This week in Pac-12 football

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POLL WATCHING: CALIFORNIA makes its first appearance in the AP Top 25 since 2010 ... UTAH moves up to No. 10 in this week’s AP poll, becoming the fourth different Pac-12 team this season to be ranked in the Top 10. Utah also received its first ever first-place vote in the regular season AP poll  ... UCLA moves up to No. 7 in this week’s AP Top 25. It’s the highest ranking for the Bruins since coming in at No. 7 in the Oct. 20, 2005 poll ... Over the last two seasons, nine different Pac-12 teams have been ranked among the AP Top 25, while six different Conference teams have been ranked among the Top 10 ... With OREGON falling out of the AP poll, the Ducks had their streak of Top 25 appearances snapped at 98 weeks. It had been the nation’s second-longest active streak.

I’LL TAKE QUARTERBACKS FOR 100: There have been 29 100-yard rushing performances in the Pac-12 this season, with five turned in by quarterbacks. Three different quarterbacks have rushed for 100 or more yards this season:

    Seth Collins, Oregon State - 152 vs. Weber State, 114 vs. San Jose State

    Jarred Randall, Arizona - 149 vs. Northern Arizona, 128 vs. UCLA

    Travis Wilson, Utah - 100 vs. Oregon 

ALL-PURPOSE: STANFORD sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey is currently averaging a Conference-best 222.2 all-purpose yards per game, which is third in the FBS. Since 1978, only four other Conference players have averaged 200 or more all-purpose yards per game for an entire season - USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981 (232.6 avg), Stanford’s Glyn Milburn in 1990 (202.0 avg), USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005 (222.3 avg) and USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012 (206.4 avg). Coincidentally, Milburn’s teammate in 1990 was Ed McCaffrey (father of Christian), who had 61 receptions for 917 yards and a Conference-leading 91.7 receiving yards per game.

60+ POINTS ON THE ROAD: With its 62-20 win at Oregon, UTAH is the fifth different Pac-12 team to score 60 or more points on the road in league play since 2013. Here’s the list:

    WASHINGTON at Oregon State, 69-27, Nov. 23, 2013

    CALIFORNIA at Washington State, 60-59, Oct. 4, 2014

    UCLA at Arizona State, 62-27, Sept. 25, 2014

    USC at California, 62-28, Nov. 9, 2013

    UTAH at Oregon, 62-20, Sept. 26, 2015 

This Week in Pac-12 Football

Sat., Oct. 3                                                                                     Site                                     Local Time/TV

--/-- WASHINGTON STATE (2-1) at 24/t24 CALIFORNIA (4-0)       Memorial Stadium (63,000)        1 p.m. PT

Series: CAL leads, 45-26-5. Last: CAL, 60-59 (2014)                      PAC12

California has won nine of the last 10 meetings.

 

--/-- ARIZONA STATE (2-2) at 7/10 UCLA (4-0)             Rose Bowl (91,500)    4:30 p.m. PT

Series: UCLA leads, 19-11-1. Last: UCLA, 62-27 (2014)                                  FOX

UCLA has won five of the last seven. The visitor has won the last three meetings.

Teams have combined to average 80.8 points in each of the last five games of the series.

 

--/t24 OREGON (2-2) at --/-- COLORADO (3-1)              Folsom Field (50,183)                  8 p.m. MT

Series: ORE leads, 11-8-0. Last: ORE, 44-10 (2014)                        ESPN

Oregon has won the last five and has averaged 50.8 points in those five games.

 

28/27 ARIZONA (3-1) at 18/20 STANFORD (3-1)           Stanford Stadium (50,000)           7:30 p.m. PT

Series: Tied, 14-14-0. Last: STAN, 54-48 OT (2012)                        PAC12

Stanford has won the last three and eight of the last 10 meetings.

 

OPEN DATE: OREGON STATE (2-2), USC (3-1), UTAH (4-0), WASHINGTON (2-2)

Rankings listed (AP/Coaches poll)

* - One win later vacated

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