This week in Pac-12 football
• The last time that both WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE defeated both OREGON and STANFORD in the same season was 2003.
• WASHINGTON is 6-0 to start the season for the first time since 1992 when it started the season 8-0.
• ARIZONA STATE PK Zane Gonzalez set an FBS career record with 89 field goals.
• UTAH P Mitch Wishnowsky leads the FBS in punting (50.5 avg) ... USC CB/WR/RET Adoree’ Jackson leads the FBS in punt returns (18.7 avg).
• The home team is 31-7 this season, and 13-5 in league play.
DIVISION CHAMPIONS: With WASHINGTON (3-0) and WASHINGTON STATE (2-0) the lone remaining teams undefeated in Pac-12 play, it’s worth noting that no team has come through Conference play unscathed since the league expanded to 12 teams. In four of the previous five seasons of Pac-12 play, the North Division champion finished Conference play with one loss. Only the 2013 season produced a North Division champion with more than one loss when Oregon and Stanford each finished tied at 7-2. While in the South Division, only once did the South Division produce a champion with less than two losses when ARIZONA STATE finished 8-1 in 2013.
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 six consecutive weeks, the longest stretch since it appeared in the last nine ranking periods during the 2000 season ... STANFORD drops from the Top 25 for the first time this season, ending a streak of 19 consecutive weeks in the poll. It also marks the first time that either OREGON, Stanford or USC has not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since Nov. 21, 1999. That was also the last time the Conference did not have a team ranked in the AP Top 25 ... On Oct. 2, COLORADO (No. 21) made its first appearance in the AP poll since 2005. It was the highest ranking for the Buffs since they were No. 17 the week of Sept. 7, 2003.
IN-ZANE: With three field goals in ARIZONA STATE’s 23-20 win over UCLA, Sun Devil senior PK Zane Gonzalez set the FBS record for career field goals with 89. He tied Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins (88, 2009-12) with his 88th career field goal with 12:10 remaining in the third quarter, then connected on his record-breaking kick with 12:28 left in the fourth quarter to provide Arizona State with its final points of the night. He continued to add to his Pac-12 career scoring record, now with 458 points. He needs nine more points to become the FBS career scoring leader by a kicker as well.
FBS CAREER FIELD GOALS
1. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State, 2013-16, 89
2. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 2009-12, 88
FBS CAREER SCORING BY A KICKER
1. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 2009-12, 466 points
2. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State, 2013-16, 458 points
MAKING A POINT: Fourteen FBS teams are averaging 42.0 or more points per game through the first six weeks of the season, three hail from the Pac-12 - No. 5 WASHINGTON (49.5 ppg), No. 9 WASHINGTON STATE (43.8 ppg), No. 14 CALIFORNIA (42.3 ppg). No other conference has more teams averaging better than 42.0 ppg than the Pac-12.
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. 15||Site||Local Time/TV|
|nr/33 USC (3-3) at ARIZONA (2-4)
Series: USC leads 30-8-0*. Last: USC, 38-30 (2015)
Each of the last 9 meetings have been decided by 8 or fewer points.
|Arizona Stadium (55,675)||12:30 p.m. PT
|21/21 UTAH (5-1) at OREGON STATE (2-3)
Series: OSU leads, 11-8-1. Last: UTAH, 27-12 (2015)
Utah has won the last 2 meetings in the series.
|Reser Stadium (45,674)||1:00 p.m. PT
|32/34 STANFORD (3-2) at Notre Dame (2-4)
Series: Notre Dame leads, 19-11-0. Last: STAN: 38-36 (2015)
The home team has won each of the last 5 meetings. Stanford has won 5 of the last 7.
|Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)||7:30 p.m. ET
|27/24 ARIZONA STATE (5-1) at 33/36 COLORADO (4-2)
Series: ASU leads, 7-0-0. Last: ASU 48-23 (2015)
Arizona State has averaged 47.8 points in each of the last 5 meetings.
|Folsom Field (50,183)||6:00 p.m. MT
|UCLA (3-3) at t36/35 WASHINGTON STATE (3-2)
Series: UCLA leads, 40-19-1. Last: WSU, 31-27 (2015)
UCLA has won 5 of the last 6 in the series. The last 3 meetings have been determined by 8 or fewer points.
|Martin Stadium (32,952)||7:30 p.m. PT
|Open Date||CALIFORNIA (3-3)||Next: Oct. 21 vs. OREGON|
|OREGON (2-4)||Next: Oct. 21 at CALIFORNIA|
|5/5 WASHINGTON (6-0)||Next: Oct. 22 vs. OREGON STATE|
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