This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 15, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL: A light week in the Pac-10 as just six of 10 teams are in action. One league game is on the docket as ARIZONA travels to UCLA in the Conference opener for each team. The four non-conference games are all home affairs for the Pac-10 highlighted by No. 3-ranked Georgia at ARIZONA STATE, Boise State at OREGON, San Jose State at STANFORD and Portland State at WASHINGTON STATE. CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE, USC and WASHINGTON have open dates. Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Sep. 20 (ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches poll):
PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information can be found online by pointing your browser to: www.pac-10.org.
LAST WEEK: Oregon 32, Purdue 26 (2 OT) TCU 31, Stanford 14
Oregon State 45, Hawai'i 7 BYU 59, UCLA 0
USC 35, Ohio State 3 Oklahoma 55, Washington 14
Baylor 45, Washington State 17 New Mexico 36, Arizona 28
Maryland 35, California 27 UNLV 23, Arizona State 20 (OT)
UPCOMING PAC-10 TELEVISION:
Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Sep. 20
12:00 PDT/MST Arizona at UCLA FSN (national)
12:30 PDT/MST Boise State at Oregon Oregon Sports Network (local)
4:00 PDT/MST Portland State at Washington State FSN NW (local)
5:00 PDT/MST Georgia at Arizona State ABC (national)
Thu., Sep. 25
6:00 PDT/MST USC at Oregon State ESPN (national)
Sat., Sep. 27
12:30 PDT/MST Fresno State at UCLA ABC (regional)
3:00 PDT/MST Colorado State at California CSN West (local)
3:15 PDT/MST Oregon at Washington State FSN NW/OSN (local)
7:00 PDT/MST Stanford at Washington FSN NW (local)
XM SATELLITE RADIO COVERAGE: XM Satellite Radio is the official satellite radio partner of the Pac-10. XM Satellite Radio will carry numerous Pac-10 football games to listeners across the country on Pac-10 channels 193-195.
PAC-10 BOWL ARRANGEMENTS - 2008-09: The Pacific-10 Conference has agreements with with an all-time high seven bowl partners. The lineup is led by the Rose Bowl, which is the destination for the Pac-10 champion, unless said champion is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final Bowl Championship Series rankings. If that were the case, the Pac-10 champion would play in the BCS National Championship Game which this year will be played in Miami following the FedEx Orange Bowl. In addition to the Rose Bowl, Pac-10 bowl partners include the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Brut Sun Bowl, Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, Emerald Bowl, Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Pac-10 bowl assignments are determined by the final Conference standings. If there is a tie for the Pac-10 championship, the head-to-head winner among the tied teams shall be awarded the Conference's top bowl position. In the event of a tie for any position in the standings other than the championship, the selecting bowl may choose its participant from among the tied teams. Following is a summary of the Pac-10 bowl arrangements for the 2008-09 season:
Bowl Game Site Pac-10 Team Opponent Date TV
Rose Bowl presented by Citi Pasadena Pac-10 #1 Big Ten Jan. 1 ABC
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl San Diego Pac-10 #2 Big 12 Dec. 30 ESPN
Brut Sun Bowl El Paso Pac-10 #3 Big 12/Big East/ND Dec. 31 CBS
Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas Pac-10 #4 or 5 Mountain West Dec. 20 ESPN
Emerald Bowl San Francisco Pac-10 #4 or 5 ACC Dec. 27 ESPN
Sheraton Hawai'i Honolulu Pac-10 #6 WAC Dec. 24 ESPN
San Diego CCU Poinsettia San Diego Pac-10 #7 Mountain West Dec. 23 ESPN
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: USC remains atop the polls following a decisive win against Ohio State, but a losing weekend cost the Pac-10 in the polls as only Oregon and Arizona State join the Trojans in the top 25. California and Arizona received votes to give the league five teams earning mention in the polls. Following are the current rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and USA Today (coaches) polls:
AP USA Today
Team Media Coaches
USC (2-0) 1 1
Oregon (3-0) 17 12
Arizona State (2-1) 30 24
California (2-1) -- 39
Arizona (2-1) 42 --
2008 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Date Offense Defense Special Teams
Aug. 30 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Wopamo Osaisai, CB, STAN Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA
Sep. 6 Jahvid Best, RB, CAL Gerald Munns, MLB, ASU Keola Antolin, KR, ARIZ
Sep. 13 Mark Sanchez, QB, USC Rey Maualuga, MLB, USC Matt Evensen, PK, ORE
Longest overall winning streak: 7 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 4 games - USC
Longest home winning streak: 4 games - Arizona and USC
Longest road winning streak: 3 games - USC
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: After a strong first two weeks of the season, the Pac-10 fell on hard times in week three and the conference's mark has dipped to 10-10 against non-conference foes.
