This Week in Pac-10 Football (11/20/00)

Nov. 20, 2000

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STILL SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Still one final Conference game to play as ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE meet at Tucson in their annual desert grudge match on Fri., Nov. 24. And, for the second year in a row, the prize is a post-season bowl trip. In addition, USC hosts Notre Dame on Sat., Nov. 25 in the nation's premier intersectional rivalry.

ROSE BOWL CREDENTIALS: Credential requests for the 2001 Rose Bowl Game are now being accepted. Requests must be on letterhead and should be mailed or faxed to: Jim Muldoon, Rose Bowl Game Media Director, Pacific-10 Conference, 800 S. Broadway, Suite 400, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Fax: 925-932-4601. Priority will be given to media organizations that staffed the two competing teams during the year and news organizations that have traditionally staffed the Rose Bowl Game. All other requests will be evaluated on a space-available basis.


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ROSES FOR WASHINGTON--THREE-WAY TIE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP: Washington, Oregon State and Oregon all finished at 7-1 in league play to earn a piece of the Pac-10 championship. The Huskies earned the Pac-10's Rose Bowl berth, making UW the seventh different Pac-10 team to advance to the Rose Bowl in the last seven years. With Purdue coming out from the Big Ten, there have been six different Big Ten teams over those seven years. Oregon State posted its first 10-win season ever and its first piece of the Conference championship since 1964.

THE BOWL PICTURE: In addition to Washington, Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA have the requisite six wins necessary to be bowl eligible. The winner of the Arizon-Arizona State game will get its sixth win and earn a spot in the Pac-10 bowl mix. And a reminder, in addition to the Rose Bowl berth, a second Pac-10 team is eligible for consideration for an at-large Bowl Championship Series berth.

PAC-10 BOWL PARTNERS:	Sun., Dec. 24	Jeep O'ahu Bowl, 5:30 PST (ESPN)	Mon., Dec. 25	Jeep Aloha Bowl, 12:30 PST (ABC)	Fri., Dec. 29	Wells Fargo Sun Bowl, 11:00 PST (CBS)	Fri., Dec. 29	Culligan Holiday Bowl, 5:30 PST (ESPN)	Mon., Jan. 1	Rose Bowl presented by AT&T, 2:00 PST (ABC)

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams--OREGON, WASHINGTON and OREGON STATE--remain ranked in the Top 10 in the polls. Oregon State's No. 5 ranking is its highest ever in the AP poll. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls and the BCS rankings:

					USA/	Team			AP	ESPN	BCS	Washington (10-1)	4	4	4	Oregon State (10-1)	5	6	5	Oregon (9-2)		10	11	10


ARIZONA STATE (5-5) at ARIZONA (5-5) - Fri., Nov. 24 - 3:00 MST/2:00 PST - FOX Sports Net - The Series: Arizona and Arizona State are old desert rivals that have met 73 times dating to 1899 and uninterrupted since 1946. Arizona has had the best of the series of late and holds a 42-30-1 series lead over ASU. The Wildcats have won five of the last seven, although the Sun Devils posted the win last year. In 41 games played at Tucson, UA leads 27-14, although the teams have split the last four. . . . Last Year: The circumstances were similar as a winning season and a bowl berth awaited the winner of Arizona-Arizona State at sun-drenched Tempe. The teams were tied at 14-14 at the half, but the Sun Devils pulled away in the second stanza to post a 42-27 victory and the right to start thinking aloha. It was a day for offense as the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards (with no turnovers). ASU posted a season-high 558 yards total offense (226 rushing, 332 passing) and Arizona responded with 468 yards and three plays of 80-plus yards. For the victorious Sun Devils, QB Ryan Kealy passed for 287 yards and two TDs, TB Delvon Flowers rushed for 103 yards and two scores, WR Richard Williams had six catches for 149 yards and two TDs and TE Todd Heap added seven receptions for 170 yards and one TD.

