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2022 Pac-12 Football Championship Game

Event: Friday, Dec. 2
TV: 5 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. MT on FOX
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This Week in Pac-12 Football - Week 5

Sep 28, 2022

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LOOKING UP: This week’s AP Top 25 had 4 Pac-12 teams in the Top 15 for the first time since November 2016.  In fact, the last time the conference had 4 teams in the Top 15 heading into Week 5 was Sept. 30, 1986.

USC remains the highest ranked Pac-12 team, moving up one spot this week to #6 which is their highest ranking since they were 5th in September 2017.  UTAH  also moved up one spot to #12 and have been in the Top 15 all season while OREGON moves up two spots to #13.  WASHINGTON moves up three spots to #15, the Huskies highest ranking since they were #15 in the Sept. 29, 2019 poll.

HITTING THE BOOKS: The William V. Campbell Trophy announced their semifinalists with 10 schools from the Pac-12 represented.  The award is given to the college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field performance.  The last Pac-12 winner was Oregon’s Justin Herbert in 2019.

  • WR Daniel Arias, Colorado
  • OL Matthew Cindric, California
  • LB Jack Colletto, Oregon State
  • DL Nick Figueroa, USC
  • OL Alex Forsyth, Oregon
  • DB R.J. Hubert, Utah
  • EDGE Brennan Jackson, Washington State
  • LB Shea Pitts, UCLA
  • OL Walter Rouse, Stanford
  • LB Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington

HONORING DAVE NICHOL:  USC will unveil a “DN” helmet sticker this week in honor of Dave Nichol, who passed away on March 25, 2022 after being hired in December as the school’s Inside Wide Receivers Coach/Associate Head Coach.  Nichol previously coached in the conference at both Washington State (2016-19 and Arizona (2007-11).

WEEK 6 SCHEDULE:  Game time and TV assignments announced (all times local)

Saturday, October 8th

  •   1:30 p.m. MT - Utah at UCLA (FOX or FS1)
  •   1:00 p.m. PT - Washington at Arizona State, Pac-12 Network
  •   4:30 p.m. PT - Washington State at USC (FOX)
  •   6:00 p.m. PT - Oregon at Arizona, Pac-12 Network
  •   8:00 p.m. PT - Oregon State at Stanford, ESPN

AROUND THE PAC-12

#15 WASHINGTON (4-0, 1-0) at UCLA (4-0, 1-0)

Fri., Sept. 30 • 7:30 pm PT • ESPN

WASHINGTON: Won their last meeting at UCLA, 31-24 in 2018.  Looking to start 5-0 for the 3rd time in the last 7 seasons (2016, 2017).  Started season with 4 straight games scoring 39+ points for 2nd time in school history (1944).  Michael Penix Jr. 4 straight games with 300+ pass yards, first UW QB to do it since 2002 when Cody Pickett did it in first 7 games.  RB Wayne Taulapapa career-high 120 rush yards last week vs. Stanford.  8 sacks last week vs. Stanford, their most since 2017 against Cal.

UCLA:  Have won 8 of their last 9 home games against Washington.  7-game win streak, tied for the 3rd longest active streak in FBS and UCLA’s longest since 2005.  Looking to start 5-0 for first time since 2013.  3 games scoring 45 points this season, 3 games with 45+ points the previous 4 seasons combined.  Dorian Thompson-Robinson 69 career pass TD, needs 6 to tie Brett Hundley for most in school history.  Laiatu Latu career-high 3.0 sacks against Colorado last week, Latu played for UW in 2019 but sat out 2020 and 2021 with a  neck injury.  UCLA 9-0 since start of last season when Zach Charbonnet rushes for 100+ yards.

OREGON STATE (3-1, 0-1) at #12 UTAH (3-1, 1-0)

Sat., Oct. 1 • 12:00 pm MT • PAC-12 NETWORK

OREGON STATE: Beat Utah 42-34 in Corvallis last season, outscoring the Utes 28-10 in the 2nd half.  Have not won in Salt Lake City since 2013, 51-48 in OT.  Lost 8 of last 9 conference road games, last win was in 2021 at USC.  Lost 17-14 to Trojans last week but was first team this season to hold USC under 41 points and under 500 total yards (357).  Looking to start 4-1 in back-to-back seasons for first time since  2013-14.  Oregon State has 13 rushing TD this season (T-8th in FBS) by 7 different players.  Looking for 2nd win over Top 25 team since 2015.

UTAH: Won last 3 games, outscoring opponents 142-27.  12-1 in conference home games since start of 2019 season and won 21 of last 22 home games overall.  Have won 5 of last 6 against Oregon State.  1 of 8 FBS teams in Top 25 in scoring offense (19th) and scoring defense (T-13th).  TE Brant Kuithe, the team’s leading receiver, will miss the rest of the season due to injury.  TE Dalton Kincaid had 2 rec TD last week at Arizona State, his 2nd multi-rec TD game of the season.  RB Tavion Thomas 25 rush TD in 2 years at Utah, needs 1 to tie Eddie Johnson for 3rd on school’s career list.  Defense held ASU to 6 rush yards last week.

CALIFORNIA (3-1, 1-0) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-1, 0-1)

Sat., Oct. 1 • 2:30 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK

CALIFORNIA: Looking to start 4-1 or better for 4th time in Pac-12 era (2014, 2015, 2019).  RB Jaydn Ott 274 rush yards last week, most ever in a game by a Pac-12 freshman and 3rd most in Cal history.  Beat Arizona 49-31, tying for most points in a game in the Justin Wilcox era (2018 at Oregon State) and only 2nd win under Wilcox when allowing 30+ points.  QB Jack Plummer 3 pass TD vs. Arizona, 2nd game this season with 3 pass TD.  Last win in Pullman was in 2014 when Cal won 60-59 with Jared Goff and Connor Halliday combining for 1261 pass yards and 11 pass TD.