HOME/ROAD: In 24 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 17 times, the visitors seven times. In four Conference games, the home team stands at 3-1.
ARIZONA: Wildcats rank second in the Pac-10 in both scoring defense (17.3) and total defense (230.3) and have surrendered just four TDs through three games. . . . QB Willie Tuitama tops the Pac-10 in TD passes with eight in first three games. . . . Teammate RB Nic Grigsby leads the league in rushing TDs with six. Grigsby tops the Pac-10 and ranks ninth in the nation in rushing at 125.3 yards per game. . . . OLB Sterling Lewis has led the Cats in tackles the last two games. . . . With 12 catches for 136 yards at New Mexico, WR Mike Thomas went past the 200 career reception mark. He now has 211 for his career and currently leads the Pac-10 in receptions with 26 (8.7 per game) and is the only receiver in the Conference averaging better than 100 receiving yards per game (100.7). None of this should come as a surprise as Thomas led the Pac-10 in receiving last year.
ARIZONA STATE: Fourth straight home game for ASU is a big one vs. No. 3-ranked Georgia. . . . Georgia is the highest-ranked non-conference opponent to appear at Sun Devil Stadium since top-ranked Nebraska in 1996. The Sun Devils upset the Cornhuskers 19-0 in that one. . . . DE Dexter Davis leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (6) and is co-leader in QB sacks (4). . . . Veteran QB Rudy Carpenter has started 34 straight games at quarterback, tied for the longest such streak in the nation with Purdue's Curtis Painter. Carpenter is 23-11 in those starts. . . . With two TD passes vs. UNLV last week, Carpenter upped his career total to 71 scoring throws. That's good for eighth place on the Pac-10 career list. Former USC Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer (1998-2002) is in seventh place at 72.
CALIFORNIA: After an open date, Golden Bears begin a stretch of four of the next five at home with Colorado State next week. . . . QB Kevin Riley put up a school-record 58 pass attempts in loss at Maryland. He completed 33 for 423 yards, both numbers being the third-highest single-game totals in Cal history. . . . Senior WR LaReyelle Cunningham tallied career bests with seven receptions for 138 yards at Maryland. . . . TB Jahvid Best, despite being limited to just 25 yards rushing at Maryland, nevertheless had his third consecutive game over 200 all-purpose yards. He had 65 yards receiving and 135 yards on kick returns for a total of 225 yards. . . . OLB Zack Follett forced his ninth career fumble in game at Maryland. . . . In Pac-10, only Cal (93.0) and USC (51.5) are allowing opponents fewer than 100 yards rushing.
OREGON: Ducks are 28-1 in non-conference home games in coach Mike Bellotti's tenure. . . . PK Matt Evensen earned Pac-10 special teams player of the week honors for connecting on all four field goal attempts in heavy winds in Ducks' double-overtime win at Purdue. . . . Ducks scored only two offensive touchdowns at Purdue with RB LeGarrette Blount getting both of them, including the game-winner on a 3-yard run in the second overtime period. LeGarrette rushed for 132 yards on just 12 carries--11.0 yards per rush. . . . Oregon ranks fourth in the nation in rushing at 323.3 yards per game. That's more than 100 yards per game more than runnerup Cal (210.7) in Pac-10 rushing stats. . . . DE Will Tukuafu is Pac-10 co-leader in QB sacks (4) and ranks second in league in tackles for loss (5).
