore.But the Cats fought back to even the score in the second half and then took the lead for good when All-Pac-10 CB Antoine Cason picked off a pass and returned it 39 yards for a score. It was one of threeinterceptions for the Wildcats, who played turnover-free ball themselves. Jackson ended up with sixreceptions for 131 yards (21.8) and the two long scores for Cal.

WASHINGTON STATE (2-1) at USC (2-0) - 5:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC andWashington State have met 66 times dating to 1921 with the Trojans dominating the series by a 54-8-4count. However, three of those eight Cougar wins have come in the last nine meetings of the series. TheTrojans have won the last four meetings with the last Coug victory coming at Pullman in 2002 (30-27OT). USC leads 36-4-2 in games played in Los Angeles with WSU's last L.A. win coming in 2000 (33-27).. . . Last Year: USC and Washington State met early in the Conference season at Pullman and foughttoe-to-toe with the No. 3-ranked Trojans hanging on for a 28-22 victory. The games stats were nearlyeven and both teams got good pass-and-catch performances from their QBs and wideouts. For SC, QBJohn David Booty passed for 269 yards and three TDs, with WR Steve Smith pulling in a career-high11 receptions for 186 yards and three scores. On the WSU side, QB Alex Brink passed for 287 yards andtwo TDs, with WR Michael Bumpus also going for a career high with 11 receptions for 112 yards. Bootyand Brink would go on to be named first-team and second-team All-Pac-10 quarterbacks, respectively,at the end of the year.

OREGON STATE (2-1) at ARIZONA STATE (3-0) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona State andOregon State have met 33 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 23-9-1. The teams have splitthe last four meetings, which snapped a seven-game ASU winning streak in the series. In 20 gamesplayed at Tempe, the Devils hold a pronounced 17-3 advantage and have won the last 15 in a row. TheBeavers last victory against the Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium came in 1969 (30-7) before ASU was amember of the Pac-10. OSU has never beaten ASU at Tempe since the Sun Devils joined the Conference.It should be noted, however, that a landmark victory for the OSU program came at Sun Devil Stadiumwhen the Beavers dismantled Notre Dame 41-9 in the Fiesta Bowl following the 2000 season. ASUcoach Dennis Erickson goes against his old charges. He posted a mark of 31-17 (.646) and led OregonState to three bowl appearances in four years (1999-2002) as head coach of the Beavers. Included wasthat Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona State met atTempe and the Beavers, fresh off an upset of USC, hammered the Sun Devils 44-10. OSU scored on itsfirst five possessions and stretched its winning streak to four games. OSU TB Yvenson Bernard rushedfor two TDs and PK Alexis Serna booted three field goals. The Beaver defense limited the Devils to223 yards total offense (99 rushing, 124 passing), intercepted two passes and posted four QB sacks.

OREGON (3-0) at STANFORD (1-1) - 7:00 PDT - The series: Stanford and Oregon have met 70 timesdating to 1900 with the Cardinal leading the series 43-26-1. In 40 games played at Stanford, the Cardleads 27-12-1. However, it's been all Oregon of late as the Ducks have won five straight and six of thelast seven. Included are the two most recent meetings at Stanford. The last Stanford victory in theseries came at Eugene in 2001 (49-42) and the last Cardinal home win came in 1997 (58-49). . . . LastYear: Oregon and Stanford opened the 2006 season at Eugene and the Ducks rolled to a 48-10 win, theirlargest margin of victory ever against the Cardinal. Oregon TB Jonathan Stewart rushed for 168 yardsand two TDs before leaving in the third quarter with an injured ankle. Oregon rushed for 298 yards onthe way to 534 yards total offense. A bright spot for Stanford was WR Mark Bradford, who had ninereceptions for 108 yards and the lone Cardinal TD.

WASHINGTON (2-1) at UCLA (2-1) - 7:15 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: UCLA andWashington have met 66 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins leading the series 35-29-2. UCLA haswon eight of the last 10, but Washington won last year to snap a five-game Bruin win streak in theseries. UCLA leads 22-10-1 at home, including 8-2 at the Rose Bowl, where the Bruins have won thelast five. . . . Last Year: Washington and UCLA opened Conference play at Seattle with the Huskieserasing a 16-0 deficit to come back for a 29-19 win. The game was primarily a defensive struggle (totaloffense--UCLA 278, UW 249) that was not decided until Husky OLB Dan Howell returned a fourthquarterinterception 33 yards for a TD that proved to be the final score. TB Chris Markey rushed for 124yards and a TD for the Bruins.

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