This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 31, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: The calendar turns to November and much is still at stake in terms of record and bowl positioning. The Pac-10 has a full slate of Conference games with ARIZONA at WASHINGTON, STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE (FSN), OREGON at CALIFORNIA (ABC), USC at OREGON STATE (FSN) AND WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA. Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Nov. 6 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Year--/-- Arizona (1-7) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PST Washington leads 14-5-1--/-- Washington (1-7) Seattle, WA Arizona 27-22
t33/t32 Oregon (5-3) Memorial Stadium (73,000) 12:30 PST California leads 35-29-24/6 California (6-1) Berkeley, CA ABC Oregon 21-17
--/-- Washington State (3-5) Rose Bowl (91,136) 12:30 PST UCLA leads 34-15-131/35 UCLA (5-3) Pasadena, CA Washington State 31-13
--/-- Stanford (4-4) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 4:30 MST Arizona State leads 12-823/23 Arizona State (6-2) Tempe, AZ FSN Stanford 38-27
1/1 USC (8-0) Reser Stadium (35,362) 7:00 PST USC leads 56-8-4--/-- Oregon State (4-4) Corvallis, OR FSN USC 52-28
UCLA 21, Stanford 0
Oregon State 28, Arizona 14
Oregon 31, Washington 6
USC 42, Washington State 12
California 27, Arizona State 0
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PAC-10 COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season. The calls will be conducted every Tuesday through Nov. 16. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes with the calls starting at 10:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. MT. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/4:00 MT following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media only number for both the live teleconference or the taped replay. Following is the schedule for the coaches' teleconferences:
Tuesday (PT/MT) Call Schedule 10:00 a.m./11:00 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 10:10 a.m./11:10 a.m. Mike Stoops - Arizona 10:20 a.m./11:20 a.m. Mike Riley - Oregon State 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m. Karl Dorrell - UCLA 10:40 a.m./11:40 a.m. Pete Carroll - USC 10:50 a.m./11:50 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford 11:00 a.m./12:00 noon Dirk Koetter - Arizona State 11:10 a.m./12:10 p.m. Bill Doba - Washington State 11:20 a.m./12:20 p.m. Jeff Tedford - California 11:30 a.m./12:30 p.m. Keith Gilbertson - Washington
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the head coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games, plus highlight footage. The 30-minute feed airs every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PT/12:00 noon MT (2:00 ET) through Dec. 1. Coordinates for the feed are IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 805-231-3229 or pager 888-451-5861, or Michelle Zumalt at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
Dates: Wednesdays, Sep. 8 through Dec. 1 Time: 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PT/MT (2:00 ET) Coordinates: IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band)
MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY: Is this Thu., Nov. 4, 2004, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Hilton Los Angeles Airport
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Nov. 612:30 PT/1:30 MT Oregon at California ABC (regional)3:30 PT/4:30 MT Stanford at Arizona State FSN (national)7:00 PT/8:00 MT USC at Oregon State FSN (national)
Sat., Nov. 1312:30 PT/1:30 MT TBA ABC (regional)4:00 PT/5:00 MT TBA TBS (national)7:15 PT/8:15 MT Arizona at USC FSN (national
XM SATELLITE RADIO COVERAGE: XM Satellite Radio is the official satellite radio partner of the Pac-10 Conference. XM Satellite Radio will carry numerous Pac-10 football games to listeners across the country as part of its basic channel lineup. Following is the schedule for the next two weeks.