NOTRE DAME (8-2) at USC (5-6) - Sat., Nov. 25 - 12:30 PST - ABC national telecast - The Series: The most storied intersectional rivalry of them all dates back to the days of Knute Rockne and Howard Jones. USC and Notre Dame have met 71 times dating back to 1926 and uninterrupted except for the war years of 1943-45. The Fighting Irish lead the series 40-26-5. Notre Dame won at South Bend last year to snap a three-game SC winning streak. The Trojans have won the last two games played at Los Angeles. . . . Last Year: USC and Notre Dame met at South Bend and the Fighting Irish scored 22 unanswered second-half points to post a 25-24 comeback win. It was all Trojans in the first half as QB Mike Van Raaphorst, who threw for a career-high 298 yards, hit a couple of touchdown passes and SC bolted out to a 21-0 lead. But in the second half, the weather deteriorated and so did Troy's play as Notre Dame rallied for the victory.

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just one regular season non-conference game remaining (Notre Dame at USC, Nov. 25), the Pac-10 has had an outstanding season against outside competition. The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at 23-7 (.767) overall and 22-7 (.759) vs. Division IA opponents, the best of any BCS conference. Of the Pac-10's seven losses, four have come to teams ranked in the Top 25. The Pac-10 has a remarkable 5-4 record against Top 25 teams and has posted four wins against teams ranked in the Top 5 with UCLA knocking off No. 3 Alabama and No. 3 Michigan, Washington defeating No. 4 Miami and Stanford handling No. 5 Texas. Following are the non-conference records of the BCS conferences vs. Division IA opponents:

	Conference			W	L	Pct.	1.	Pac-10			22	7	.759	2.	Big 12			23	9	.719	3.	Big East		20	8	.714	4.	Southeastern		22	9	.710	5.	Atlantic Coast		16	7	.696	6.	Big Ten			21	12	.636

AWARD TIME: California DE Andre Carter has been named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the best defensive player in college football. . . . UCLA FL Freddie Mitchell has been named one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff award, given to the nation's top wide receiver. . . . Three Pac-10 punters are among the 10 finalists for the inaugural Ray Guy Award that will recognize the nation's top punter. The three Pac-10 booters are Kurtis Doerr of Oregon, Nick Harris of California and Nick Murphy of Arizona State.


Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 2 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA Joe Tafoya, DE, ARIZ Nick Murphy, P, ASUSep. 9 Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, UW Andre Carter, DE, CAL David Newbury, PK, USCSep. 16 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Larry Tripplett, NT, UW Nick Harris, P, CALSep. 23 Maurice Morris, TB, ORE DeLawrence Grant, DE, OSU Keith Lewis, ST, ORESep. 30 Ken Simonton, TB, OSU Idris Haroon, DE, ARIZ Kurtis Doerr, P, OREOct. 7 Paul Arnold, TB, UW Michael Jolivette, CB, ARIZ Anousith Wilaikul, PK, WSUOct. 14 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Nnamdi Asomugha, FS, CAL Gary Love, RS/ST, ARIZOct. 21 Jonathan Smith, QB, OSU Saul Patu, DE, ORE Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUOct. 28 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE Andre Carter, DE, CAL Jemeel Powell, PR, CALNov. 4 Willie Hurst, TB, UW Darrell Daniels, ILB, UW Josh Frankel, PK, ORENov. 11 Rich Alexis, TB, UW Coy Wire, ILB, STAN Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUNov. 18 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Jake Cookus, SS, OSU David Bell, PK USC


CURRENT STREAKS: Longest winning streak -7 games - Washington Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - Washington Longest home winning streak - 20 games - Oregon Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Oregon State and Washington

HOME WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT: 35 Florida State 20 Oregon

HOME WINNING STREAKS--ALL-TIME PAC-10: 26 California, 1919-23 20 Oregon, 1997-2000 20 USC, 1927-29

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 39 Conference games to date, home teams have gone just 19-20.

CLOSE FINISHES/OVERTIME GAMES: To say close game have been the rule in the Pac-10 this year is an understatement. In 39 Conference games played to date, 22 have been decided by seven or fewer points, 24 by eight or fewer. Every Pac-10 team except Oregon State and Washington have been involved in an overtime game this year, with Arizona State and Washington State playing in three such contests each. The Sun Devils established a NCAA record by playing in three consecutive overtime contests. There have been a record seven Conference games to go into overtime this season.

GEOGRAPHY: Three Pacific Northwest teams finished 1-2-3 in the Conference standings for the first time since 1941.

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