This Week in Pac-12 Football

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THE RANKINGS: OREGON and UTAH move up one spot in this week’s CFP rankings, coming in at No. 6 and No. 7 respectively ... With Oregon at No. 6 and Utah at No. 8 in the AP poll, the Pac-12 has two teams ranked among the AP Top 8 in back-to-back weeks for the first time since the first five weeks of the 2017 season when USC and Washington held down spots among the top eight. It’s the highest ranking for the Ducks since finishing the 2014 season at No. 2.

DIVISION RACES: OREGON and OREGON STATE remain alive for the North Division crown. A win Saturday by the Ducks and they clinch the North. Or, a win by Arizona State will put the Ducks in the FCG. UTAH, USC, and UCLA remain alive in the South Division race. 

THE RANKINGS: Two Pac-12 teams are ranked in the AP and in the Coaches polls - OREGON (6/6) and UTAH (8/9) ... It’s the third-straight week with two Pac-12 teams in the Top 10 ... Eight different Pac-12 teams have been ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season.

STREAKING: Some notable streaks of late...
• USC WR Michael Pittman Jr. has caught four or more passes in each of the last 15 games. During that stretch of games, he has a total of 93 receptions for 1,487 yards and 13 TDs.
• OREGON has won eight in a row, and eight consecutive conference games.
• UCLA has rushed for 200 or more yards in its last five straight games.
• OREGON STATE has won three straight conference road games for the first time since 2013.
• ARIZONA STATE WR Kyle Williams has a reception in 37 straight games, currently the fourth-longest active streak in FBS.
• For starters... OREGON OG Shane Lemieux and OT Calvin Throckmorton have each started 47 consecutive games. OREGON STATE OT Blake Brandel has started 45 consecutive games.
• WASHINGTON STATE PK Blake Mazza has connected on 15 consecutive field goal attempts.
• UTAH has sold out 62-straight games in Rice-Eccles Stadium since the 2010 season opener.

YOU COMPLETE ME: Through 10 weeks, four Pac-12 QBs are among the 11 FBS quarterbacks who have completed at least 69.0% of their pass attempts this season (minimum 15 passes per game/played in 75.0% of team’s games). That’s more than any other conference. Those five have combined to complete 858-of-1,214 (.707) for 10,506 yards, 89 TDs, 22 INT.
• 2. Tyler Huntley, Sr., UTAH .733 (141-of-191, 2,062 yards, 11 TD, 1 INT)
• 6. Anthony Gordon, Sr., WSU .710 (323-of-455, 3,794 yards, 34 TDs, 10 INT)
• 10. Justin Herbert, Sr., ORE .694 (200-of-288, 2,329 yards, 24 TDs, 2 INT)
• 11. Kedon Slovis, Fr., USC .693 (194-of-280, 2,321 yards, 20 TDs, 9 INT)

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: 11 FBS quarterbacks have thrown two or fewer interceptions this season (min. 15 attempts/must play in 75.0% of team’s games). Of those 11, four reside in the Pac-12 - UTAH SR QB Tyler Huntley (1 INT in 191 attempts), OREGON SR QB Justin Herbert (2 INT in 288 attempts), OREGON STATE SR QB Jake Luton (2 INT in 283 pass attempts), and ARIZONA STATE FR QB Jayden Daniels (2 INT in 223 attempts).

QUARTERBACK DEBUTS: Due to injuries, Pac-12 teams have combined to start 21 different quarterbacks this season. Not only has the Pac-12 started 21 different signal-callers, but 10 have made their first-ever FBS start in 2019.

SEEKING PERFECTION: Five 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. Among them is WASHINGTON STATE’s Blake Mazza (15-for-15).

NOT SO FRIENDLY CONFINES: The home team is just 19-19 in Pac-12 play. Only OREGON and UTAH remain undefeated at home in conference play, each with 3-0 records vs. Pac-12 foes.

CONFERENCE OF QUARTERBACKS: The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has tabbed its 10 finalists for the nation’s top college quarterback. The Pac-12 is well represented on that list with OREGON QB Justin Herbert, UTAH QB Tyler Huntley and WASHINGTON QB Jacob Eason. No other conference has more than one quarterback among the 10 finalists.

BUTKUS AWARD SEMIFINALISTS: The Butkus Award announced their 12 semifinalists and making the list was CALIFORNIA senior LB Evan Weaver. Weaver leads the FBS in tackles, averaging 15.9 per game.

MAXWELL AND BEDNARIK AWARDS TAB SEMIFINALISTS: OREGON QB Justin Herbert and UTAH RB Zack Moss are two of the 20 semifinalists for the 83rd Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year, while CALIFORNIA LB Evan Weaver and UTAH DE Bradlee Anae are two of the 20 semifinalists for the 25th Chuck Bednarik Award for the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

BURLSWORTH TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS: The Burlsworth Trophy has announced its 10 semifinalists. The Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on. Among those 10 semifinalists are CALIFORNIA S/KR Ashtyn Davis and UCLA RB Joshua Kelley.

RECORD-SETTERS: A look at some record-setting performances so far this season. All school records, unless noted as Pac-12 or NCAA records:
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)
Most Pass Attempts: 57 - Kedon Slovis, USC vs. Oregon (Nov. 2)
Career Rushing: 3,479 - Zack Moss, Utah (2016-current)
Career Rushing Touchdowns: 34 - Zack Moss, Utah (2016-current)
100-yards Rushing Games: 16 - Zack Moss, Utah (2016-current)

+ Pac-12 record, # NCAA record

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