Division Titles On The Line
Around The Pac-12
North Division Race... Should OREGON defeat OREGON STATE, it becomes the North Division representative in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Should Oregon State defeat Oregon, STANFORD will represent the North. Either Oregon or Stanford will host the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game.
South Division Race... UCLA can represent the South Division with a win over USC. Should it lose, three tie-breaking scenarios could occur after the final weekend of Pac-12 play:
Three-team tie (UCLA, ARIZONA STATE, UTAH): Arizona State. The Sun Devils get to the Pac-12 Championship Game with a win over California, combined with a loss by UCLA to USC and a win by Utah over Colorado.
Two-team tie (UCLA, ARIZONA STATE): UCLA. The Bruins get to the Pac-12 Championship Game should it lose to USC, combined with a win by Arizona State over California and a loss by Utah against Colorado.
Two-team tie (UCLA, UTAH): Utah. The Utes get to the Pac-12 Championship Game with a win over Colorado, combined with a UCLA loss to USC and an Arizona State loss to California.
This Week's Match-Ups
Friday, Nov. 25
COLORADO (2-10) at UTAH (7-4)
Salt Lake City, Utah • Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)
1:30 p.m. MT • TV: FSN/(Sirius 92, 94/XM 190)
Series: COLO leads 30-24-3. Last: COLO, 37-21 (1962)
Buffalo Notes: Senior TB Rodney Stewart took over the all-time lead at Colorado in receptions by a running back, as he now has 91. He passed Lee Rouson, who had 86 from 1980-84. He has 959 career receiving yards, already a Colorado best for a running back, and needs 41 yards at Utah to become the 27th player in FBS history to have 3,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a career. . . Senior WR Toney Clemons caught a TD pass for the fourth-straight game and is one shy of the Colorado single-season record set by Rae Curruth during the 1996 season. . . With sophomore WR Paul Richardson going over 500 receiving yards on Saturday, he joins Clemons and Stewart in becoming the first trio of Colorado players to attain 500 yards each.
Ute Notes: Utah is assured of having at least seven wins in all seven seasons under head coach Kyle Whittingham. . . Junior RB John White rushed for 186 yards and had two touchdowns against Washington State. His 42 carries were the second-highest total in school history. With 14 touchdowns this season, White tied the school record set in 2004. He sits third on the single-season list with 1,377 rushing yards. The Utes are 7-0 when White rushes for at least 100 yards ... Junior DB Mo Lee had a pair of interceptions against the Cougars, including one to end WSU's overtime possession. Lee has three interceptions this season. . . Junior P Sean Sellwood threw a 49-yard touchdown pass on a fake punt, and is 2-for-2 on passes for 66 yards this season.
CALIFORNIA (6-5) at ARIZONA STATE (6-5)
Tempe, Ariz. • Sun Devil Stadium (71,705)
8:15 p.m. PT • TV: ESPN/(Sirius 91, 93/XM 91, 191)
Series: CAL leads, 16-14-0. Last: CAL, 50-17 (2010)
Golden Bear Notes: With his six receptions for 97 yards, sophomore WR Keenan Allen moved up to second on Cal's single-season list in receiving yards with 1,200. He sits in third on the receptionist list with 84 this season and is just one shy of tying Geoff McArthur for second. Allen extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 22, all of his games at Cal. . . Senior WR Marvin Jones extended his streak of games with at least one catch to 36 consecutive contests. Jones is Cal's active career leader in receptions (143), receiving yards (2,128) and receiving touchdowns (13). He ranks eighth all-time in receptions and receiving yards. . . Junior QB Zach Maynard was 20-of-30 for 280 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Big Game, engineering a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives.
Sun Devil Notes: Junior QB Brock Osweiler, who had a career-high 487 passing yards against Arizona, crossed the 3,000-yard mark in the first quarter and now has 3,377 on the season. Osweiler is just the fifth quarterback in Arizona State history to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season. He had a career-high 36 completions to move into first place on the single-season list with 275, passing Andrew Walter, who had 274 in 2002. . . Senior WR Gerell Robinson passed the 1,000-yard mark for receiving yards, becoming the first Sun Devil to do so since Derek Hagan in 2005. Robinson had a career-high 199 yards on 11 catches and now has 1,100 yards and six touchdowns this season. . . Junior RB Cameron Marshall ran for two touchdowns against the Wildcats to bring his career total for rushing touchdowns to 27. He sits in fifth on ASU's career list, only one behind Art Malone.
