This week in Pac-12 football
• Two Top 10 teams face off Friday in Seattle where No. 7 Stanford visits No. 10 Washington. It’s the 15th time since 1986 that a pair of AP Top 10-ranked Pac-12 teams have met.
• ARIZONA STATE PK Zane Gonzalez is one field goal shy of matching the Pac-12 career record of 85 set by UCLA’s Kai Forbath (2007-10).
• The home team is 21-5 this season. However, in league play, that mark stands at 3-3.
QB TANDEM HONORED: COLORADO’s Sefo Liufau (9/5/15) and Steven Montez (9/26/16) have earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors this season, becoming just the fifth time two different quarterbacks from the same team have won the honor in the same season. The others were 2014 - UCLA’s Jerry Neuheisel (9/15/14) and Brett Hundley (9/29/14); 2014 - Washington State’s Connor Halliday (10/6/14) and Luke Falk (11/10/14); 1998 - Arizona’s Ortege Jenkins and Keith Smith (shared honors on 10/3/98); 1992 - UCLA’s Rob Walker (9/19/92) and John Barnes (11/21/92).
POLL NOTES: WASHINGTON is the eighth different Pac-12 team to appear in the AP Top 10 over the last three seasons. Washington has been in the AP Top 10 for four consecutive weeks, the longest stretch since it appeared in the last nine ranking periods during the 2000 season ... UTAH moved up to No. 18 in the AP and Coaches polls. The Utes concluded the 2015 season at No. 17 in the AP poll ... Stanford has been in the AP Top 10 in eight consecutive polls dating back to last season.
MATCHUPS BETWEEN PAC-12 TEAMS RANKED IN THE AP TOP 10 (since 1986)
Sept. 30, 2016 - No. 7 Stanford at No. 10 Washington
Dec. 5, 2014 - No. 2 Oregon defeated No. 7 Arizona, 51-13, at Santa Clara (FCG)
Nov. 7, 2013 - No. 5 Stanford defeated No. 3 Oregon, 26-20, at Stanford
Nov. 12, 2011 - No. 6 Oregon defeated No. 3 Stanford, 53-30, at Stanford
Oct. 3, 2009 - No. 10 Oregon defeated No. 4 USC, 47-20, at Eugene
Nov. 3, 2007 - No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 4 Arizona State, 35-23, at Eugene
Oct. 27, 2007 - No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 9 USC, 24-17, at Eugene
Oct. 9, 2004 - No. 1 USC defeated No. 7 California, 23-17, at Los Angeles
Nov. 1, 2003 - No. 3 USC defeated No. 6 Washington State, 43-16, at Los Angeles
Oct. 13, 2001 - No. 7 UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, at Pasadena
Nov. 18, 2000 - No. 8 Oregon State defeated No. 5 Oregon, 23-13, at Corvallis
Oct. 10, 1998 - No. 3 UCLA defeated No. 10 Arizona, 52-28, at Tucson
Oct. 19, 1991 - No. 3 Washington defeated No. 7 California, 24-17, at Berkeley
Nov. 19, 1988 - No. 2 USC defeated No. 6 UCLA, 31-22, at Pasadena
Nov. 1, 1986 - No. 7 Arizona State defeated No. 6 Washington, 34-21, at Tempe
IN-ZANE: ARIZONA STATE senior PK Zane Gonzalez is quickly approaching the FBS record for career field goals. His 84 career field goals are a school record and are fourth on the FBS all-time list led by Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins (88). He needs two field goals to move ahead of UCLA’s Kai Forbath’s Pac-12 record of 85 set in 2007-10. He also moved past former UCLA Bruin Ka’imi Fairbairn as the Pac-12’s career scoring leader earlier this season. Gonzalez entered the season with 386 points and now has a Pac-12 career record of 439 points, passing the previous record of 413 set by Fairbairn last season.
