This week in Pac-12 football
• WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE are both 5-0 in league play for the first time since 1997 when both teams started league play at 5-0 ... Huskies and Cougars both ranked in AP Top 25 in the same week for the first time since Sept. 28, 2003.
DIVISION CHAMPIONS: With WASHINGTON (5-0) and WASHINGTON STATE (5-0) the lone remaining teams undefeated in Pac-12 play, it’s worth noting that no team has come through Conference play unscathed since the league expanded to 12 teams. In four of the previous five seasons of Pac-12 play, the North Division champion finished Conference play with one loss. Only the 2013 season produced a North Division champion with more than one loss when Oregon and Stanford each finished tied at 7-2. While in the South Division, only once did the South Division produce a champion with less than two losses when ARIZONA STATE finished 8-1 in 2013.
POLL NOTES: WASHINGTON is the eighth different Pac-12 team to appear in the AP Top 10 over the last three seasons. Washington has been in the AP Top 10 for nine consecutive weeks, the longest stretch since it appeared in the last nine ranking periods during the 2000 season ... STANFORD dropped from the Top 25 on Oct. 10, ending a streak of 19 consecutive weeks in the poll. It also marked the first time that either OREGON, Stanford or USC has not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since Nov. 21, 1999. That was also the last time the Conference did not have a team ranked in the AP Top 25 ... On Oct. 2, COLORADO (No. 21) made its first appearance in the AP poll since 2005. It was the highest ranking for the Buffs since they were No. 17 the week of Sept. 7, 2003 ... WASHINGTON STATE returns to the polls for the first time since Nov. 22, 2015 (No. 20).
ON THE RUN: For the second straight week, seven Pac-12 running backs each rushed for 100 or more yards, led by USC sophomore Ronald Jones II who had 223 yards on 18 carries (12.4 avg) in the win over California. UTAH senior RB Joe Williams rushed for 172 yards in the loss to Washington and has rushed for 683 yards over the last three game and 758 yards (151.6 per game/6.3 avg per carry) for the season. But since he has only played in five of his team’s nine games, he does not qualify for the league’s statistical rankings. Only two other Pac-12 running backs haver rushed for more yards than Williams this season - WASHINGTON’S Myles Gaskin (8 games - 878 yards/109.8 per game) and STANFORD’s Christian McCaffrey (7 games - 781 yards/111.6 per game).
REVOLVING QUARTERBACKS: A total of 22 different quarterbacks have started this season, led by ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE with three each. Only CALIFORNIA, UTAH, WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE has started the same signal-caller for each of their games this season.
3 - Arizona, Arizona State (combined record: 7-10)
2 - Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC (combined record: 24-24)
1 - California, Utah, Washington, Washington State (combined record: 25-8)
PUNT, PASS & KICK: UTAH junior P Mitch Wishnowsky leads the FBS in punting with a 48.8 average and has twice been named the national Ray Guy Punter of the Week. He’s placed 24 of his 44 punts inside the 20, and has not had a touchback since the first game of the season ... Five Pac-12 quarterbacks are ranked among the FBS Top 25 in passing efficiency - No. 2 Jake Browning, WASHINGTON (195.6), No. 7 Sam Darnold, USC (173.1), No. 13 Sefo Liufau, COLORADO (157.9), No. 17 Luke Falk, WASHINGTON STATE (152.5) and No. 19 Steven Montez, COLORADO (151.4) ... ARIZONA STATE senior PK Zane Gonzalez, the FBS career record holder with 93 career field goals, is second in the FBS in field goals per game (2.22). CALIFORNIA’s Matt Anderson is No. 9 (1.75 field goals per game), while UTAH’s Andy Phillips is No. 23 (1.56 per game).
THE SCHEDULE: The non-conference schedules include 18 opponents that participated in a bowl game last season. In all, 11 Pac-12 teams will face a team that appeared in a bowl game last season with USC facing three such opponents ... The Pac-12 posted a 35-12 record in non-conference play in 2015 and is 72-21 in non-league action over the previous two seasons ... Each Conference team will play a nine-game league schedule that includes five games within its own division and four games in the other division. Teams with the best record in their respective divisions will meet in the Pac-12 title game on Friday, Dec. 2 (FOX) at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
PAC-12 SUCCESS IN RIO... OREGON WR/KR Devon Allen represented Team USA at the Rio Olympics in the 110m hurdles where he finished fifth ... USC CB/WR/KR Adoree’ Jackson (long jump) and ARIZONA STATE WR/KR Tim White (triple jump) attempted to make the USA squad, but came up short ... Former Cal running back Jahvid Best (100m) represented St. Lucia ... If the Pac-12 was considered a country, it’s student-athletes, both current and former, would have placed fifth in the medal count at the Rio Olympics:
USA (46 Gold, 37 Silver, 38 Bronze) 121
China (26 Gold, 18 Silver, 26 Bronze) 70
Great Britain (27 Gold, 23 Silver, 17 Bronze) 67
Russia (19 Gold, 18 Silver, 19 Bronze) 56
Pac-12 (25 Gold, 13 Silver, 17 Bronze) 55
|Thurs., Nov. 3||Site||Local Time/TV|
|UCLA (3-5) at 21/20 COLORADO (6-2)
Series: UCLA leads, 9-2-0. Last: UCLA, 35-31 (2015)
UCLA has won the last five meetings, averaging 41.4 ppg in that stretch. Last two games decided by 4 and 3 points.
|Folsom Field (50,183)||7:00 p.m. MT
|Sat., Nov. 5||Site||Local Time/TV|
|OREGON STATE (2-6) at STANFORD (5-3)
Series: STAN leads, 54-25-3. Last: STAN, 42-24 (2015)
Stanford has won the last six meetings with an average scoring margin of 23.2 ppg.
|Stanford Stadium (50,000)||12:30 p.m. PT
|ARIZONA (2-6) at 25/25 WASHINGTON STATE (6-2)
Series: ARIZ leads, 26-15-0. Last: WSU, 45-42 (2015)
Arizona has won six of the last eight meetings, while both of WSU’s wins in that span have come on the road.
|Martin Stadium (32,952)||1 p.m. PT
|OREGON (3-5) at 26/30 USC (5-3)
Series: USC leads, 37-20-2*. Last: ORE, 48-28 (2015)
Oregon has won four of the last five. USC’s lone win in that span was a 38-35 upset at No. 4 Oregon.
|LA Memorial Coliseum (93,607)||4 p.m. PT
|4/4 WASHINGTON (8-0) at CALIFORNIA (4-4)
Series: WASH leads, 52-39-4. Last: CAL, 30-24 (2015)
Prior to last year’s win by Cal, the Huskies had reeled off six straight wins in the series.
|Memorial Stadium (62,467)||7:30 p.m. PT
|Open Date||ARIZONA STATE (5-4)||Next: Thurs., Nov. 10 vs. UTAH|
|16/16 UTAH (7-2)||Next: Thurs., Nov. 10 at ARIZONA STATE|
* Not included one win vacated due to NCAA penalty
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