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This Week in Pac-12 Football - Week 11

Nov 10, 2021
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DYNAMIC DUO:  OREGON moved up one spot in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings to #3, the Ducks second highest ranking in CFP history.  Oregon was #2 in the final 5 weeks of the 2014 season.  UTAH enters at #24, their first time being ranked by the CFP since the 2019 season.

GAME POSTPONED:  Saturday’s matchup of USC at CALIFORNIA has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday, December 4th.  Cal had additional football student-athletes test positive for COVID-19 and are unavailable to practice this week or play in the game.

CHAMP GAME IMPLICATIONS:

NORTH DIVISION: Oregon would clinch their spot in the 2021 Pac-12 Championship Game, presented by 76®, with a win over Washington State on Saturday AND a Stanford win over Oregon State.   

SOUTH DIVISION:  Utah would clinch their spot in the 2021 Pac-12 Championship Game, presented by 76®, with a win over Arizona AND a Washington win over Arizona State.  

The 2021 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®, is set for Friday, Dec. 3 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.  To purchase tickets, visit Pac-12.com/tickets.

WHAT BROWN DOES FOR YOU:  OREGON QB Anthony Brown was named one of the 20 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.    Brown has 11 passing TD and leads Pac-12 QBs with 7 rushing TD.  The 3 finalists will be announced on November 23rd.

WALK THIS WAY:  OREGON OL Ryan Walk has been named  one of the 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, the most outstanding college football player to begin their career as a walk-on.  Walk has started 16 straight games, the first 11 at right guard and the last 5 at center for Alex Forsyth.  The 3 finalists will be named on November 16th.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:  The conference announced some start times over the next 2 weeks.  All listed times are local times.

Friday, November 19th (previously announced)

  • 6:00 p.m. MT- Arizona at Washington State, Pac-12 Network

Saturday, November 20th

  • 1:00 p.m. MT- Washington at Colorado, Pac-12 Network
  • 4:00 p.m. PT- California at Stanford, Pac-12 Network
  • 7:30 p.m. PT- Arizona State at Oregon State, ESPN

6-day selections for the following 2 games will be announced following the games of November 13th

  •   Oregon at Utah and UCLA at USC

Additionally 2 game times were announced for Week 13

Friday, November 26th

  •   2:00 p.m. MT- Colorado at Utah, FOX
  •   5:00 p.m. PT- Washington State at Washington, FS1

AROUND THE PAC-12

#24 UTAH (6-3, 5-1) at ARIZONA (1-8, 1-5)

Sat., Nov. 13 • 12:00 pm MT • PAC-12 NETWORK

UTAH:  Have won the last 4 in this series, including the last 2 by a total of 60 points.  With a win, Kyle Whittingham will tie Ike Armstrong (141) for the most in program history.  5-1 with Cameron Rising as the starting QB and are averaging 38.5 PPG and 253.2 rush YPG in those 6 games.  441 rushing yards last week, their most since 1991 and the most by any team against Stanford since 1977.  RB Tavion Thomas career-high 177 rush yards and tied school record for the 2nd straight week with 4 rush TD.  Had 3 running backs with 100+ rush yards in same game for first time in program history.  LB Devin Lloyd had 5 TFL against Stanford and was named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week for the 2nd time this season.

ARIZONA:  Looking for their first win over the Utes since 2015 in Tucson. Picked up their first win of the season last week, snapping a 20-game losing streak.  It was their first win when scoring 10 points or less since 2010, when they beat Cal 10-9.  202 rushing yards in the win over Cal, 3rd time this season they have rushed for over 200 yards.  The defense held Cal to just 122 total yards (28 rush, 94 pass), the fewest they’ve allowed since 2008 and fewest in a conference game since 2006.

 

STANFORD (3-6, 2-5) at OREGON STATE (5-4, 3-3)

Sat., Nov. 13 • 2:30 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK

STANFORD: Have won the last 11 meetings with Oregon State and David Shaw is 10-0 against the Beavers.  TE/DE Tucker Fisk started on both sides of the ball last week, the first Pac-12 player to do it since Stanford’s Owen Marecic in the 2011 Orange Bowl.  QB Tanner McKee’s status is uncertain after missing last week’s game vs Utah.  If McKee is unable to go, freshman Ari Patu is expected to make his first career start.  Must win their last 3 games to become bowl eligible.

