This Week in Pac-12 Football
• THE RANKINGS: Five Pac-12 teams are in the AP Top 25 for the third consecutive week. It’s the first time the Pac-12 has seen five teams in the AP Top 25 in three straight weeks since the first six weeks of the 2015 season.
• IT’S MY BALL: OREGON STATE and UTAH are two of five FBS teams that have not turned the ball over this season.
THE RANKINGS: Once again, five Pac-12 teams are ranked this week in both the AP and Coaches polls - UTAH (11/12), OREGON (15/17), WASHINGTON (20/20), WASHINGTON (23/21), and USC (24/24) ... It’s the first time the Pac-12 has seen five teams in the AP Top 25 in three consecutive weeks since the first six weeks of the 2015 season ... It’s also the first time since 2016 that five Pac-12 teams were listed in the AP preseason Top 25.
GET YOUR KICKS II: Following an opening weekend where Pac-12 kickers were a combined 15-of-19 (.789) on field goal attempts, including 9-of-10 (.900) form 40+ yards, Pac-12 kickers were 16-of-20 (.800) last weekend. A pair of kickers earned the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award “Stars of the Week” - ARIZONA STATE FR Cristian Zendejas and WASHINGTON SO Peyton Henry. Both were a perfect 4-of-4 in their respective games, including a career-long 49-yarder by Henry. Zendejas, who is filling in for the injured Brandon Ruiz, is one of three kickers tied for the FBS lead at a perfect 7-for-7 on field goals.
100 x 2: ARIZONA had two 100-yard rushers in its 65-41 win over Northern Arizona as JR RB Gary Brightwell rambled for 141 yards on 5 carries (28.2 avg) and RJR RB J.J. Taylor rushed for 102 yards on 10 carries (10.2 avg) .... Meanwhile, WASHINGTON STATE had a pair of 100-yard receivers in its 59-17 win over Northern Colorado as GRAD WR Brandon Arconado had 8 receptions/127 yards/1 TD and RSR WR Easop Winston posted 6 receptions/113 yards/2 TDs.
YOU COMPLETE ME: Through the first two games, four Pac-12 QBs rank among the FBS top 12 in completion percentage. No other conference has more than three QBs among the top 12. The quartet has combined to complete 168-of-213 (.789) for 2,190 yards, 19 TDs, 2 INT.
• 2. Kedon Slovis, Fr., USC -- .829 (34-of-41, 434 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT)
• 4. Anthony Gordon, Sr., WSU -- .811 (60-of-74, 884 yards, 9 TDs, 1 INT)
• 7. Tyler Huntley, Sr., UTAH -- .771 (27-of-35, 320 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)
• 12. Justin Herbert, Sr., ORE -- .746 (47-of-63, 552 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT)
CARRY THE ROCK: Throught the first two games, three Pac-12 RBs rank among the FBS top 8 in rushing yards per game.
• 6. Christopher Brown Jr., So., CAL -- 138.5 yards per game
• 7. Jermar Jefferson, So., OSU -- 135.0 yards per game
• 8. Zack Moss, Sr., UTAH -- 133.5 yards per game
RECORD-SETTERS: A couple of school record-setting performances so far this season: Single-game punting average (min. 5 att.): 63.0 avg - Michael Turk, ASU vs. Kent State (Aug. 29)* Longest play from scrimmage: 96-yard pass - Steven Montez to K.D. Nixon, COLO vs. Nebraska (Sept. 7) *NCAA and Pac-12 record
THE RETURNEES: A total of 174 starters, who started at least half of his team’s games or a majority of games at a specific position, return to Pac-12 football squads in 2019. That’s out of a possible 288 (including placekickers and punters) for an average of 14.5 starters returning per team. OREGON returns the most with 19, followed by UCLA (18), ARIZONA (17) and ARIZONA STATE (17). STANFORD returns the fewest starters with nine. Among those returning starters are 11 first-team and 13 second-team All-Pac-12 performers. Eight of the 12 squads return at least seven starters on offense, and seven squads return at least seven starters on defense.
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