This week in Pac-12 football
AROUND THE PAC-12...
ROAD WARRIORS: Pac-12 teams continue to excel on the road in league play. The visiting teams are now 26-13 (.667) in league road games. The five teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 (Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah, and UCLA) have combined overall road record of 19-2. The two losses came the previous week as Utah fell at Arizona State, and Arizona dropped its game at UCLA.
OREGON CLINCHES NORTH: With their win at Utah, the Oregon Ducks captured at least a share of the North Division crown and with it they clinched the North Division’s spot in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game (Dec. 5 at Levi’s Stadium).
SOUTH YET TO BE SETTLED: ARIZONA STATE controls its own destiny. Should the Sun Devils win out (at Oregon State, vs. Washington State, at Arizona), they would represent the South Division in the Pac-12 FCG. Should the Sun Devils stumble, waiting in the wings are UCLA, USC, ARIZONA and UTAH.
MORE MANNION: OREGON STATE senior QB Sean Mannion keeps adding to his Pac-12 career-best passing numbers, which is currently 12,873 yards. He’s about to take over the top spot on the Pac-12’s all-time list for total offense. He’s at 12,125 yards in total offense and needs just 90 yards to move past Matt Barkley’s career total of 12,214 set from 2009-12.
AWARD WATCH LIST: The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) awards continue to release their list of semifinalists. The Rotary Lombardi Award, honoring the nation’s best lineman (offense or defense), announced its 12 semifinalists last week. The Pac-12 consisted of a third of that list with Hau’oli Kikaha, Sr., WASHINGTON; Nate Orchard, Sr., UTAH; Leonard Williams, Jr., USC; and Scooby Wright, So., ARIZONA...The Lou Groza Award, recognizing the nation’s top kicker, announced its list of 20 semifinalists and included were ARIZONA STATE sophomore Zane Gonzalez and UTAH sophomore Andy Phillips.