This week in Pac-12 football
• WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE are both 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1997 when both teams started league play at 5-0.
• WASHINGTON is 6-0 to start the season for the first time since 1992 when it started the season 8-0.
• WASHINGTON STATE WR River Cracraft needs four receptions to reach 200 for his career. In doing so, he’ll join Gabe Marks as the first set of Pac-12 teammates to each have 200 career receptions.
• ARIZONA STATE PK Zane Gonzalez set an FBS career scoring record for a kicker with 468 points.
OFFICIAL STATISTICS CORRECTION: The official stats for the Stanford-Notre Dame game have been corrected to award a rushing touchdown to Stanford RB Bryce Love. With 10:38 remaining in the fourth quarter, Love was tackled at the goal line where he apparently fumbled the ball, which was then recovered in the end zone by teammate JJ Arcega-Whiteside. After review, it was confirmed Love scored the touchdown before he lost the ball. However, the referee’s on-field explanation did not reflect that the touchdown should have been awarded to Love as the ball broke the plane of the goal line before it came loose.
DIVISION CHAMPIONS: With WASHINGTON (3-0) and WASHINGTON STATE (3-0) 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 seven consecutive weeks, the longest stretch since it appeared in the last nine ranking periods during the 2000 season ... STANFORD dropped from the Top 25 on Oct. 10, ending a streak of 19 consecutive weeks in the poll. It also marked 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.
PUNT, PASS & KICK: UTAH junior P Mitch Wishnowsky leads the FBS in punting with a 49.1 average and has twice been named the national Ray Guy Punter of the Week. He’s placed 15 of his 31 punts inside the 20, and has not had a touchback since the first game of the season. Only one other punter in Conference history has averaged better than 49.0 yards per punt for an entire season (Kirk Wilson, UCLA, 1956, 49.3 avg) ... WASHINGTON sophomore QB Jake Browning leads the FBS in passing efficiency (204.9), while WASHINGTON STATE junior QB Luke Falk leads the FBS in completions per game (35.17) ... ARIZONA STATE senior PK Zane Gonzalez leads the FBS in field goals per game (2.71). Gonzalez keeps adding his name to the FBS record book. In addition to setting the FBS career field goal record (now at 92) during ASU’s win over UCLA (Oct. 8), he added 10 points at Colorado to set the FBS record for career points scored by a kicker. With 468 career points, he passed Florida State’s Dustin Hopkins (466, 2009-12). In the Colorado game, he tied an FBS record for most field goals made from 50+ yards with three (51, 50, 59). His 59-yarder established a school record and tied for the second longest in Pac-12 play.
FBS CAREER FIELD GOALS
1. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State, 2013-16, 92
2. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 2009-12, 88
FBS CAREER SCORING BY A KICKER
1. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona State, 2013-16, 468 points
2. Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 2009-12, 466 points
MAKING A POINT: Fourteen FBS teams are averaging 41.0 or more points per game through the first seven weeks of the season, three hail from the Pac-12 - No. 3 WASHINGTON (49.5 ppg), No. 12 CALIFORNIA (42.3 ppg), No. 14 WASHINGTON STATE (41.0 ppg). No other conference has more teams averaging better than 41.0 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
|Fri., Oct. 21||Site||Local Time/TV|
|OREGON (2-4) at CALIFORNIA (3-3)
Series: ORE leads, 40-36-2. Last: ORE, 44-28 (2015)
Oregon has won 7 in a row in the series, averaging 52.0 ppg in the last five games
|Memorial Stadium (62,467)||7:30 p.m. PT
|Sat., Oct. 22||Site||Local Time/TV|
|26/26 COLORADO (5-2) at 32/33 STANFORD (4-2)
Series: STAN leads, 6-3-0. Last: STAN, 42-10 (2015)
Stanford has won 5 straight in the series and is 3-0 vs. CU at Stanford Stadium.
|Stanford Stadium (50,000)||12 noon PT
|19/18 UTAH (6-1) at UCLA (2-4)
Series: UCLA leads, 11-3-0. Last: UCLA, 17-9 (2015)
Utah defeated UCLA, 30-28 in the last meeting in the Rose Bowl.
|Rose Bowl (80,616)||1:00 p.m. PT
|OREGON STATE (2-4) at 5/5 WASHINGTON (6-0)
Series: WASH leads, 62-34-4. Last: WASH, 52-7 (2015)
Washington has won the last 4 meetings. OSU's last win in Seattle came in 2008.
|Husky Stadium (70,083)||3:30 p.m. PT
|29/30 WASHINGTON STATE (4-2) at 34/t38 ARIZONA STATE (5-2)
Series: ASU leads, 62-34-4. Last: WASH, 52-7 (2015)
ASU has won 10 of the last 12 meetings with WSU picking up wins in 2011 and 2015
|Sun Devil Stadium (56,232)||7:00 p.m. MT
|Open Date||ARIZONA (2-5)||Next: Oct. 29 vs. STANFORD|
|USC (4-3)||Next: Oct. 27 vs. CALIFORNIA|
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