Date/Time Game ChannelSat., Nov. 6 (channel subject to change)12:30 PT/1:30 MT Arizona at Washington Pac-10 Channel 18312:30 PT/1:30 MT Oregon at California Pac-10 Channel 18412:30 PT/1:20 MT Washington State at UCLA Pac-10 Channel 1853:30 PT/4:30 MT Stanford at Arizona State Pac-10 Channel 1847:00 PT/8:00 MT USC at Oregon State Pac-10 Channel 185
Sat., Nov. 13 (time and channel subject to change)12:30 PT/1:30 MT California at Washington Pac-10 Channel 18412:30 PT/1:30 MT UCLA at Oregon Pac-10 Channel 1832:00 PT/3:00 MT Oregon State at Stanford Pac-10 Channel 1856:00 PT/7:00 MT Washington St. at Arizona St. Pac-10 Channel 1837:15 PT/8:15 MT Arizona at USC Pac-10 Channel 184
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams--USC and California--in the Top 10 in the polls, with the Trojans maintaining their top ranking and California, at No. 4 in the AP, getting its highest ranking since 1952. Arizona State remains ranked in both polls and UCLA and Oregon receive votes for a total of five Conference teams getting poll mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media), ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls and the BCS rankings:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (8-0) 1 1 California (6-1) 4 6 Arizona State (6-2) 23 23 UCLA (5-3) 31 35 Oregon (5-3) t33 t32
2004 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the WeekWeek Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 4 Reggie Bush, TB, USC Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ Kyle Basler, P, WSUSep. 11 Mike Hass, SE, OSU Dale Robinson, OLB, ASU T.J. Rushing, KR, STANSep. 18 Maurice Drew, TB, UCLA Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASUSep. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Emmanuel Franklin, S, ASU Kyle Basler, P, WSUOct. 2 Chase Lyman, WR, CAL Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA Justin Medlock, PK, UCLAOct. 9 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Mike Patterson, DT, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 16 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Oshiomogho Atogwe, FS, STAN Alexis Serna, PK, OSUOct. 23 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Jared Siegel, PK, OREOct. 30 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA Maurice Drew, PR, UCLA
Longest overall winning streak - 17 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 12 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 19 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 7 games - USC
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 6:
ARIZONA (1-7) at WASHINGTON (1-7) - 12:30 PST/1:30 MST - The Series: Washington and Arizona have met 20 times with the Huskies leading the series 14-5-1. Arizona won at Tucson last year to snap a four-game UW winning streak in the series. Washington leads 9-2 in 11 games played at Seattle and has won the last three at Husky Stadium. Arizona's last victory at Seattle came in 1998 (31-28). The last six games in the series have been decided by eight or fewer points. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Washington met late in the season at Tucson with the Wildcats pinning a 27-22 upset on the Huskies behind the rushing of TB Mike Bell. The win snapped a school-record eight-game losing streak for Arizona and a 13-game Conference game home losing streak. Bell rushed 26 times for 222 yards (8.5-yard average) including touchdown runs of 67, 69 and 37 yards. QB Cody Pickett passed for 351 yards for Washington, but it was not enough to overcome the performance of Bell.
OREGON (5-3) at CALIFORNIA (6-1) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: California and Oregon have met 66 times dating to 1899 with the Golden Bears leading the series 35-29-2. However, it has been all Oregon of late, as the Ducks have won seven straight against the Bears, the longest current winning streak of one Pac-10 team against another. The last Cal win in the series came at Berkeley in 1993 (42-41). In 39 previous games at Berkeley, California leads 23-14-2, but Oregon has won the last three. . . . California head coach Jeff Tedford served as offensive coordinator on Mike Bellotti's Oregon staff from 1998-2001 before being named to his current post at Cal. In addition, four of Tedford's assistant coaches--Bob Gregory, Ron Gould, Eric Kiesau and Justin Wilcox--either coached or played for the Ducks prior to coming to Cal. . . . Last Year: Oregon and California met late in the year at Eugene with the Ducks prevailing 21-17 and spoiling the return to Eugene for Cal coach Jeff Tedford. It was the first of three straight wins to end the regular-season and propel Oregon into a bowl game. California held a 17-7 fourth-quarter lead, but Oregon rallied for two TDs in the final five minutes to pull out the win. The Ducks scored the winning tally on a one-yard run by TB Terrence Whitehead with 47 ticks left on the clock.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-5) at UCLA (5-3) - 12:30 PST - The Series: UCLA and Washington State have met 50 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading by a 34-15-1 count. However, the Cougars have had the upper hand of late, winning the last three, four of the last five and seven of the last 10. UCLA leads 20-7 in games played in Los Angeles, including 6-3 in games played at the Rose Bowl. WSU won the last game between the two at the Rose Bowl, closing out the 2002 season with a 48-27 win against the Bruins. The Cougars turned right around and returned to the Rose Bowl a few weeks later, losing to Oklahoma (34-14) on New Year's Day 2003. The Bruins' last win in the series came at the Rose Bowl in 1998 (49-17). . . . Last Year: Washington State and UCLA met at Pullman and the Cougars scored four first-half touchdowns to take a 28-6 halftime lead on the way to a 31-13 victory. RB Jonathan Smith led the way for WSU, rushing for 130 yards and three TDs. The teams combined for 14 turnovers, with each team losing four fumbles and three interceptions.
