This week in Pac-12 football

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Pac-12 Defenses Shine in Non-Conference Action: In 33 non-conference games, Pac-12 teams have given up 14 or fewer points 10 times... The Pac-12 has a chance to improve its 25-1 record in non-conference play on Saturdays when STANFORD visits Notre Dame this week. The Cardinal have won four of the last five meetings and this one should be a defensive struggle as Stanford is first in the FBS in scoring defense (6.5 ppg), while Notre Dame is fourth (11.5 ppg)...Pac-12 opponents have a record of 52-39 (57.1 percent) in games against non-Pac-12 teams.  

The Undefeated: 17 FBS teams remain undefeated this season, with three of those coming from the Pac-12. That number will be reduced by at least four after this week’s games. Undefeated matchups this week feature ARIZONA at OREGON, Oklahoma at TCU, Alabama at Ole Miss, and Texas A&M at Mississippi State.

Pac-12 QB Ratings Among Nation’s Best: Six Pac-12 quarterbacks are among the nation’s top 16 in passing efficiency. OREGON’s Marcus Mariota leads the FBS at 218.0, followed by CALIFORNIA’s Jared Goff (No. 5, 190.2), UCLA’s Brett Hundley (No. 9, 176.5), ARIZONA STATE’s Taylor Kelly (No. 14, 168.1), STANFORD’s Kevin Hogan (No. 15, 167.6), USC’s Cody Kessler (No. 16, 167.4).  Mariota’s career passing efficiency is at 171.74, trailing only Sam Bradford (175.62, Oklahoma 2007-09) for NCAA career record.

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