This week in Pac-12 football
• COLORADO leads the Pac-12 South Division—the last time the Buffs led a division by themselves was after the games of Oct. 6, 2007, when they were 2-0 in the Big 12 North.
• WASHINGTON looks to move to 6-0 to start the season for the first time since 1992 when it started the season 8-0.
• ARIZONA STATE PK Zane Gonzalez is two field goals shy of matching the FBS career record of 88 set by Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins (2009-12).
• The home team is 27-5 this season, and 9-3 in league play.
FWAA HONORS WASHINGTON: The Football Writers Association of America has selected the Washington Huskies as their National Team of the Week for their 44-6 victory over No. 7 Stanford.
SEPTEMBER PLAYMAKERS: The first month of the season has delivered some spectacular performances. WASHINGTON sophomore QB Jake Browning is second in the FBS in passing efficiency (196.3) and third in the TD passes (17) as the Huskies have averaged a Pac-12-leading 45.4 points per game, while the UW defense has been holding the opposition to a league-best 12.8 points per game. The Huskies are one of four teams that is among the FBS Top 10 in scoring offense (7th) and scoring defense (8th) (also Ohio State, Miami (FL), Michigan) ... CALIFORNIA senior QB Davis Webb has an FBS-best 22 TD passes and is averaging a league-leading 428.6 passing yards per game. His primary target has been junior WR Chad Hansen, who has pulled in 11.0 receptions per game, for 150.8 yards per game and 8 TDs ... COLORADO has vaulted into the Top 25 behind quarterbacks Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez. Liufau completed 54-of-76 for 768 yards and 6 TDs with no interceptions before getting injured at Michigan, then Montez stepped in and is 42-of-60 for 626 yards and 6 TDs with a pair of interceptions over the last two games. The CU secondary has led a resurgent Buff defense as it is responsible for a league-best 88.78 passing efficiency defense (3rd in FBS) as it allows just 150.4 passing yards per game ... UTAH sophomore P Mitch Wishnowsky has been above and beyond impersonating two-time Ray Guy Award winner Tom Hackett. Wishnowsky is leading the FBS with a 50.6 avg and eight of his 20 points downed inside the 20-yard line ... ARIZONA STATE senior PK Zane Gonzalez set the Pac-12 career scoring record earlier this season (447 points and counting) and is on the verge of establishing an FBS record for career field goals. He’s at 86 and needs three to pass Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins (88, 2009-12). Gonzalez is currently average 2.6 FG per game (2nd in FBS).
POLL NOTES: Four Pac-12 teams appear in this week’s AP poll. It’s the first time that four or more teams have been ranked in the AP poll since the preseason poll ... At No. 21, COLORADO makes its first appearance in the AP poll since 2005 when it was No. 22 during the week of Nov. 6. It’s the highest ranking for the Buffs since they were No. 17 the week of Sept. 7, 2003 ... 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 five consecutive weeks, the longest stretch since it appeared in the last nine ranking periods during the 2000 season.
IN-ZANE: ARIZONA STATE senior PK Zane Gonzalez is quickly approaching the FBS record for career field goals. His 86 career field goals are a school and Pac-12 record and are third on the FBS all-time list led by Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins (88). He moved ahead of UCLA’s Kai Forbath’s Pac-12 record of 85 set in 2007-10. He also moved past former Bruin Ka’imi Fairbairn (413 points, 2012-15) 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 447 points.
NCAA CAREER FIELD GOALS
1. Dustin Hopkins, Florida St. 2009-12, 88
2. Billy Bennett, Georgia 2000-03, 87
3. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State, 2013-16, 86
MAKING A POINT: Nineteen FBS teams are averaging 42.0 or more points per game through the first five weeks of the season, five hail from the Pac-12 - No. 7 WASHINGTON (45.4 ppg), No. 11 WASHINGTON STATE (44.3 ppg), No. 16 COLORADO (43.2 ppg), No. 17 ARIZONA STATE (43.0 ppg) and No. 19 CALIFORNIA (42.0).
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
|Sat., Oct. 1||Site||Local Time/TV|
|21/23 COLORADO (4-1) at nr/41 USC (2-3)
Series: USC leads, 10-0-0. Last: USC, 27-24 (2015)
USC has averaged 43.7 ppg in the last six meetings. Colorado is averaging 27.0 ppg in the last three meetings.
|L.A. Memorial Coliseum (93,607)||1 p.m. PT
|5/6 WASHINGTON (5-0) at OREGON (2-3)
Series: WASH leads, 58-45-5. Last: ORE, 26-20 (2015)
Oregon has won the last 12 meetings, the longest such streak in the series.
|Autzen Stadium (54,000)||4:30 p.m. PT
|39/40 CALIFORNIA (3-2) at OREGON STATE (1-3)
Series: CAL leads, 36-32-0. Last: CAL, 54-24 (2015)
California has won the last two, and three of the last five against Oregon State.
|Reser Stadium (45,807)||6 p.m. PT
|ARIZONA (2-3) at 24/24 UTAH (4-1)
Series: UTAH leads, 20-19-2. Last: ARIZ, 37-30 2OT (2015)
Arizona has won the last four meetings.
|Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807)||8 p.m. MT
|WASHINGTON STATE(2-2) at 15/15 STANFORD (3-1)
Series: STAN leads, 40-25-1. Last: STAN, 30-28 (2015)
Stanford has won the last eight meetings, equaling its longest winning streak in the series.
|Stanford Stadium (50,000)||7:30 p.m. PT
|27/31 UCLA (3-2) at 36/39 ARIZONA STATE (4-1)
Series: UCLA leads, 19-12-1. Last: ASU, 38-23 (2015)
The teams have split the last four meetings with the visiting team winning each time.
|Sun Devil Stadium (56,232)||7:30 p.m. PT
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