This week in Pac-12 football

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POLL WATCHING: For the second time this season the Pac-12 has six teams ranked among the Top 25. It’s the 15th time that Conference has had six teams ranked among the Top 25, with nine of those occurring over the last two seasons ... Two games on the docket this week pit Top 25 ranked foes against one another - No. 9 UCLA at No. 16 ARIZONA, and No. 18 UTAH at No. 13 OREGON ... Last season, there were 12 games where both Pac-12 teams were ranked in the Top 25 at game time. In those 12 meetings, the higher ranked team was victorious nine times, while the home team prevailed six times.

RARE AIR: ARIZONA sophomore QB Anu Solomon and USC senior QB Cody Kessler are the only two FBS signal-callers to have 10 or more touchdown passes with no interceptions. Solomon has completed 71-of-104 for 778 yards and 10 TDs, while Kessler has completed 70-of-89 for 922 yards and 10 TDs. 

BIG PLAY WEEKEND: Pac-12 teams combined for 11 scoring plays of 50 or more yards last weekend:

    98    Utah’s Cory Butler-Byrd kickoff return vs. Fresno State

    93    Arizona State’s Demario Richard reception from Mike Bercovici vs. New Mexico

    87    Oregon's Taylor Alie rush vs. Georgia State

    81    Washington’s Dwayne Washington reception from Jake Browning vs. Utah State

    77    Utah’s Britain Covey punt return vs. Fresno State

    74    California’s Khalfani Muhammad rush vs. Texas

    73    Arizona’s Jerrard Randall rush vs. Northern Arizona

    72    Arizona’s Jerrard Randall rush vs. Northern Arizona

    65    Colorado’s Shay Fields reception from Sefo Liufau vs. Colorado State

    60    Colorado’s Kenneth Olugbode interception return vs. Colorado State

    54    USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster reception from Cody Kessler vs. Stanford

IT’S RARE, BUT IT HAS HAPPENED: All Conference members have posted two or more wins through three games this season. That feat has been achieved just twice in the history of the Conference - 1919 and 1921. However, the opponents were a little different in those two seasons. Here’s a look at how teams fared through their first three games in each of those two seasons:


    California (2-0-1) - Olympic Club (W), Olympic Club (T), St. Mary’s (W)

    Oregon (3-0-0) - MAAC (W), Idaho (W), Washington (W)

    Oregon State (2-0-1) - Alumni (T), Rooks (W), Pacific (W)

    Stanford (2-1-0) - U.S.S. Boston (W), Olympic Club (L), Agricultural College of Oregon (W)

    Washington (2-1-0) - U.S.S. New York (W), Whitman (W), Oregon (L)

    Washington State (3-0-0) - Multnomah AC (W), California (W), Idaho (W)


    California (3-0-0) - Olympic Club (W), Mare Island Marines (W), St. Mary’s (W)

    Oregon (2-0-1) - Willamette (W), Pacific (W), Idaho (T)

    Oregon State (2-0-1) - Rooks (W), Chemawa (W), Multnomah AC (T)

    Stanford (3-0-0) - U.S. Marines (W), St. Mary’s (W), Olympic Club (W)

    Washington (3-0-0) - U.S.S. Idaho (W), Montana (W), Idaho (W)

    Washington State (2-1-0) - Gonzaga (W), Idaho (W), Washington (L)

Fri., Sept. 25                                                   Site                                       Local Time/TV

21/24 STANFORD (2-1) at --/-- OREGON STATE (2-1)                  Reser Stadium (45,674)                            7 p.m. PT // FS1

Series: STAN 53-25-3. Last: STAN, 38-24 (2014)                                                                                            

Stanford has won the last five, allowing just 12.4 ppg in that span

Sat., Sept. 26                                                  Site                                       Local Time/TV

--/-- Nicholls (0-2) vs. --/-- COLORADO (2-1)                              Folsom Field (50,183)                               11:30 a.m. MT // PAC12

Series: First Meeting                                                                                                                                          

29/35 CALIFORNIA (3-0) at --/-- WASHINGTON (2-1)                 Husky Stadium (70,083)                           2 p.m. PT // PAC12

Series: WASH leads, 52-38-4. Last: WASH, 31-17 (2014)                                                                              

Washington has won the last six meetings, allowing just 13.8 ppg in that span

9/11 UCLA (3-0) at 16/16 ARIZONA (3-0)                                      Arizona Stadium (56,037)                         5 p.m. PT // ABC

Series: UCLA leads, 22-15-2. Last: UCLA, 17-7 (2014)                                                                                  

UCLA has won three in a row in the series, after Arizona had won the previous five meetings

18/17 UTAH(3-0) at 13/13 OREGON (2-1)                                     Autzen Stadium (54,000)                           5:30 p.m. PT // FOX

Series: ORE leads, 20-8-0. Last: ORE, 51-27 (2014)                                                                                        

Oregon has won the last three and six of the last seven meetings.

19/18 USC (2-1) at 31/33 ARIZONA STATE (2-1)                           Sun Devil Stadium (64,208)                       7:30 p.m. PT // ESPN

Series: USC leads, 19-12-0*. Last: ASU, 38-34 (2014)                                                                                   

Arizona State has won three of the last four. Prior to that, USC rolled off 10 straight (excluding one win later vacated)


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