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THE CFP COMMITTEE SPEAKS: For the second time in the last three CFP rankings, the Pac-12 has placed six teams in the Top 25. With ARIZONA vaulting up from No. 11 to No. 7 in this week’s rankings, the Pac-12 has now had four different teams ranked among the Top 10 over the span of six polls.
BOWL ELIGIBLE: For the third straight season, the Pac-12 has eight bowl eligible teams.
ROAD WARRIORS: The visiting teams are now 33-21 (.611) in league road games. The six teams ranked in this week’s CFP Top 25 (Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Utah and USC) have combined overall road record of 26-7 (.788).
TOUCHDOWN PASSES: OREGON’s Marcus Mariota and USC’s Cody Kessler lead the league with 36 touchdown passes each, followed by CALIFORNIA’s Jared Goff (35), and WASHINGTON STATE’s Connor Halliday (32 in 9 games). 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. ARIZONA’s Anu Solomon (27) isn’t far behind in making that five QBs with 30 or more touchdown passes.
IN A RUSH: Seven Pac-12 running backs have rushed for 1,000 or more yards this season - UCLA’s Paul Perkins (1,381), UTAH’s Devontae Booker (1,350), USC’s Javorius Allen (1,337), ARIZONA’s Nick Wilson (1,263), OREGON’s Royce Freeman (1,185). If CALIFORNIA’s Daniel Lasco (1,115 yards) and ARIZONA STATE’s D.J. Foster (1,002). Only the 2011 season saw seven Pac-12 running backs rush for 1,000 yards.
GOOD HANDS: A pair of school receiving records were broken as COLORADO junior WR Nelson Spruce had a school-best 106 receptions fro 1,198 yards (99.8 avg) and WASHINGTON STATE senior WR Vince Mayle hauled in a school-record 106 receptions for a WSU single-season record 1,483 yards (123.6 avg)... USC junior WR Nelson Agholor as 97 receptions for 1,223 yards (101.9 avg). With three more receptions in a potential bowl game, Nelson will join Spruce and Mayle with 100 receptions each this season. Prior to this season, there have been only five players with 100 or more receptions in a season in Pac-12 history.
SACKS/TACKLES FOR LOSS: Defenses shine on the West Coast. Five Pac-12 teams are ranked among the top 11 in the FBS in team sacks. UTAH is the nationally leader at 52 sacks (4.33 avg), with WASHINGTON third (3.83 avg), STANFORD tied for sixth (3.33 avg), ARIZONA STATE tied for eighth (3.25 avg) and ARIZONA 11th (3.08 avg)... Pac-12 players rank 1-2-3 in sacks led by Utah’s Nate Orchard (1.46 per game), followed by Washington’s Hau’oli Kikaha (1.38 avg) and Arizona’s Scooby Wright III (1.17 avg)... When it comes to tackles for loss, the trio are among the FBS top five with Wright III leading the FBS at 27.0 TFL, followed by Kikaha (24.0), while Orchard is tied for fifth (20.0).
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