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• WASHINGTON’s Jake Browning leads the FBS in passing effeciency (202.8). He’s thrown 38 TD passes with just 4 interceptions the last 12 games. 

• ARIZONA STATE PK Zane Gonzales is 6-of-7 (.857) from 50+ yards. The other 19 Lou Groza Award semifinalists are a combined 11-of-17 (.647) from 50+ yards.

DIVISION CHAMPIONS: With WASHINGTON (6-0) and WASHINGTON STATE (6-0) 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.

CFP RANKINGS: WASHINGTON entered the first CFP ranking of the season last week at No. 5. It’s the first appearance for the Huskies since the CFP rankings began in 2014 ... With the season’s first CFP rankings last Tuesday, UTAH is one of six schools (Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State and Ohio State) that has appeared in all 14 CFP rankings (7 in 2014, 6 in 2015, 1 in 2016).

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 10 consecutive weeks, the longest stretch in the Top 10 since it appeared in the Top 10 12 straight weeks in 1997 ... 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 had 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. The Buffs are No. 16 in this week’s poll, the highest placing since it was slotted at No. 14 the week of Dec. 8, 2002.

POINTS, POINTS, AND MORE POINTS: For the second and third time this season, a Pac-12 team has scored 65 or more points in a game as WASHINGTON STATE posted a 69-7 win over Arizona and WASHINGTON posted a 66-27 win at California . Earlier this season, WASHINGTON won 70-21 at Oregon. Only the 2008 season had more games (4) in which a team scored 65 or more points (USC 69-0 over Washington State; Oregon State 55-13 over Washington State; California 66-3 over Washington State; Oregon 65-38 over Oregon State).

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: 7-11)
2 - Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC (combined record: 27-27)
1 - California, Utah, Washington, Washington State (combined record: 27-9)

SPECIAL, SPECIAL TEAMS: Only eight schools can claim that both their punter and place kicker ranks among the FBS Top 25 in punting average and field goals made per game. Four of those eight hail from the Pac-12: ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, STANFORD and UTAH. The other four are Memphis, Ohio State, Texas A&M and UL Lafayette

             Punter                                                  Place Kicker
ASU      Matt Haack (9th, 45.5 avg)                  Zane Gonzalez (2nd, 2.22 fgm/game)
CAL      Dylan Klumph (12th, 45.1 avg)           Matt Anderson (7th, 1.78 fgm/game)
STAN    Jake Bailey (24th, 44.1 avg)               Conrad Ukropina (10th, 1.75 fgm/game)
UTAH    Mitch Wishnowsky (1st, 48.8 avg)     Andy Phillips (21st, 1.56 fgm/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. 10 Site Local Time/TV
13/12 UTAH (7-2) at ARIZONA STATE (5-4)
Series: ASU leads, 20-7-0. Last: UTAH, 30-24 (2015)
The Utes snapped an 11-game losing streak to Arizona State with last season’s win.
Sun Devil Stadium (56,232) 7:30 p.m. MST
Sat., Nov. 12 Site Local Time/TV
nr/t37 STANFORD (6-3) at OREGON (3-6)
Series: STAN leads, 46-32-1. Last: ORE, 38-36 (2015)
Ducks have 4-3 edge over last seven games, averaging 47.0 ppg in those four wins.
Autzen Stadium (54,000) 1:00 p.m. PT
26/26 USC (6-3) at 4/4 WASHINGTON (9-0)
Series: USC leads, 50-29-4*. Last: WASH, 17-12 (2015)
USC has won nine of the last 12, but Huskies have taken three of the last five.
Husky Stadium (70,083) 4:30 p.m. PT
OREGON STATE (2-7) at UCLA (3-6)
Series: UCLA leads, 42-16-4. Last: UCLA, 41-0 (2015)
The Beavers have won two of the last three played in the Rose Bowl, with the one loss being a three-point setback.
Rose Bowl (80,616) 6:00 p.m. PT
16/15 COLORADO (7-2) at ARIZONA (2-7)
Series: COLO leads, 13-5-0. Last: ARIZ, 38-31 (2015)
Arizona has won the last four in the series, and five of the last six.
Arizona Stadium (55,675) 8:00 p.m. MST
Series: CAL leads, 46-26-5. Last: CAL, 34-28 (2015)
Cal has won 10 of the last 11 in the series, including a 60-59 decision in the last meeting in Pullman.
Martin Stadium (32,952) 7:30 p.m. PT

Rankings listed (AP/Coaches poll)
* Not included one win vacated due to NCAA penalty

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