This Week in Pac-10 Football
Dec. 14, 2009
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.