OREGON STATE:  4-0 at home this season, looking to go 5-0 for the first time since 2012.  A win will make Oregon State bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.  RB B.J. Baylor needs just 30 yards to become just the 2nd OSU player in the last 10 years to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.  ILB Avery Roberts had 13 tackles last week, his 6th straight game with 10+ tackles and has done it in 8 of 9 games this season.  Roberts’ 103 tackles are 4th most in FBS.  K Everett Hayes kicked a 60-yard FG last week, the longest in OSU history and tied for the longest in any conference game in Pac-12 history.  Relieved Defensive Coordinator Tim Tibesar of his duties with LB Coach Trent Bray taking over the rest of the season

 

ARIZONA STATE (6-3, 4-2) at WASHINGTON (4-5, 3-3)

Sat., Nov. 13 • 4:00 pm PT • FS1

ARIZONA STATE:  Have won 11 of the last 13 meetings with Washington but this is the first meeting since 2018.  All six of ASU’s wins this season are by at least 15 points.  RB Rachaad White had a career-high 202 rushing yards and 3 TD last week to earn the Pac-12 Rose Bowl Player of the Week.  White was the first Sun Devil to put up 200+ rush yards since Eno Benjamin in 2018.  Held USC to 92 rushing yards, 4th opponent this season they have held under 100.

WASHINGTON:  Have won the last 2 meetings with the Sun Devils in Seattle.  RB Sean McGrew had 2 rush TD last week against Oregon, his 4th game with multiple rushing TD this season.  Head Coach Jimmy Lake is suspended for this game.  Offensive Coordinator John Donovan was relieved of his duties on Sunday with WR Coach Junior Adams taking over play-calling for the rest of the season.  Must win 2 of the last 3 to become bowl eligible.

 

COLORADO (3-6, 2-4) at UCLA (5-4, 3-3)

Sat., Nov. 13 • 6:00 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK

COLORADO:  Won 3 of the last 5 meetings with the Bruins but have not beaten UCLA in the Rose Bowl since 2002.  Season-high 37 points and 392 total yards in last week’s 2 OT win over Oregon State.  QB Brendon Lewis had 6 passing TD over the last 2 games after throwing 4 TD in the first 7 games.  RB Jarek Broussard, the reigning Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, had a season-high 151 rush yards last week for his first 100-yard game of the season.  Head Coach Karl Dorrell was both a player (1982-86) and a head coach (2003-07) at UCLA.  Must win final 3 games to become bowl eligible.

UCLA:  Have won 5 straight home games against Colorado and are 7-1 against the Buffaloes all-time in Los Angeles (5-1 in Rose Bowl).  A win would make UCLA bowl eligible for first time since 2017.  Coming off a bye week and looking for their first home win since beating then #16 LSU on September 4th.  5-0 this season when they rush for over 200 yards.  QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson had 303 pass yards and 109 rush yards in last year’s matchup with Colorado, becoming first UCLA player with 300 pass yards and 100 rush yards in the same game.

 

WASHINGTON STATE (5-4, 4-2) at #3 OREGON (8-1, 5-1)

Sat., Nov. 13 • 7:30 pm PT • ESPN

WASHINGTON STATE (5-4, 3-3):  Have won 4 of the last 6 meetings with Oregon and 2 of their last 3 trips to Autzen Stadium.  Coming off a bye week, Cougars are 1-1 under acting head coach Jake Dickert.  Looking for their first win over a ranked opponent since the 2018 Alamo Bowl (#25 Iowa State).  QB Jayden de Laura has multiple pass TD in 6 of the 8 games he’s played this season and leads the Pac-12 with 17 pass TD.  Lead the Pac-12 and are 5th in FBS with 20 takeaways.  A win will give WSU bowl eligibility in 6 straight seasons (not including the shortened 2020 season).

OREGON (5-4, 4-2):  Won the last 2 meetings with Washington State.  17-game home win streak, the 3rd longest active streak in FBS.  Outgained Washington 427-166 last week, the fewest Oregon has allowed in a conference game since 2009.  Season-high 329 rushing yards last week which included a career-high 211 yards from RB Travis Dye.  Dye has 438 rushing yards and 8 rush TD in the 4 games since C.J. Verdell suffered a season-ending injury.  Have converted 23 of 35 on 3rd downs (65.7%) the last 3 weeks and are 6th best in the country at 50.0% for the season.  Held Washington to 7 first downs, only allowing the Huskies to convert 3 of 12 on 3rd down.

 

USC (4-5, 3-4) at CALIFORNIA (3-6, 2-4)

PPD • Re-scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4th

USC (4-5, 3-4):  Had their streak of 8 straight conference road wins snapped last week at Arizona State.  With All-American Drake London out for the season, WR Tahj Washington had 9 receptions for 78 yards against ASU, his 2nd straight game with 75+ receiving yards.    Freshman Safety Xavion Alford had 2 INT last week, the first Trojan with 2 picks in a game since 2017.  Must win 2 of their last 3 to become bowl eligible.

CALIFORNIA (3-6, 2-4):  Were without 7 starters last week in their loss at Arizona, including QB Chase Garbers, and were held to just 122 total yards.  Safety Elijah Hicks has an interception in 3 straight games, the first Cal player to do it in 3 straight since Griffin Piatt in 2014.  Deltha O’Neal did it in 6 straight games in 1999.  Must win their final 3 games to become bowl eligible.