This Week in Pac-12 Football
THE RANKINGS: OREGON and UTAH remain at No. 6 and No. 7, with USC making its first appearance at No. 23 in this week’s CFP rankings ... With Oregon at No. 6 and Utah at No. 7 in the AP poll, the Pac-12 has two teams ranked among the AP Top 8 in three consecutive 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.
DIVISION RACES: OREGON has clinched the North Division crown and will be making its third Pac-12 Football Championship Game appearance. Meanwhile, the South Division race is down to UTAH and USC. The Utes control their own destiny, but USC owns the tiebreaker should they finish tied atop the South Division standings. See page 8 of this release for Pac-12 tie-break procedures.
FOUR OR MORE WINS: Entering this weekend’s play, the Pac-12 Conference is the only FBS conference with all its teams having four or more victories this season. Only once has the Conference had a season where all teams had won four or more games (1965).
SEMIFINALISTS: OREGON STATE’s Isaiah Hodgins (73 receptions/1,021 yards/13 TDs) and USC’s Michael Pittman Jr. (82 receptions/1,118 yards/9 TDs) were announced as semifinalists for the Biletnikof Award honoring the nation’s top receiver. WASHINGTON’s Hunter Bryant (41 receptions/647 yards/3 TDs) and STANFORD’s Colby Parkinson (41 receptions/492 yards/1 TD) are semifinalitsts for the John Mackey Award recognizing the nation’s top tight end.
PAC-12 FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
THE RANKINGS: Two Pac-12 teams are ranked in the AP and in the Coaches polls - OREGON (6/6) and UTAH (7/8) ... It’s the fourth-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.
RARE AIR: WASHINGTON STATE QB Anthony Gordon threw for 520 yards in the win over Stanford. Cardinal QB Davis Mills responded by throwing for 504 yards. It was the third time in conference history that both quarterbacks threw for 500 or more yards in a conference game.
• 2013 Connor Halliday, WSU (521 yards) and Jared Goff, California (504 yards)
• 2014 Connor Halliday, WSU (734 yards) and Jared Goff, California (527 yards)
• 2019 Anthony Gordon, WSU (520 yards) and Davis Mills, Stanford (504 yards).
A ROLLING UTE GATHERS NO MOSS: UTAH senior RB Zack Moss has rushed for 100 or more yards in six games this season, including four of the last five, and leads the Pac-12 in rushing (106.1 avg). Moss already owns the school career records for rushing (3,606 yards) and rushing touchdowns (36). However, it’s his pass catching ability that’s been gaining attention of late. Over the last four games, he’s pulled in 15 receptions for 281 yards and one score. In his first 37 games as a Ute, he had 40 receptions for 304 yards ... Over the last four games, Moss is averaging 180.5 all-purpose yards per game.
STREAKING: Some notable streaks of late...
• USC WR Michael Pittman Jr. has caught four or more passes in each of the last 13 games, and 16 of the last 17 games he has played. During that stretch of 17 games, he has a total of 104 receptions for 1,667 yards and 14 TDs.
• OREGON has won nine in a row, and nine consecutive conference 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 38 straight games, currently the fourth-longest active streak in FBS.
• For starters... OREGON OG Shane Lemieux and OT Calvin Throckmorton have each started 48 consecutive games. OREGON STATE OT Blake Brandel has started 46 consecutive games.
• WASHINGTON STATE PK Blake Mazza has connected on 18 consecutive field goal attempts.
• UTAH has sold out 63-straight games in Rice-Eccles Stadium since the 2010 season opener.
YOU COMPLETE ME: Through 12 weeks, four Pac-12 QBs are among the 12 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 965-of-1,355 (.712) for 12,100 yards, 104 TDs, 24 INT.
2. Tyler Huntley, Sr., UTAH .742 (155-of-209, 2,397 yards, 13 TD, 1 INT)
7. Anthony Gordon, Sr., WSU .713 (367-of-515, 4,314 yards, 39 TDs, 11 INT)
8. Kedon Slovis, Fr., USC .708 (223-of-315, 2,727 yards, 24 TDs, 9 INT)
10. Justin Herbert, Sr., ORE .696 (220-of-316, 2,662 yards, 28 TDs, 3 INT)
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: 18 FBS quarterbacks have thrown three or fewer interceptions this season (min. 15 attempts/must play in 75.0% of team’s games). Of those 18, four reside in the Pac-12 - UTAH SR QB Tyler Huntley (1 INT in 209 attempts), ARIZONA STATE FR QB Jayden Daniels (2 INT in 259 attempts) , OREGON STATE SR QB Jake Luton (2 INT in 318 pass attempts), and OREGON SR QB Justin Herbert (3 INT in 316 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 (18-for-18).
NOT SO FRIENDLY CONFINES: The home team is just 23-20 in Pac-12 play. Only OREGON and UTAH remain undefeated at home in conference play, each with 4-0 records vs. Pac-12 foes.
CONFERENCE OF QUARTERBACKS: The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has narrowed its list to five finalists for the nation’s top college quarterback. The Pac-12 is well represented on that list with OREGON QB Justin Herbert and UTAH QB Tyler Huntley.... A trio of Pac-12 quarterbacks are among the 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award - Herbert, Huntley and WASHINGTON STATE QB Anthony Gordon.
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 15.1 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 FINALIST: The Burlsworth Trophy has announced that CALIFORNIA S/KR Ashtyn Davis is one of their three finalists. The Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on.