This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 25, 2001
COMING UP: The elongated regular season comes to a close this week with three final games. OREGON STATE is at OREGON (ABC) in the annual Civil War with sole possession of the Pac-10 title on the line for the Ducks and a winning season in the balance for the Beavers. In other games, ARIZONA STATE travels to UCLA and STANFORD is at San Jose State.
Arizona 34, Arizona State 21
California 20, Rutgers 10
Stanford 17, Notre Dame 13
Miami 65, Washington 7
THE RACE: A win by Oregon vs. Oregon State in the Civil War this week gives the Ducks sole possession of the Pac-10 title. Should OSU knock off Oregon, it would create an unprecedented four-way tie for the league crown. The Ducks own all the tie-breakers and would still receive the Pac-10's automatic berth in a BCS bowl. That berth is in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, unless circumstances should vault Oregon into first or second in the BCS standings and propel them to the National Championship Game in the Rose Bowl.
BOWL ELIGIBLE/PAC-10 BOWL PARTNERS: Six teams--Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, USC and UCLA--all have the requisite six wins needed to be bowl eligible. Oregon State is one win away with one to play. The Pac-10 has five guaranteed bowl slots with the following bowl partners:
Day/DateTime (PT) Game TVOpponentTue., Dec. 25 12:30 Sega Sports Las Vegas Bowl ABC Mountain WestThu., Dec. 27 1:00 Seattle Bowl ESPN ACCFri., Dec. 28 5:30 Culligan Holiday Bowl ESPN Big 12Mon., Dec. 31 11:00 Wells Fargo Sun Bowl CBS Big 10Tue., Jan. 1 2:00 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ABC Big 12
Oregon is guaranteed the Pac-10's automatic berth in the BCS and will participate in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl unless events should land the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. The selection order for the other Pac-10 bowl partners goes Holiday-Sun-Seattle-Las Vegas. The bowls must select Pac-10 teams in the order in which they finish in the Conference standings, but may choose between or among teams tied in the standings, as is the case this year.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Four Pac-10 teams remain ranked in the polls, all in the Top 20. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
Team AP ESPNOregon (9-1) 4 5Stanford (8-2) 12 12Washington State (9-2) 13 14Washington (8-3) 19 20
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF DEC. 1:
OREGON STATE (5-5) AT OREGON (9-1) - The Civil War - 1:30 PST - ABC - The Series: Oregon and Oregon State hook up in the 105th renewal of the Civil War, the longest college football series on the West Coast. The teams first met in 1894 and Oregon leads the series 52-42-10 by virtue of going 20-5-1 since 1975. OSU, however, has won two of the last three. The Ducks have won the last three at Eugene. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Oregon State met at chilly Corvallis in what many called the biggest Civil War game of all time. Each team was 9-1 and ranked in the Top 10, with the Ducks coming in at No. 5 and the Beavers at No. 8. OSU jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead on two TD passes by QB Jonathan Smith and were never headed in taking a 23-13 win. It gave the Beavers their first-ever 10-win season and resulted in a three-way tie for the Pac-10 title among OSU, Oregon and Washington. Duck QB Joey Harrington passed for 333 yards, but was intercepted five time after entering the game with just seven picks the whole season. Three of the interceptions were at the hands of Beaver FS Jake Cookus. OSU TB Ken Simonton wrapped up the Pac-10 rushing title by running for 113 yards and a TD.
ARIZONA STATE (4-6) at UCLA (6-4) - 2:00 PST/3:00 MST - The Series: UCLA and Arizona State have met 18 times with the Bruins leading the series 11-6-1. The Sun Devils, however, have won five of the last seven overall and three of the last four at the Rose Bowl. Three of the last four games have been decided by eight or fewer points. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona State met at the Rose Bowl and the Sun Devils burst out to an early 21-0 lead. But UCLA matched its largest ever comeback by overcoming that deficit with a 28-point third quarter explosion that led to a 38-31 win. Bruin QB Cory Paus, playing in his first full game of the year after an injury early in UCLA's opener, tossed two TD passes and directed the Bruins to 500 yards total offense. UCLA TB DeShaun Foster went out early with a broken hand, but TB Akil Harris took advantage of the first extensive action of his career to rush for 100 yards and two TDs and the Bruins piled up 233 yards on the ground. For ASU, TB Mike Williams rushed for 97 yards and two scores on just 10 carries and the Devils passed for 365 yards against the Bruin defense.
STANFORD (8-2) at SAN JOSE STATE (3-8) - 2:00 PST - The Series: Stanford-San Jose State is an old neighborhood rivalry that dates back to 1900. The teams have met 56 times with the Cardinal holding a commanding 42-13-1 series advantage. However, the Spartans have won the last three years. San Jose has never defeated Stanford four consecutive times. All but two of the previous games have been played at Stanford. The Cardinal won the only two played at San Jose in 1900 and 1995. . . . Last Year: Stanford and San Jose State met early in the season at Palo Alto and the Spartans stunned the Cardinal for the third consecutive year with a 40-27 win. San Jose State RB Deonce Whitaker rushed for a career-high 254 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12.1 yards per carry in the process. In all, the Spartans amassed 304 yards rushing and 483 yards total offense. The Stanford offense was hardly somnolent itself in piling up a season-high 614 yards total offense (259 rushing, 373 passing). Card QB Randy Fasani passed for a career-high 373 yards and four TDs, but suffered four sacks. FL Jamien McCullum had the first two TD receptions of his career for Stanford.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has posted a stellar 23-6 (.793) mark vs. non-conference foes, 21-6 (.778) vs. Division I-A opponents. Included is an excellent 4-2 mark against teams rated in the Top 25.
HOME/ROAD RECORDS: In 38 Conference games to date this year, the home team holds a slim 21-17 advantage.
DEADLOCKED: Should Oregon State defeat Oregon in the Civil War at Eugene on Dec. 1, the result would be a four-way tie for the Pac-10 championship among Oregon, Stanford, Washington and Washington State. There has never been a four-way tie for the championship in league history. On three occasions the league has had three teams tie for the title, including last year with Washington, Oregon and Oregon State. The other three-way ties came in 1935, 1959 and 1993.