This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 15, 2007
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL: Three Conference games and a traditional intersectional game highlight this week's schedule. In Pac-10 play it's CALIFORNIA at UCLA, STANFORD at ARIZONA and OREGON at WASHINGTON. USC heads to South Bend for its annual date against Notre Dame and ARIZONA STATE, OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON STATE have open dates.
Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 20 (ranking is the AP media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive Poll and the BCS rankings):
Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Year10/9/10/12 California (5-1) Rose Bowl (91,500) 12:30 PDT UCLA leads 48-28-1--/--/t42/-- UCLA (4-2) Pasadena, CA ABC California 38-24
13/9/9/14 USC (5-1) Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) 3:30 EDT ND leads 42-31-5--/--/--/-- Notre Dame (1-6) Notre Dame, IN NBC USC 44-24
--/--/41/-- Stanford (2-4) Arizona Stadium (57,400) 4:00 MST Arizona leads 13-9--/--/--/-- Arizona (2-5) Tucson, AZ FSNAZ Arizona 20-7
7/6/7/10 Oregon (5-1) Husky Stadium (72,500) 4:30 PDT UW leads 58-36-5--/--/--/-- Washington (2-4) Seattle, WA FSNNW Oregon 34-14
12/12/12/8 Arizona State (7-0) - open date - next game Oct. 27 vs. California--/--/39/-- Oregon State (4-3) - open date - next game Oct. 27 vs. Stanford--/--/--/-- Washington State (2-5) - open date - next game Oct. 27 vs. UCLA
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 20:
CALIFORNIA (5-1) at UCLA (4-2) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UC system rivalsUCLA and California have met 77 times dating uninterrupted to 1933 with the Bruins leading theseries 48-28-1. UCLA leads 26-11-1 in its home games, including 9-3 in games at the Rose Bowl. Theteams have alternated wins the last seven years with the home team winning each game. Twoovertime games were included during that seven-year span. The last visitor's victory in the series wasa 17-0 Cal win at the Rose Bowl in 1999. . . . Last Year: California and UCLA met at Berkeley with theNo. 10-ranked Golden Bears taking a 38-24 win. It was the eighth straight win for Cal and the fourthstraight defeat for UCLA. Cal QB Nate Longshore completed 20-of-24 passes (.833) for 266 yards andthree TDs, two of them to WR Robert Jordan, and DeSean Jackson returned a punt 72 yards for a TD tokey the Bears. UCLA actually outgained Cal 516-433 as Bruin QB Patrick Cowan passed for a careerhigh329 yards and TB Chris Markey rushed for 136 yards, including a 70-yard scoring dash.
USC (5-1) at NOTRE DAME (1-6) - 3:30 EDT/12:30 PDT - NBC national telecast - The Series: USC andNotre Dame have met 78 times dating to 1926, and uninterrupted since 1946, with the Irish leading theseries 42-31-5. USC, however, has won the last five games, snapping a three-game Notre Damewinning streak in what historically has been a streaky series. The Trojans have never beaten the Irishsix straight times. Notre Dame leads 23-11-1 in games played at South Bend, but the Trojans havetaken the last two at Notre Dame Stadium. The last Notre Dame win in the series came in 2001 atSouth Bend (27-16). . . . Last Year: USC and Notre Dame met late in the season at Los Angeles in abattle of Top 10 teams with No. 3 USC knocking off No. 6 Notre Dame 44-24, snapping an eight-gameNotre Dame winning streak. Both teams would subsequently earn BCS bowl berths. Trojan QB JohnDavid Booty passed for 265 yards and three TDs and ran for a fourth score. In a statistical oddity, bothteams finished with 404 yards total offense.
STANFORD (2-4) at ARIZONA (2-5) - 4:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona and Stanford have met 22times with the Wildcats leading the series 13-9. UA won last year to snap a three-game Stanfordwinning streak in the series. In 10 games played at Tucson, Arizona holds a slim 6-4 advantage, butStanford has won the last three played at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Year: Both team were 0-3 inConference play when Arizona and Stanford met at Stanford Stadium and it was the Wildcats that gotinto the win column with a 20-7 victory. With starting QB Willie Tuitama out with an injury, Arizonarelied on its running game and a dominant defense to ring up the win. The Wildcats rushed 51 times (asopposed to passing only 13 times) and piled up 220 yards rushing. Meanwhile, the Arizona defenselimited Stanford to just 52 yards total offense (minus-6 rushing, 58 passing), the lowest output inCardinal history. The Wildcat defenders allowed just four first downs, racked up six QB sacks and didnot allow the Stanford offense to cross the 50-yard line. The lone Cardinal score came on a 72-yardinterception return for a TD by CB Wopamo Osaisai. With both teams staying primarily on the ground,the game took just two hours and 30 minutes to play.
OREGON (5-1) at WASHINGTON (2-4) - 4:30 PDT - FSNNW regional cablecast - The Series: This isthe 100th meeting between old Pacific Northwest rivals Washington and Oregon. The teams have met99 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 58-36-5. In 58 games at Seattle, UW leads33-21-4. Oregon has won the last three games, all played at Eugene, but Washington has won the lasttwo meetings at Seattle with the last Duck win in Husky Stadium coming in 1997 (31-28). Only once inthe long history of the series have the Ducks won four straight games (1928-1931). . . . Last Year:Oregon and Washington met at Eugene with the Ducks utilizing a strong running game and a stiflingdefense to power to a 34-14 win. Oregon ran the ball 54 times for 316 yards with TB Jonathan Stewartleading the way with 159 yards and two TDs. The Duck defense limited the Huskies to 10 first downsand 138 yards total offense (13 rushing, 125 passing). Oregon ROV Patrick Chung had a big day with aninterception and a 59-yard return for a TD on the first punt return of his career.