STANFORD (4-4) at ARIZONA STATE (6-2) - 4:30 MST/3:30 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and Stanford have met 20 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 12-8. Stanford, however, has won four of the last five. ASU leads 7-3 in the 10 previous games played at Tempe. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona State met in a steady rain at Palo Alto with the Cardinal getting out to an early lead and hanging on for a 38-27 win. Stanford rushed for 188 yards led by RB J.R. Lemon, who went for a career-high 151 yards and two TDs, and the Cardinal controlled the ball for almost 37 minutes. ASU attempted a late comeback behind the arm of QB Andrew Walter. Walter put the ball up 53 times in passing for 357 yards and four TDs. On the receiving end were WRs Derek Hagan, with four catches for 138 yards and three TDs, and Matt Miller with six receptions for 111 yards.
USC (8-0) at OREGON STATE (4-4) - 7:00 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 68 times dating to 1914 with the Trojans holding a commanding 56-8-4 series advantage. USC leads 17-4-1 in games played in Oregon, including 11-2 in games played at Corvallis. USC has won the last three games in the series, all at home. In the Trojans' last trip to Corvallis in 2000, the Beavers took a 31-21 win. That win snapped a 26-game OSU losing streak to the Trojans. . . . Oregon State coach Mike Riley served as offensive coordinator on John Robinson's USC staff from 1993-96 before starting his first stint at the Beaver helm in 1997. . . . Last Year: USC and Oregon State closed out the regular season at Los Angeles and the No. 2-ranked Trojans claimed the Pac-10 title with a 52-28 win. There were plenty of numbers to look at in this one. For the victorious Trojans, QB Matt Leinart passed for 278 yards and five touchdowns. That upped his season total to a Pac-10-record 35 TD passes. OSU actually outgained USC 543-388 with QB Derek Anderson having a huge day. Anderson put the ball up 60 times, completing 34 for a school-record 485 yards and two TDs, but was victimized by four interceptions. The 485 yards passing was the second-most ever allowed by USC. OSU FL Mike Hass had 208 yards receiving on eight catches. The Trojan special teams blocked two field goal attempts and one punt.
ARIZONA: RB Mike Bell a bright spot for the Wildcats. He ranks fourth in the league in rushing at 80.8 yards per game. With 1,916 career rushing yards, Bell needs just 84 yards to crack the 2,000-yard mark and 106 yards to get into UA's career top 10 in rushing. . . . Freshman Richard Kovalcheck has started the last two games at quarterback and played the whole way. He got his first TD pass vs. Oregon State last week, a 27-yarder to WR Biren Ealy. . . . WR Ricky Williams has a reception in 16 consecutive games. . . . Arizona allows just 119.6 yards per game rushing and limited OSU to 61 yards on the ground last week.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils have a five-game home winning streak going. . . . Awards time--QB Andrew Walter has been named one of nine finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the nation's top senior quarterback. . . . On the receiving end from Walter, WR Derek Hagan has been named one of 11 semi-finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver. . . . Walter has 76 career TD passes, just one behind the Pac-10 career record of 77 by Stanford's John Elway (1979-82). He leads the league in TD passes this season with 21. Hawai'i's Timmy Chang (94) is the only currently active QB with more career TDs than Walter. Walter also has moved up into seventh place on the Pac-10 career passing chart with 9,550 yards. . . . Hagan has a streak of 25 straight games with a reception. . . . ASU has scored 22 of its 26 touchdowns through the air. . . . The Jeff Sagarin college football rankings has ASU's schedule rated as the most difficult in the nation. . . . After going the first seven games of the season without losing a fumble, the Sun Devils lost four at Cal last week.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bear defense has pitched two straight shutouts. It's the first time Cal has had consecutive shutouts since blanking Colorado (10-0) and San Jose State (46-0) in 1968. . . . TB J.J. Arrington has topped 100-yards rushing in all seven games this year. His 188-yard effort against ASU last week put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, the earliest ever (seventh game) for a Bear rusher. Arrington leads the Pac-10 (fourth in the nation) in rushing by a wide margin at 158.0 yards per game (runnerup Maurice Drew of UCLA is at 111.5). He also leads the league in scoring (9.4 points per game). . . . True freshman Robert Jordan stepped in for injured WR Jonathan Makonnen vs. ASU and led the Bears in receiving with seven catches for 116 yards. . . . Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (39.0), total offense (492.7), rushing offense (243.9), pass efficiency (173.6), third-down conversions (48.8%), red zone offense (24-of-28 with 22 TDs) and time of possession (32:26). . . . Cal offense is incredibly balanced, averaging 243.9 yards rushing and 248.9 yards passing with a passing efficiency rating (173.6) that leads the nation.
