This Week in Pac-10 Football

Dec. 14, 2009

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PAC-10 TITLE/ROSE BOWL BERTH FOR DUCKS:  Oregon won the Pac-10 championship for the first time since 2001 as the Ducks finished 8-1 in Conference play and 10-2 overall.  In so doing, Oregon earned its first trip to the Rose Bowl since the 1994 season.

QUALITY DEPTH:  In addition to Oregon finishing the regular season 10-2, five other Pac-10 teams--Arizona, California, Oregon State, Stanford and USC--closed the regular season at 8-4.  Never in its long history has the Conference finished the season with six teams with eight or more wins.  A 21-9 (.700) mark against non-conference opponents was a factor in building those records.

PAC-10 BOWL GAME PARTICIPANTS

MAACO BOWL LAS VEGAS:  OREGON STATE (8-4) vs BYU (10-2)

Date/Time:  Tue., Dec. 22, 5:00 p.m. PT
Site:  Las Vegas (Sam Boyd Stadium)
TV:  ESPN
Oregon State Overall Bowl Record:  8-4
Oregon State Record in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas:  1-0
Oregon State Record vs. BYU:  5-3
Last Meeting:  Oregon State 10, BYU 7 (1986)
Notes:  Oregon State has won its last five bowl games, second longest current bowl winning streak in the nation. . . . OSU coach Mike Riley is 5-0 as a head coach in bowl games. . . . Bowl features two ranked teams for the first time ever. . . . Both teams notched a win earlier this season at Sam Boyd Stadium with victories over UNLV. . . . BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall is a former starting safety and assistant coach at Oregon State.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL:  CALIFORNIA (8-4) vs. UTAH (9-3)
Date/Time:  Wed., Dec. 23, 5:00 p.m. PT
Site:  San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium)
TV:  ESPN
California Overall Bowl Record:  10-8-1
California Record in the SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl:  0-0
California Record vs. Utah:  4-2
Last Meeting:  Utah 31-24 (2003)
Note:  California makes a bowl appearance for a school-record seventh straight year.  Golden Bears have won last four bowl games.

EMERALD BOWL:  USC (8-4) vs. BOSTON COLLEGE (8-4)
Date/Time:  Sat., Dec. 26, 5:00 p.m. PT
Site:  San Francisco (AT&T Park)
TV:  ESPN
USC Overall Bowl Record:  30-17
USC Record in the Emerald Bowl:  0-0
USC Record vs. Boston College:  2-0
Last Meeting:  USC 34-7 (1988 season opener)
Note:  Ninth consecutive bowl game appearance for the Trojans;  11 straight for BC.

EAGLE BANK BOWL:  UCLA (6-6) vs. TEMPLE (9-3)
Date/Time:  Tue., Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT
Site:  Washington, D.C. (RFK Stadium)
TV:  ESPN
UCLA Overall Bowl Record:  13-15-1
UCLA Record in the EagleBank Bowl:  0-0
UCLA Record vs. Temple:  0-0
Note:  First ever meeting between UCLA and Temple.

PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL:  ARIZONA (8-4) vs. NEBRASKA (9-4)
Date/Time:  Wed., Dec. 30, 5:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. MT
Site:  San Diego (Qualcomm Stadium)
TV:  ESPN
Arizona Overall Bowl Record:  6-7-1
Arizona Record in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl:  1-0
Arizona Record vs. Nebraska:  1-0-1
Last Meeting:  Arizona 23-20 (1998 Holiday Bowl)
Note: This game is a rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl in which Arizona's defense limited Nebraska's storied option rushing attack to 87 yards and the No. 5-ranked Wildcats scored 14 fourth-quarter points to defeat the Cornhuskers 23-20.

BRUT SUN BOWL:  STANFORD (8-4) vs. OKLAHOMA (7-5)
Date/Time:  Thu., Dec. 31, 12:00 noon MT/11:00 a.m. PT
Site:  El Paso (Sun Bowl)
TV:  CBS
Stanford Overall Bowl Record:  9-10-1
Stanford Record in the Brut Sun Bowl:  2-0
Stanford Record vs. Oklahoma:  1-3
Last Meeting:  Oklahoma 19-7 (1984 season opener)
Note:  In Stanford's last appearance in the Sun Bowl in 1996, the Cardinal won the most lopsided bowl game in school history in blanking Michigan State 38-0.

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI:  OREGON (10-2) vs. OHIO STATE (10-2)
Date/Time:  Fri., Jan. 1, 2:00 PT
Site:  Pasadena (Rose Bowl)
TV:  ABC
Oregon Overall Bowl Record:  9-13
Oregon Record in the Rose Bowl:  1-3
Oregon Record vs. Ohio State:  0-7
Last Meeting:  Ohio State 24-14 (1987)
Note:  Oregon and Ohio State met in the Rose Bowl following the 1957 season with the heavily-favored and No. 1-ranked Buckeyes pulling out a narrow 10-7 victory.

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