Four games on tap for Pac-12 football in week ten
AROUND THE PAC-12
GAME THEMES: A light week with only four games on the docket spread over three days. . . ARIZONA STATE travels to WASHINGTON STATE for a Halloween special on Thursday night. The Cougars Connor Halliday, who leads the league’s second-best pass offense (373.1 yards per game) will test the Sun Devil secondary which ranks second in the league (205.3 yards per game). . . USC travels to Corvallis to meet OREGON STATE on Friday night. The Beavers have had USC’s number in Corvallis of late, winning the last three meetings over ranked Trojan squads at Reser Stadium (No. 3 USC in 2006, No. 1 USC in 2008, No. 20 USC in 2010). USC’s pass defense, which is third in the league (211.9 yards per game), will be put to test by OSU quarterback Sean Mannion, who leads the FBS in passing (407.9 yards per game). However, Mannion will first need to avoid a USC rush that has accounted for a 3.38 sacks per game, tied for fifth in the FBS . . ARIZONA and its ground game visits CALIFORNIA and its Bear Raid attack. The Wildcats are second in the league in rushing (288.0 yards per game), thanks to FBS leading rusher Ka’Deem Carey153.3 per game) and B.J. Denker(74.1 per game), while the Golden Bears are third in the Pac-12 in pass offense (358.9 yards per game) due in large part to freshman quarterback Jared Goff (324.0 per game). . . COLORADO is in search of its first win in Pac-12 play this season and looks to snap a 12-game conference skid when it travels to UCLA. The Bruins look to snap a skid of their own after dropping back-to-back games against No. 13 Stanford and No. 2 Oregon.
BOWL ELIGIBLE:OREGON, OREGON STATE and STANFORD have each reached the six-win plateau and have become bowl eligible. Four others - ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, UCLA and WASHINGTON - are sitting on five wins and each need one more victory to become bowl eligible. The Pac-12 is in the final year of a four-year agreement with the following bowl partners: Rose presented by Vizio, Valero Alamo, National University Holiday, Hyundai Sun, Royal Purple Las Vegas, Fight Hunger, and Gildan New Mexico.
FIRST TO 1,000: WASHINGTON junior RB Bishop Sankey became the first Pac-12 running back to reach 1,000 yards rushing this season when he posted a career-best 241 yards against California. It’s his second straight 1,000-yard season and he becomes the fourth Husky to rush for 1,000 yards multiple times in their career. Sankey ranks third in the FBS, averaing 145.3 yards per game. . . Other Pac-12 running backs eyeing 1,000 yards in the coming weeks are ARIZONA’s Ka’Deem Carey (920 yards), STANFORD’s Tyler Gaffney (886 yards) and OREGON’s Byron Marshall (879 yards).