This week in Pac-12 football
By the Pac-12 Conference
AROUND THE PAC-12
BCS STANDINGS: The Pac-12 continues to place three teams among the Top 10 in the latest BCS Standings - No. 4 OREGON, No. 7 OREGON STATE, No. 9 USC. STANFORD also appears at No. 17. Looking down the road... Oregon is scheduled to play at USC on Nov. 2, and will finish the season at Oregon State on Nov. 24. Oregon State and USC do not meet in the regular season.
IN A RUSH: Stanford senior RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for a career-high 189 yards (6.8 avg) and 1 TD in the win at California, Arizona sophomore RB Ka'Deem Carey posted a career-best 172 yards (5.9 avg) and 1 TD in the win over Washington, while Oregon senior RB Kenjon Barner tallied 143 yards (8.9 avg) and 3 TDs in the win at Arizona State. . . UCLA senior RB Johnathan Franklin, who had the week off, continues to pace the league at 125.4 ypg, followed by Barner (124.3), Taylor (120.9) and Carey (120.3). Those four rank 9, 10, 13 and 14, respectively in rushing among FBS players. Franklin, Barner, Taylor and Carey would each lead four other BCS conferences in rushing yardage, including the ACC, Big 12, Big East and SEC. No player from those four conferences has topped 800 yards yet this year.
UCLA (5-2) at ARIZONA STATE (5-2)
Sat., Oct. 27, 12 noon PT - FOX
UCLA leads, 17-10-1. Last game: UCLA, 29-28 (2011)
It's an even series between the Bruins and Sun Devils over the last eight games. In last year's game, UCLA's Derrick Coleman scored his second of two TDs on the day with 49 seconds to play, giving the Bruins a 29-28 win over the 20th-ranked Sun Devils.
UCLA's offense is scoring 8.6 points more per game from a year ago, while the defense is surrendering 8.8 points less per game than it did a year ago. The Bruins have 24 sacks in seven games (3.43 avg), led by junior LB Anthony Barr (7.0 sacks, 1.00 avg). UCLA had just 14 sacks in 14 games last season.
Junior LB Chris Young picked up 11 tackles, including 2.0 for loss, and now leads the Sun Devils in tackles with 51. He's posted 12.5 TFL, and his 1.79 TFL ranks tied for seventh in the nation.
The Sun Devils had just two penalties for 10 yards against Oregon. Through seven games, ASU has committed just 28 penalties for 198 yards for a league-best 28.3 yards per game. The 4.0 penalties per game ranks tied for seventh in the nation.
COLORADO (1-6) at No. 2 OREGON (7-0)
Sat., Oct. 27, 12 noon PT - P12N
Series tied, 8-8-0. Last game: ORE, 45-2 (2011)
In the 43-21 win at Arizona State, OREGON freshman QB Marcus Mariota became school's first player to run (86 yards), pass (46 yards) and catch (2 yards) a TD pass in the same game since Joey Harrington in 2000 Holiday Bowl (vs. Texas). His 86-yard TD run was the longest rush in school history by an Oregon QB.
Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 20 straight games, the longest streak in the FBS. The Ducks are 39-2 when scoring 30-plus in the Chip Kelly era, which is only 47 games. Oregon has scored 42 or more points in 10 straight games.
Colorado senior DE Will Pericak has started 44 straight games (every game of his career, dating back to his first in the '09 opener). He is now one shy of the most starts by a defensive player in CU history—45 by ILB Jordon Dizon, 2004-07; the most starts overall is 47 (OL Ryan Miller, 2007-11).
Having allowed 50 or more points in consecutive games for the first time since 1962, it doesn't get easier this week for the Buffs as they face an Oregon team that averages 51.0 points per game.
No. 10 USC (6-1) at ARIZONA (4-3)
Sat., Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m. PT - ABC (ESPN2 reverse mirror)
USC leads, 28-7-0. Last game: USC, 48-41 (2011)
The last five meetings between USC and Arizona have been decided by seven or fewer points, with the Trojans holding a 4-1 advantage. Last year's 48-41 USC victory in Los Angeles saw Matt Barkley pass for a Trojan record 468 yards with four TDs, while Arizona's Nick Foles threw for 425 yards and four TDs. The teams combined for 1,136 yards as USC outgained Arizona 582-554.
