This Week in Pac-12 Football
THE RANKINGS: The Pac-12 has had four or more teams ranked in the AP Top 25 each week this season. This week’s rankings include No. 13 Oregon, No. 15 Washington, No. 17 Utah, No. 20 Arizona State.
WHO’S NEXT?: With a pair of starting Pac-12 quarterbacks knocked out of action during last weekend’s games, its possible that two more quarterbacks will see their first start of the season this weekend. That’ll be 17 different Pac-12 signal callers tabbed to start a game through the first six weeks of the season. Last season, 20 different Pac-12 quarterbacks started at least one game.
CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS: The Campbell Trophy announced the semifinalists for their award and the Pac-12 was well represented. The Campbell Trophy is considered the academic Heisman Trophy of college football. The list of semifinalsts include: Cody Creason, Arizona; Kyle Williams, Arizona State; Steven Coutts, California; Lucas Cooper, Colorado; Justin Herbert, Oregon; Andrzej Hughes-Murray, Oregon State; Casey Toohill, Stanford; Nick Harris, Washington; Gage Gubrud, Washington State. The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Wed., Oct. 30. The finalists will travel to New York City for the NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, where the winner will be announced as recipient of the 30th Campbell Trophy.
PAC-12 FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
THE RANKINGS: Four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the AP Top 25, three in the Coaches poll - OREGON (13/13), WASHINGTON (15/16), UTAH (17/17), and ARIZONA STATE (20/NR) ... The Pac-12 has had four or more teams ranked in the AP poll each week this season ... Eight different Pac-12 teams have been ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season.
HERBERT, HUNTLEY, HUNTLEY, HERBERT: OREGON’s Justin Herbert and UTAH’s Tyler Huntley are successfully completing passes at more than a 10 percent improvement over a year ago. As a junior, Herbert completed 59.4 percent of his pass attempts (240-of-404) and is currently at 74.4 percent (96-of-129). Huntley was at 64.1 percent (150-of-234) last season and has improved to 74.6 percent (85-of-114) this season. Both quarterbacks rank among the top 12 FBS quarterbacks in both completion percentage and passing efficiency.
YOU COMPLETE ME: Through the first five weeks, five Pac-12 QBs rank among the FBS top 20 in completion percentage. The quintet has combined to complete 511-of-697 (.733) for 6,394 yards, 58 TDs, 12 INT.
• 2. Kedon Slovis, Fr., USC .773 (60-of-77, 732 yards, 5 TDs, 4 INT)
• 7. Tyler Huntley, Sr., UTAH .746 (85-of-114, 1,146 yards, 7 TD, 0 INT)
• 8. Justin Herbert, Sr., ORE .744 (96-of-129, 1,127 yards, 14 TDs, 0 INT)
• 16. Anthony Gordon, Sr., WSU .720 (167-of-232, 2,146 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INT)
•18. Jacob Eason, Jr., WASH .710 (103-of-145, 1,243, 10 TDs, 2 INT)
NO INTERCEPTION FOR YOU: Three Pac-12 quarterbacks are among the eight FBS quarterbacks who have 100 or more pass attempts without an interception this season. OREGON STATE SR QB Jake Luton (135 pass attempts), OREGON SR QB Justin Herbert (129 pass attempts), and UTAH SR QB Tyler Huntley (114 attempts). Dating back to last season, Herbert has a streak of 174 pass attempts without an interception. Luton is at 140 attempts, Huntley at 116 attempts.
YOU GIVETH, I TAKETH: While three starting QBs have yet to throw a pick, four Pac-12 defenses are among the top 8 nationally in interceptions. ARIZONA is the FBS leader with nine interceptions (had seven all of 2018), UTAH and WASHINGTON are tied for fourth with seven, OREGON is eighth with six. The Utes have returned two of their four picks for touchdown. Individually, Arizona’s Jace Whittaker and Lorenzo Burns, Colorado’s Mikial Onu, and WASHINGTON’s Cameron Williams lead all FBS players with three interceptions each.
SEEKING PERFECTION: Twenty-one FBS kickers who meet the minimum qualifications (min. 1 FGA per game/must play in 75% of team’s games) remain perfect on their field goal attempts. Three Pac-12 kickers are among those 21 - WASHINGTON’s Peyton Henry (9-for-9), WASHINGTON STATE’s Blake Mazza (7-for-7), and COLORADO’s James Stefanou (6-for-6).
BUELLER?, BUELLER?, BUELLER?: The following Pac-12 student-athletes were named candidates for the Senior CLASS Award - Myles Bryant, Washington; Johnny Den Bleyker, UCLA; Justin Herbert, Oregon; Zack Moss, Utah; Evan Weaver, California. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
RECORD-SETTERS: A look at some record-setting performances so far this season. All school records, unless noted as Pac-12 or NCAA:
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) Touchdown passes in a game: 9 - Anthony Gordon, WSU vs. UCLA (Sept. 21)+ Most combined points, game: 130 - UCLA (67), Washington State (63) (Sept. 21)+ Total Offense: 564 - Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA at Washington State (Sept. 21)
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