Saturday, Nov. 26
OREGON STATE (3-8) at 9/9 OREGON (9-2)
Eugene, Ore. • Autzen Stadium (54,000)
12:30 p.m. PT • TV: ABC/ESPN2/(Sirius 93, 128/XM 193)
Series: ORE leads, 58-46-10. Last: ORE, 37-20 (2010)
Beaver Notes: Redshirt senior WR James Rodgers had four receptions against Washington, giving him 222 for his career and the most in Oregon State program history. Rodgers has 19 receiving touchdowns to sit in a tie for third on the career list. . . Redshirt freshman QB Sean Mannion threw for 339 yards to bring his season total to 3,033. He is the fifth OSU quarterback to go over the 3,000-yard mark. Mannion now has 10-straight games with 200 or more yards passing. . . Redshirt freshman DE Scott Crichton totaled just five tackles against Washington, but three were tackles for loss, including two sacks. He also forced a fumble, giving him a school record five for the season ... Redshirt sophomore RB Jovan Stevenson had three fourth-quarter touchdowns, giving him five on the season and six for his career.
Duck Notes: Junior RB LaMichael James is now Oregon's career leader for all-purpose yards with 5,310. With 1,285 rushing yards, James ranks fifth on the single-season chart. He also added another top 10 for all-purpose yards in a season (1,616) and ranks ninth on that list. . . With 214 all-purpose yards against USC, redshirt freshman RB De'Anthony Thomas now ranks eighth in a single season at Oregon with 1,711. . . Junior QB Darron Thomas has thrown a touchdown in 23 straight appearances, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Wisconsin's Russell Wilson (35). Thomas moved into eighth on the total offense list with 5,767 career yards.
Louisiana-Lafayette (8-3) at ARIZONA (3-8)
Tucson, Ariz. • Arizona Stadium (57,400)
2 p.m. MT • TV: None/(Sirius 139)
Series: First Meeting
Wildcat Notes: Senior QB Nick Foles is leaving his name all over the UA record book, as well as the Pac-12 lists. His school-record 3,982 passing yards this season ranks third among the Pac-12's top single-season performances. He needs 77 yards to move into second, passing Oregon State's Derek Anderson (4,058 yards, 2003). . . The 354 completions are a Pac-12 single-season record, while his 517 attempts are eight shy of the Pac-12 single-season record of 525 held by former Wildcat Willie Tuitama (2007). . . Foles is fourth in the FBS with 362.0 passing yards per game. That mark is ahead of the Pac-12 single-season mark of 342.9 yards per game, which was set by Washington's Cody Pickett in 2002. . . Foles is three passing touchdowns shy of matching Willie Tuitama's single-season record of 28 passing TDs, and his school mark of 67 career TDs. . . Senior WR Juron Criner caught nine passes for 134 yards and one TD. He tied Theopolis "T" Bell's school record of 30 scores set from 1972-74.
WASHINGTON STATE (4-7) at WASHINGTON (6-5)
Seattle, Wash. • CenturyLink Field (67,000)
4:30 p.m. PT • TV: Versus/(Sirius 128, XM 191, 193)
Series: WASH leads, 66-31-6. Last: WASH, 35-28 (2010)
Cougar Notes: Senior WR Jared Karstetter has now caught a pass in 38 consecutive games. He added a touchdown catch in the 30-27 OT loss to Utah. It was the 18th of his career, moving him into a tie for third on WSU's career receiving TD's list. . . Karstetter had six catches for 111 yards, his third 100-yard game of the season and fifth of his career. . . WSU's first overtime loss since falling to UCLA 44-41 on Oct. 15, 2005 in Pullman. . . Freshman LB Chester Su'a made a career-high 10 tackles. He had just eight tackles all season heading into the Utah contest. . . Senior WR Isiah Barton is fourth in the Pac-12, and 22nd in the FBS, averaging 145.8 all-purpose yards. . . Sophomore WR Marquess Wilson's 77 receiving yards ups is career total to 2,280, good for fifth on WSU's career top-10 list. His touchdown catch was the 10th of the season and 16th of his career. He sits tied for sixth on WSU's single-season receiving touchdowns list tied him for eighth on WSU's career receiving touchdowns list.