Arizona averages 548.7 yards in total offense (leads Pac-12, fifth nationally), while USC posts 421.3 yards in total offense. UA senior QB Matt Scott is fourth in the nation in total offense (374.3 avg). Scott is one of four UA QBs all-time to complete 200 passes in a season.
With the 52-17 win over Washington, the Wildcats have scored 50 or more points for the third time in seven games this season. They scored 50 or points three times in 51 games prior to this season. There are only four other seasons in school history in which Arizona scored 50 or more points three times in one season - 1920, 1921, 1952 and 1954.
USC junior WR Robert Woods caught eight passes for 132 yards and a school-record four touchdowns in the win over Colorado. In the process, he set the USC career reception record, passing former Trojan Dwayne Jarrett's mark of 216. Woods now has 220 career receptions and is tied for 10th all-time in Pac-12 history.
Several Pac-12 marks that USC senior QB Matt Barkley now owns:
TDs responsible for in a season: 41 (2011)
Highest percentage of passes completed in a game (min. 15 completions): .950 (19-20 vs. Colorado, 2012)
Highest passing efficiency rating in a game: 319.2 (19-20, 0 int, 298 yards, 6 TDs vs. Colorado, 2012)
Most TD passes in a season: 39 (2011)
Most TD passes in a career: 102 (2009-10-11-12)
In addition, he's on pace to be the first Pac-12 QB to throw for 2,500 yards in four separate seasons.
WASHINGTON STATE (2-5) at No. 19 STANFORD (5-2)
Sat., Oct. 27, 3:15 p.m. PT - P12N
STAN leads, 36-25-1. Last game: STAN, 44-14 (2011)
Stanford's defense limited California to 3 yards rushing on 28 carries (3.86 inches per rush) in the 21-3 Big Game win. Stanford is allowing just 77.0 yards per game on the ground, which ranks fourth among FBS teams.
Junior RB Stepfan Taylor posted a career-high 189 yards rushing on 28 carries (6.8 avg). He needs 149 yards to reach 1,000 yards for the third season in his career. He'd join former Cardinal Darin Nelson as the only Stanford players to accomplish that feat, and 11th player to do so in Pac-12 history.
Washington State is second in the league and 20th in the nation in kickoff returns (25.4 avg). Thanks in part to freshman KR Teondray Caldwell, who is second in the Pac-12 in kick returns (26.8 avg)
CALIFORNIA (3-5) at UTAH (2-5)
Sat., Oct. 27, 7:45 p.m. MT - P12N
CAL leads, 5-3-0. Last game: CAL, 34-10 (2011)
California junior WR Keenan Allen has 200 career receptions and needs three more to set the school record, passing former Golden Bear Geoff McArthur who had 202 receptions (2000-03).
After posting just four interceptions through the first five games of the season, Cal's secondary has seven picks over the last three games.
Utah's defensive unit limited Oregon State to 52 yards rushing. The Utes are 22nd in the nation, allowing 114.0 rushing yards per game. Utah is second in the Pac-12, 29th FBS in total defense (333.0 avg).
No. 7 OREGON STATE (6-0) at WASHINGTON (3-4)
Sat., Oct. 27, 7:15 p.m. PT - P12N
WASH leads, 58-34-4. Last game: OSU, 38-21 (2011)
At 6-0, Oregon State has matched its best start in school history. The 1907 squad went 6-0 with victories over Astoria, Whitman, Pacific, Oregon, Willamette, and St. Vincent College. . . OSU has held three consecutive opponents to single-digits at home for the first time since 1961.
The Beavers made the most of their red zone opportunities last week vs. Utah, scoring three TDs on three possessions in the red zone. OSU has scored on each of its last 8 trips to the red zone (7 TDs, 1 FG) and are scoring on 84.0 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line.
Washington sophomore TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had eight receptions for a career-best 110 yards at Arizona. He leads all FBS tight ends with 5.3 receptions per game.