This week in Pac-12 football
ROAD WARRIORS: The visiting teams are now 29-20 (.592) in league road games. The four teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State) have combined overall road record of 17-2 (.895).
NORTH SET, SOUTH YET TO BE DETERMINED: OREGON clinched the North Division’s spot in the Pac-12 FCG (Dec. 5 at Levi’s Stadium). As for the South Division, UCLA controls its own destiny. Should the Bruins win Friday vs. Stanford, they would represent the South Division in the Pac-12 FCG. Should the Bruins stumble, waiting in the wings will be the winner of the Territorial Cup (ARIZONA vs. ARIZONA STATE).
MORE MANNION: OREGON STATE senior QB Sean Mannion keeps adding to his Pac-12 career-best passing numbers, which is currently 13,438 yards. That’s ninth all-time in the FBS. He needs 47 yards to move past Philip Rivers of North Carolina State (13,484 from 2000-03). Mannion also owns the top spot on the Pac-12’s all-time list for total offense. He’s at 12,637 yards in total offense and counting.
AWARD WATCH LIST: The National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) awards continue to release their list of semifinalists. The Doak Walker Award, honoring the nation’s to running back, announced its 10 semifinalists last week and USC junior Javorius Allen is among them...The Walter Camp Player of the Year Award announced its list of 15 semifinalists, which included OREGON QB Marcus Mariota, WASHINGTON LB/RB Shaq Thompson, and ARIZONA’s Scooby Wright... OREGON’s Jake Fisher is a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy honoring the nation’s top interior lineman...The Hornung Award, honoring the nation’s most versatile player, tabbed STANFORD’s Ty Montgomery and WASHINGTON’s Shaq Thompson as two for their five finalists... The Maxwell Football Club has announced its 20 finalists for Coach of the Year and three Pac-12 coaches made the list - ARIZONA’s Rich Rodriguez, ARIZONA STATE’s Todd Graham, and OREGON’s Mark Helfrich.
BOWL ELIGIBLE: The Pac-12 has eight bowl eligible teams with two more looking to reach the six-win mark this week. OREGON STATE (5-6) and CALIFORNIA (5-6) have one more chance to become bowl eligible.
TOUCHDOWN PASSES: WASHINGTON STATE’s Connor Halliday and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota lead the league with 32 touchdown passes each, followed by CALIFORNIA’s Jared Goff with 31 and USC’s Cody Kessler with 30. That group matches the 2011 quartet of USC’s Matt Barkley (39), Stanford’s Andrew Luck (37), Oregon’s Darren Thomas (33), and Washington’s Keith Price (33), as the most Pac-12 quarterbacks to throw 30 or more touchdowns in a single season. COLORADO’s Sefo Liufau (27) and ARIZONA’s Anu Solomon (25) aren’t far behind.
IN A RUSH: If CALIFORNIA’s Daniel Lasco (968 yards) and ARIZONA STATE’s D.J. Foster (968) pick up 15 and 32 rushing yards respectively, they’ll join five others who have rushed for 1,000 yards this season - UCLA’s Paul Perkins (1,265), UTAH’s Devontae Booker (1,255), USC’s Javorius Allen (1,244), ARIZONA’s Nick Wilson (1,085) and OREGON’s Royce Freeman (1,050). Only the 2011 season saw seven running backs rush for 1,000 yards.