OREGON: Streaking Ducks have won four straight, second-longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams after USC. . . . Ducks have won their last three Pac-10 road games dating back to last year. The two this year have each been by three points--one a defensive struggle (16-13 at Stanford), the other a shootout (41-38 at Washington State). . . . UO's 26 QB sacks ranks second in Pac-10 behind only USC. Individually, DE Devan Long is second in Conference with 7.5 sacks and is remarkably consistent with at least one sack in seven of eight games this year. . . . In part because of sacks, Duck defense has allowed just 37 yards rushing over the last two games. . . . Unsung TB Terrence Whitehead ranks third in Pac-10 in rushing (102.4 yards per game) and fourth in all-purpose yards (147.8). He is the leading receiver among running backs in the Conference with 34 receptions, good for 310 yards and two TDs. . . . Not surprising perhaps, but Oregon's three losses this year are the only three games in which it trailed at halftime. . . . QB Kellen Clemens leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 271.6 yards per game.
OREGON STATE: Having opened the season at LSU and playing host to USC this week, Beavers become the only team in the nation to play both of last year's co-National Champions. . . . OSU has won three in a row to even its record. . . . Beavers are +10 in turnovers in those three games (14-4). . . . Road win at Arizona last week marked first time since 2000 OSU has won consecutive road Conference games. . . . QB Derek Anderson became OSU's career passing and total offense leader last week. With 9,876 yards passing, he stands in fifth place on the Pac-10 career chart and needs just 124 more yards to become just the fifth QB in Conference history to pass for 10,000 yards. Anderson leads the Pac-10 in passing at 280.2 yards per game. . . . WR Mike Hass is the only receiver in the league averaging better than 100 yards per game. His 111.4 receiving yards per game ranks fifth in the nation. . . . OSU and USC lead the Pac-10 in interceptions made (13). . . . OSU has a modest total of 16 QB sacks on the year, but 11 have come in the last three games. . . . DE Bill Swancutt has 4.5 of the 11 recent sacks and has upped his OSU career record to an even 30.
STANFORD: TE Alex Smith had career highs for the second consecutive week with 10 receptions for 136 yards at UCLA last week . He has been hot with 19 receptions for 246 yards in his last two games. He is third overall in receiving in the Pac-10 and tops among tight ends with 44 receptions. . . . Stanford ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 16.8 points per game. In 2003, the figure was 29.5, almost a two-touchdown per game improvement. . . . And despite shutout last week, Cardinal scoring offense is up a touchdown per game--23.2 this season, 16.9 in 2003. . . . Cardinal ranks second in Pac-10 (behind USC) in turnover margin at +7. . . . Stanford has already equaled last year's victory totals in both Conference games and overall (2-2, 4-7 in 2003). . . . T.J. Rushing continues to lead the Pac-10 (ninth in nation) in kickoff returns (29.6). . . . Cardinal has allowed a league-low four TD passes in eight games.