OREGON STATE: Frosh RB Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 110 yards and two TDs in win vs Hawai'i. He is the first true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game for the Beavers since Steven Jackson in 2001 at USC. . . . OSU defense limited Hawai'i to 207 yards total offense (57 rushing, 154 passing), the Warriors' lowest offensive total in a game since 1998. . . . Beavers picked off three passes vs. Hawai'i after not getting any interceptions in first two games. . . . WRs Shane Morales and Sammie Stroughter rank 2-4, respectively, in receiving yards in the Pac-10 and are the most potent duo in the Conference with a combined 43 receptions for 539 yards and five TDs. . . . QB Lyle Moevao (307.3) joins ASU's Rudy Carpenter (325.0) as the only two QBs in the Conference averaging better than 300 yards per game passing.
STANFORD: Cardinal meet neighboring San Jose State in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game this week. It is the lone home game in a five game stretch Stanford. . . . Win would give Stanford its first 2-2 start since 2005. . . . Spartans are coached by former Arizona (1987-2000) head man Dick Tomey. . . . RB Toby Gerhart has scored four of Stanford's eight TDs this season. . . . Cardinal ranks second in Pac-10 in punt returns at 17.4 yards per return. That's helped by WR Richard Sherman's 21-yard return for a TD of a blocked punt last week. . . . CB Kris Evans one of only three Pac-10 players with two interceptions through first three games.
UCLA: Bruins begin a three-game homestand against Arizona this week. . . . MLB Reggie Carter had a busy day at BYU with a game-high 20 tackles. . . . WR/KR Terrence Austin had 191 all-purpose yards at BYU with eight receptions for 88 yards and 103 yards on three kickoff and one punt return. . . . P Aaron Perez leads the Pac-10 and is fifth in the nation in punting with a 47.7-yard average. Five of his 10 punts have traveled 50+ yards. . . . Offensive starters RB Kahlil Bell, WR Marcus Everett and TE Logan Paulsen were not available due to injuries vs. BYU last week. Bruins hope to get Bell and Everett back for Arizona this week.
USC: QB Mark Sanchez and MLB Rey Maualuga picked up Pac-10 offensive and defensive player of the week honors for their roles in Trojans' 35-3 win against Ohio State. It is the second offensive player of the week plaque for Sanchez in as many games. . . . Sanchez has tossed seven TD passes in SC's first two games this year. He has at least two TD passes in each of his last four starts. . . . USC defense piled up 11 tackles for loss vs. Ohio State (-52 yards), including five QB sacks (-36). . . . USC defense has not allowed a touchdown in its last seven quarters and has surrendered only one in first two games. . . . Crowd of 93,607 for Ohio State-USC was largest for the Trojans since 93,458 for UCLA game in 1993. . . . USC has won its last 15 September games. . . . OLB Clay Matthews has forced a fumble in each of the first two games.
WASHINGTON: After an open date this week, Huskies wrap up a three-game homestand vs. Stanford next week. . . . QB Jake Locker ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in rushing at 54.3 yards per game and is the only starting QB in the Pac-10 who has not thrown an interception this season. . . . With 1,149 yards career rushing, Locker, a sophomore, is just the second Husky QB in history to rush for more than 1,000 yards (Marques Tuiasosopo, 1997-2000,--1,495 yards). . . . Huskies lead the league in fewest penalty yards per game, just 25.7 yards per game on a total of 11 flags in three games.
WASHINGTON STATE: Junior QB Kevin Lopina got his first start at QB vs. Baylor last week. Both he and senior Gary Rogers saw action. . . . Chris Ivory has kickoff returns of 68 and 50 yards the last two games. He and teammate Chantz Staden both rank in the top five in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns at better than 26 yards per return. . . . All-Pac-10 WR Brandon Gibson is again among the Pac-10 leaders in both receptions (5.7 per game) and receiving yardage (70.3). . . . WSU ranks second in the Pac-10 in pass defense at 145.3 yards per game and Coug defenders have allowed just two TD passes in first three games.
A LOOK AHEAD:
Thu., Sep. 25
USC at Oregon State, 6:00 PDT (ESPN)
Sat., Sep. 27
Fresno State at UCLA, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
Colorado State at California, 3:00 PDT (CSN West)
Oregon at Washington State, 3:15 PDT (FSN NW & OSN)
Stanford at Washington, 7:00 PDT (FSN NW)