This week in Pac-12 football
• WASHINGTON STATE is 7-0 in league play for first time in school history. Since the Conference expanded to 12 teams in 2011, no team has gone undefeated in league play.
DECIDING THE NORTH
Washington and Washington State control their own destiny should either team win their last two conference games (final game is the Apple Cup). However, WSU could clinch the North this weekend if it wins at Colorado, coupled with an Arizona State win at Washington.
DECIDING THE SOUTH
Colorado and Utah control their own destiny should either team win their last two conference games (final game is Utah at Colorado). However, USC can clinch the South as early as this weekend, but it must win at UCLA, then have Oregon defeat Utah and Washington State defeat Colorado. If Colorado defeats Washington State, then USC can clinch if it wins at UCLA, Oregon defeats Utah and then Utah defeats Colorado.
DIVISION CHAMPIONS: With WASHINGTON STATE (7-0) the lone remaining team 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.
CFP RANKINGS: WASHINGTON entered the first CFP ranking of the season at No. 5, then rose to No. 4 in week two. However, it may fall from the top four after losing to No. 20 USC ... Week two’s rankings listed five Pac-12 teams, it’s the ninth time in 15 CFP rankings that the Pac-12 was representing by five or more teams ... UTAH is one of five schools (also Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State) that has appeared in all 15 CFP rankings (7 in 2014, 6 in 2015, 2 in 2016).
POLL NOTES: WASHINGTON appearance in the Top 10 this season, eight different Pac-12 teams have now appeared in the AP Top 10 over the last three seasons. Washington has been in the AP Top 10 for 11 consecutive weeks, the longest stretch in the Top 10 since it appeared in the Top 10 12 straight weeks in 1997 ... 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 had 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. The Buffs are No. 12 in this week’s poll, the highest placing since it was slotted at No. 12 the week of Dec. 1, 2002.
PILING UP THE POINTS: WASHINGTON STATE has scored 50 or more points a record four times this season. It’s 125 combined points in back-to-back games (69 vs. Arizona, 56 vs. California) are the most ever for the Cougars over two games ... Seventeen times a Pac-12 team has topped 50 points in a game this season ... Washington State is averaging 44.3 points per game, ahead of the pace for its single-season school record (40.3 ppg set in 2007) ... WASHINGTON, which leads the Pac-12 with 44.8 points per game, is on pace to pass its single-season school record of 41.9 ppg set in 1991 ... At 37.8 points per game, CALIFORNIA is just 0.4 points behind its modern-era mark of 38.2 ppg established in 2014.
REVOLVING QUARTERBACKS: A total of 22 different quarterbacks have started this season, led by ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE with three each. Only CALIFORNIA, UTAH, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE has started the same signal-caller for each of their games this season.
3 - Arizona, Arizona State (combined record: 7-13)
2 - Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC (combined record: 30-28)
1 - California, Utah, Washington, Washington State (combined record: 29-11)
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., Nov. 19||Site||Local Time/TV|
|OREGON (3-7) at 11/11 UTAH (8-2)
Series: ORE leads, 20-9-0. Last: UTAH, 62-20 (2015)
Utes are just 4-9 at home all-time against Oregon, with ast home win vs. Ducks in 2003 (17-13).
|Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,807)||12 p.m. MT
|20/20 WASHINGTON STATE (8-2) at 12/12 COLORADO (8-2)
Series: COLO leads, 5-4-0. Last: WSU, 27-3 (2015)
WSU has won its last two in Boulder (2011, 2003) and is 3-2 at Folsom Field.
|Folsom Field (50,183)||1:30 p.m. MT
|STANFORD (7-3) at CALIFORNIA (4-6)
Series: STAN leads, 61-46-11. Last: STAN, 35-22 (2015)
Stanford has won the last six meetings. Five of the six wins were by double digits (average margin, 27.2 ppg)
|Memorial Stadium (62,467)||2:30 p.m. PT
|ARIZONA STATE (5-5) at 7/7 WASHINGTON (9-1)
Series: ASU leads, 18-15-0*. Last: ASU, 27-17 (2015)
Arizona State has won 10 straight in the series.
|Husky Stadium (70,083)||4:30 p.m. PT
|15/20 USC (7-3) at UCLA (4-6)
Series: USC leads, 45-31-7*. Last: USC, 40-21 (2015)
UCLA has won three of last four, but USC has taken 13 of last 17 in the series.
|Rose Bowl (80,616)||7:30 p.m. PT
|ARIZONA (2-8) at OREGON STATE (2-8)
Series: ARIZ leads, 22-14-1. Last: ARIZ, 44-7 (2015)
Oregon State has won 12 of the last 15 in the series.
|Reser Stadium (45,674)||7:30 p.m. PT
Rankings listed (AP/Coaches poll)
* Not included one win vacated due to NCAA penalty
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