UCLA: Bruins got their first Conference shutout since 1987 with 21-0 blanking of Stanford last week. . . . TB Maurice Drew had a 68-yard punt return for a TD vs. Stanford. It was the sophomore's 10th career touchdown of 40 yards or more. . . . Drew leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in all-purpose yards at 179.8 per game. . . . Drew also leads the Pac-10 in TDs scored with 12 (eight rushing, three receiving, one on the punt return). . . . Bruin offense seems to be heating up with 958 yards total offense the last two weeks. UCLA ranks second (behind Cal) in the league in total offense at 445.5 yards per game. . . . Last year, the Bruins scored more than 24 points in only one of 13 games. This season, they average 31.6 points per game. . . . TE Marcedes Lewis has six TD receptions this year, tops among Pac-10 tight ends. He has 10 TD receptions for his career and needs just one more for the UCLA career record for tight ends. . . . WR Craig Bragg has moved into second on UCLA's career reception list with 175. He needs just five more to move to the top of the list. . . . UCLA's three losses have come to ranked teams (Cal, ASU, Oklahoma State) with a combined record of 18-5.
USC: USC win streak is up to 17 games, second-longest current streak in the nation (19 by Boise State). The 17-game win streak is USC's longest since a school-record 25 straight from 1931-33. Trojans also have won 12 straight Conference games and seven straight road games. . . . 8-0 start is USC's best since 1988 team started 10-0. . . . In last two games, SC defense has allowed just 269 yards total offense, including only 41 yards rushing, forced nine fumbles, recovering five, and allowed just 5-of-32 on third-down conversions. . . . Trojans lead the league in scoring defense (10.9), total defense (255.6), rushing defense (71.0), turnover margin (+14) and quarterback sacks (35 for -242 yards). . . . USC has not allowed a fourth-quarter touchdown all season. . . . In fact, SC has allowed just three points in the fourth quarter all year, a field goal in the season opener against Virginia Tech. . . . Trojan defense has allowed just two TDs in last 13 quarters. . . . QB Matt Leinart's record is up to 20-1 as SC's starting QB. . . . USC is outscoring opponents 36.8-10.9. . . . Trojans and Oklahoma are tied for the national lead in turnover margin (+1.75 per game).
WASHINGTON: DT Manase Hopoi leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with nine. His nine sacks make up almost half of UW team total of 19. Hopoi has eight tackles for loss, including four QB sacks, over the last two games. . . . UW's trio of starting linebackers all rank among the top five in the Pac-10 in tackles--No. 2 ILB Joe Lobendahn (11.1), No. 4 OLB Evan Benjamin (9.5) and No. 5 ILB Scott White (8.9). True to form, the trio combined for 32 tackles at Oregon last week. . . . Huskies have yet to allow an opponent to convert a fourth-down attempt all year. Opponents are 0-for-11 so far. . . . UW ranks second in the league (behind USC) in fewest QB sacks allowed with just 12 in eight games. . . . UW leads the league in pass defense at 183.1 yards per game.
WASHINGTON STATE: With game at UCLA this week, it's worth noting that WSU has won seven of its last eight Pac-10 games in California and 11 of its last 14 games overall against California schools. . . . WR Jason Hill leads the Pac-10 in TD receptions (9) and yards per catch (25.0). The nine TD receptions leaves him just two shy of the WSU season record of 11 shared by several receivers. Those nine TD receptions have come in his last 22 catches. . . . WSU leads the Pac-10 in recovering 13 fumbles. Thus it makes sense that a trio of Cougar defenders share the league lead in fumbles forced. FS Hamza Abdullah, CB Alex Teems and OLB Scott Davis have each forced three. . . . A full 35% (60 of 172) of P Kyle Basler's career punts have been dropped inside the opponent 20-yard line. Basler is averaging 43.5 yards per boot this season.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just two regular-season non-conference games remeaining (Cal at Southern Miss and Notre Dame at USC), the Pac-10 has recorded a mark of 18-11 (.621) against non-conference foes.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 25 Conference games to date, the home team has won 13 times and the visiting team has won 12 times.
SAGARIN RATINGS: For the fifth straight week, the Pac-10 is rated No. 1 among all conferences in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The Pac-10 is followed by the Big 12, ACC, SEC and Big Ten in that order.
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 13:
Arizona at USC
Washington State at Arizona State
California at Washington
UCLA at Oregon
Oregon State at Stanford