NCAA CAREER FIELD GOALS
1. Dustin Hopkins, Florida St. 2009-12, 88
2. Billy Bennett, Georgia 2000-03, 87
3. Kai Forbath, UCLA 2007-10, 85
4. Zane Gonzales, Arizona State, 2013-16, 84
MAKING A POINT: Eleven FBS teams are averaging 45 or more points per game through the first four weeks of the season, three hail from the Pac-12 - No. 7 ARIZONA STATE (48.0 ppg), No. 10 WASHINGTON (45.8 ppg), and No. 10 CALIFORNIA (45.5 ppg) ... On the flipside, 17 FBS teams are holding the opposition to fewer than 16.0 points per game and three are from the Pac-12 - No. 8 STANFORD (12.0 ppg), No. 15 WASHINGTON (14.5 ppg), and No. 17 UTAH (15.8 ppg).
THE SCHEDULE: The non-conference schedules include 18 opponents that participated in a bowl game last season. In all, 11 Pac-12 teams will face a team that appeared in a bowl game last season with USC facing three such opponents ... The Pac-12 posted a 35-12 record in non-conference play in 2015 and is 72-21 in non-league action over the previous two seasons ... Each Conference team will play a nine-game league schedule that includes five games within its own division and four games in the other division. Teams with the best record in their respective divisions will meet in the Pac-12 title game on Friday, Dec. 2 (FOX) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
PAC-12 SUCCESS IN RIO... OREGON WR/KR Devon Allen represented Team USA at the Rio Olympics in the 110m hurdles where he finished fifth ... USC CB/WR/KR Adoree’ Jackson (long jump) and ARIZONA STATE WR/KR Tim White (triple jump) attempted to make the USA squad, but came up short ... Former Cal running back Jahvid Best (100m) represented St. Lucia ... If the Pac-12 was considered a country, it’s student-athletes, both current and former, would have placed fifth in the medal count at the Rio Olympics:
USA (46 Gold, 37 Silver, 38 Bronze) 121
China (26 Gold, 18 Silver, 26 Bronze) 70
Great Britain (27 Gold, 23 Silver, 17 Bronze) 67
Russia (19 Gold, 18 Silver, 19 Bronze) 56
Pac-12 (25 Gold, 13 Silver, 17 Bronze) 55
|Fri., Sept. 30||Site||Local Time/TV|
|7/6 STANFORD (3-0) at 10/9 WASHINGTON (4-0)
Series: WASH leads, 41-31-14. Last: STAN 31-14 (2015)
Stanford has won 9 of the last 11 meetings. Prior to that, Washington had won 20 of 22 in the series.
|Husky Stadium (70,083)||6 p.m. PT
|Sat., Oct. 1||Site||Local Time/TV|
|OREGON STATE (1-2) at 31/37 COLORADO (3-1)
Series: OSU leads, 5-3-0. Last: COLO, 17-13 (2015)
Colorado snapped 14-game winless streak in Pac-12 play with win at OSU last year.
|Folsom Field (50,183)||12:30 p.m. MT
|18/18 UTAH (4-0) at CALIFORNIA (2-2)
Series: Series tied, 5-5-0. Last: UTAH, 30-24 (2015)
Utah has won 4 of the last 5. First game between the two teams at Memorial Stadium since 2000.
|Memorial Stadium (62,467)||3 p.m. PT
|26/28 ARIZONA STATE (4-0) at USC (1-3)
Series: USC leads, 19-12-0. Last: USC, 42-14 (2015)
The visitor has won the last two meetings. The winning team has averaged 42.8 ppg over the last six meetings.
|L.A. Memorial Coliseum (93,607)||5:30 p.m. PT
|nr/44 OREGON (3-0) at WASHINGTON STATE (1-2)
Series: ORE leads, 47-39-7. Last: WSU, 45-38 2OT (2015)
WSU snapped an eight-game skid in the series with a win at Oregon last year.
|Martin Stadium (32,952)||6:30 p.m. PT
|ARIZONA (2-2) at 34/t34 UCLA (2-2)
Series: UCLA leads, 23-15-2. Last: UCLA, 56-30 (2015)
UCLA has won the last four meetings, averaging 42.5 ppg
|Rose Bowl (80,616)||7:30 p.m. PT
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