Husky Notes: The Huskies host the Apple Cup in CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. This marks the first time since 1980 that the Apple Cup has not been played on either campus. The 1980 game was played in Spokane. . . Junior RB Chris Polk passed Napoleon Kaufman (735) for most rushing attempts in UW history. Polk now has 747 rushes. . . Polk, who rushed for 284 yards in last year's Apple Cup, is third in the Pac-12 with 1,241 rushing yards (5.1 ypc). His 3,802 career rushing yards rank second on the UW career list, trailing Kaufman's 4,106 yards (1991-94). . . Sophomore QB Keith Price tossed one TD, his 26th this season, in the loss at Oregon State. He's two short of Cody Pickett's UW record of 28 set in the 2001 season.
22/24 Notre Dame (8-3) at 4/5 STANFORD (10-1)
Stanford, Calif. • Stanford Stadium (50,000)
5 p.m. PT • TV: ABC/(Sirius 86, 129/XM 86, 129)
Series: Notre Dame leads, 17-8-10. Last: Stanford, 37-14 (2010)
Cardinal Notes: Junior RB Stepfan Taylor is now over 1,000 yards rushing (1,036) for the season, the tenth time in Stanford history it has happened. Taylor is the third back to have multiple 1,000 yard seasons, joining Darrin Nelson (three times) and Toby Gerhart (twice). Six backs have accounted for those ten 1,000 yard seasons. . . Junior QB Andrew Luck connected on two touchdown passes giving him 31 this season, one away from his own single-season record and 76 in his career, one away from John Elway's career record of 77. . . The Cardinal have scored at least 30 points in 14 consecutive games. . . The Cardinal missed a field goal attempt in the second quarter against California. It was the first time this season Stanford failed to convert in the red zone this season. Stanford leads the nation in red zone efficiency (61-of-62, .984). . . The attendance of 50,360 for the Cal game was the team's fifth sellout (of six) of the season.
UCLA (6-5) at 10/-- USC (9-2)
Los Angeles, Calif. • L.A. Memorial Coliseum (93,607)
7 p.m. PT • TV: FSN/(Sirius 93, 113/XM 194)
Series: USC leads, 45-28-7. Last: USC, 28-14 (2010)
Bruin Notes: The Bruins went 4-0 in Pac-12 home games this season, the first time they have gone undefeated in conference home contests since they went 4-0 in 2005. . . With the 45-6 win over Colorado, the 45 points scored were the most since the Bruins had 45 in a win at Stanford on Sept. 1, 2007. The 39-point margin of victory was the largest since the Bruins beat Rice by 42 (63-21) on Sept. 10, 2005. . . The Bruins are 14-0 under head coach Rick Neuheisel when holding an opponent under 20 points. . . The Bruins have held an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing 10 times during Neuheisel's tenure and have a 9-1 record. . . In the win over Colorado, redshirt junior RB Johnathan Franklin rushed for 162 yards (10.8 ypc) in recording his 10th-career, 100-yard rushing game. He has 2,550 rushing yards for his career, 10th on UCLA's all-time list.
Trojan Notes: USC is looking to post a 10-win season for the eighth time in the last 10 years. It would be the 25th 10-win season in school history. . . Sophomore WR Robert Woods, a leading candidate for the 2011 Biletnikoff and Hornung Awards, is four catches away from breaking Keyshawn Johnson's Pac-12 single season receptions record. . . Fellow freshman WR Marqise Lee, with 60 catches and 9 TDs under his belt, is having a Freshman All- American season. . . Junior TB Curtis McNeal (USC's rushing leader seven times in 2011) is 119 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. . . Junior QB Matt Barkley's 33 TD passes in 2011 currently are tied for fourth most in the nation, plus they are tied for fifth on the Pac-12 single-season list (and are third on the USC list). . . Barkley has set 4 USC game records in 2011: completions (34 versus Minnesota), pass yardage (468 versus Arizona), TD passes (6 versus Colorado) and total offense (470 versus Arizona).