This week in Pac-12 football

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• WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE are both 4-0 in league play for the first time since 1997 when both teams started league play at 5-0. At 7-0 overall, the Huskies are off to their best start since 1992 when they started 8-0.

• USC’s Adoree’ Jackson and WASHINGTON’s Budda Baker are two of 16 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award honoring the nation’s top defensive back. 

• The home team is 35-12 this season, and 17-10 in league play.

DIVISION CHAMPIONS: With WASHINGTON (4-0) and WASHINGTON STATE (4-0) 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 eight 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. 

RECORD BREAKERS: Last weekend’s games featured some record-breaking performances. Here’s a look at the stellar numbers:

    118 plays - Cal set FBS record for most plays in a game
    203 plays - Cal (118) and Oregon (88) set an FBS record for most plays in a game by both teams
    
40 first downs - Cal set a school single-game record with 40 first downs
    
332 rushing yards - Utah’s Joe Williams set school single-game rushing record (fourth-best in Pac-12)

PUNT, PASS & KICK: UTAH junior P Mitch Wishnowsky leads the Pac-12 and is second in the FBS in punting with a 48.1 average and has twice been named the national Ray Guy Punter of the Week. He’s placed 20 of his 38 punts inside the 20, and has not had a touchback since the first game of the season. In addition to Wishnowsky, two other Pac-12 punters are listed among the FBS Top 10 - No. 8 Matt Haack, ARIZONA STATE (46.8 avg) and No. 10 Jake Bailey, STANFORD (45.4 avg) ... Four Pac-12 quarterbacks are ranked among the FBS Top 25 in passing efficiency - No. 2 Jake Browning, WASHINGTON (199.6), No. 7 Sam Darnold, USC ((167.3), No. 13 Sefo Liufau, COLORADO (157.9) and No. 20 Steven Montez, COLORADO (151.4). Three different Pac-12 quarterbacks are among the FBS leaders in completions per game and passing yards per game - Luke Falk, WASHINGTON STATE (No. 1 36.14 completions per game, No. 4 358.7 yards game), Davis Webb, CALIFORNIA (No. 3 32.14 completions per game, No. 3 368.7 yards per game) and Josh Rosen, UCLA (No. 15 22.83 completions per game, No. 11 319.2 yards per game) ...  ARIZONA STATE senior PK Zane Gonzalez, the FBS career record holder with 93 career field goals, leads the FBS in field goals per game (2.50). CALIFORNIA’s Matt Anderson is No. 6 (1.86 field goals per game), while UTAH’s Andy Phillips is No. 18 (1.63 per game).

ON THE RUN: UTAH senior RB Joe Williams has rushed for 586 yards (146.5 per game/6.9 avg per carry). But since he has only played in four of his team’s eight games, he does not qualify for the league’s statistical rankings. Only three other Pac-12 running backs haver rushed for more yards than Williams this season - COLORADO’s Phillip Lindsay (8 games - 745 yards/93.1 avg), WASHINGTON’S Myles Gaskin (7 games - 727 yards/103.9 per game) and STANFORD’s Christian McCaffrey (6 games - 612 yards/102.0 per game).

10-5?: When Colorado defeated Stanford 10-5 last Saturday, the two teams combined for the fewest points in a league game since Stanford defeated California 10-3 on Nov. 21, 1998. 

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

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Thurs., Oct. 27 Site Local Time/TV
CALIFORNIA (4-3) at 31/31 USC (4-3)
Series: USC leads 67-30-5*. Last: USC, 27-21 (2015)
USC has won the last 12, and 14 of the last 15. The lone Cal win was a 34-31 3OT affair in 2003.
LA Memorial Coliseum (93,607) 7:30 p.m. PT
ESPN
Sat., Oct. 29 Site Local Time/TV
4/4 WASHINGTON (7-0) at 17/16 UTAH (7-1)
Series: WASH leads, 8-1-0. Last: UTAH, 24-23 (2015)
Just the second game between the two teams at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807) 1:30 MT
FS1
ARIZONA STATE (5-3) at OREGON (2-5)
Series: ORE leads, 18-16-0. Last: ORE, 61-55 3OT (2015)
Oregon has won the last nine meetings in the series. Last ASU win in the series came at Oregon in 2004.
Autzen Stadium (54,000) 2:00 p.m. PT
PAC12/PACAZ/PACOR
26/26 WASHINGTON STATE (5-2) at OREGON STATE (2-5)
Series: WSU leads, 50-47-3. Last: WSU, 52-31 (2015)
WSU has won the last two meetings after OSU had won six of the previous seven.
Reser Stadium (45,674) 7:45 p.m. PT
ESPN2
STANFORD (4-3) at ARIZONA (2-5)
Series: STAN leads, 15-14-0. Last: STAN, 55-17 (2015)
Stanford has won the last four in the series, and nine of the last 11 meetings.
Arizona Stadium (55,675) 8:00 p.m. PT
FS1
     
Open Date 23/23 COLORADO (6-2) Next: Thurs., Nov. 3 vs. UCLA
  UCLA (3-5) Next: Thurs., Nov. 3 at COLORADO

* Not included one win vacated due to NCAA penalty

 

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