WASHINGTON STATE: Looking to start 4-1 or better for 3rd time in Pac-12 era (2017, 2018).  Leads FBS with 38 tackles for loss this season with 8.5 of them coming from LB Daiyan Henley (T-3rd in FBS).  QB Cameron Ward season-high 375 pass yards against Oregon, his 2nd straight with 300+ yards.  WR Donovan Ollie 24 receptions is 2nd most in Pac-12 with at least 5 catches in every game.    Andre Dollar started at TE against Oregon, the first time WSU has started a TE since Andre Lintz in 2011 Apple Cup.

COLORADO (0-4, 0-1) at ARIZONA (2-2, 0-1)

Sat., Oct. 1 • 6:30 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK

COLORADO: Have won last 2 meetings with Arizona including 2020 game in Tucson when Jarek Broussard ran for 301 yards.  9-3 all-time in Tucson.  Owen McCown 258 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD in his first career start, becoming the first first true freshman to start at QB since Sefo Liufau in 2013.  Along with WR Chase Sowell and OG Van Wells, Colorado started 3 true freshmen on offense in the same game since 2008.  18 different players have caught a pass for Colorado this season, 1 short of their school record of 19 set in 1999 and 2004.

ARIZONA: 31+ points in 3 of 4 games this season, had 1 game with 31+ points the previous 2 seasons combined.  Looking for winning record through 5 games for first time since 2019 (4-1).  QB Jayden de Laura career-high 401 pass yards last week at Cal, first Arizona QB with 400 pass yards in a game since Khalil Tate in 2019 at Colorado.  Jacob Cowing (7 rec, 133 yds) and Dorian Singer (8 rec, 103 yds) first pair of Arizona receivers with 100+ yards in same game since 2014.  536 total yards last week, their most in the Jedd Fisch era and most in a loss since 2019 at Hawai’i.

ARIZONA STATE (1-3, 0-1) at #6 USC (4-0, 2-0)

Sat., Oct. 1 • 7:30 pm PT • ESPN

ARIZONA STATE: Have split their last 4 meeting with USC and looking for first win in the Coliseum since 2018 when Eno Benjamin ran for 185 yards and 2 scores.  4 of their last 6 games at USC decided by 4 points or less.  First 1-3 start since 1994, have not started 1-4 since 1976.  After averaging 189.3 rush YPG in first 3 games, held to 6 rushing yards last week, their fewest since 2011 Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State (-11 yards).  Hawai’i transfer DB Khoury Bethley career-high 14 tackles.

USC: Went unbeaten in the month of September for the first time since 2010.  Looking to start 5-0 for 2nd time in last 3 years (2020).  Only FBS team that has not committed a turnover this season and leads the country with a +14 margin.  Forced multiple turnovers in 4 straight games for first time since first 7 games of 2012.  Have not thrown an INT in 130 attempts this season, tied for most attempts without an INT this season (Tennessee).  RB Travis Dye season-high 133 rush yards at Oregon State, 3rd straight game with 100+ rush yds (had 7 100-yd games in 4 seasons at Oregon).  WR Jordan Addison has at least 1 rec TD in all 4 games with USC.  1-4 in conference home games last season.  LB Eric Gentry was a Freshman All-American at Arizona State last season.

STANFORD (1-2, 0-2) at #13 OREGON (3-1, 1-1)

Sat., Oct. 1 • 8:00 pm PT • FS1

STANFORD: Last road team to win a road game at Oregon in September 2018, 38-31 in OT.  Knocked off then #3 Oregon 31-24 in OT on the Farm last season, Stanford’s last win over a ranked team.  This is their 3rd straight game against a Top 25 opponent.  29 wins against Top 25 teams since 2011, most in the Pac-12 era.  RB E.J. Smith will miss rest of season due to injury.  RB Casey Filkins 100 rush yds last week at Washington, first career 100-yard game.  WR Michael Wilson career-high 176 rec yds last week, has multiple rec TD in 2 of the 3 games this season.

OREGON: 21 straight home wins, 3rd longest active streak in FBS (Clemson -36, Cincinnati - 29).  Outscored Washington State 29-14 in the fourth quarter last week for their first win after trailing by 3 quarters since the 2020 Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin.  624 total yards last week for their second game with 600+ yards this season, had 4 games with 600+ yards the previous 6 seasons combined.  QB Bo Nix career-high 428 pass yards last week.  Nix with 10 TD passes, 1 less than he had in 10 games at Auburn last season.  Only FBS team to not allow sack this season.  TE Cam McCormick 2 rec TD this season, his first TD since 2017.

PAC-12 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

2 for 12: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (CAL) passed for 255 yards and 2 TD in their win at Tampa Bay.  That was Rodgers’ 143rd  career game with at least 2 TD passes, passing Philip Rivers for 5th most all-time.

SUPER FAST CHARGER: Chargers QB Justin Herbert (OREGON) had 297 passing yards and a TD in their loss to Jacksonville but Herbert still set a few milestones.  The former Duck became the fastest player in NFL history to record 900 completions (35  games) and the second fastest to reach 10,000 passing yards (Patrick Mahomes in 36 games).

LONDON CALLING: Falcons WR Drake London (USC) had 3 receptions for 54 yards and his 2nd career TD last week in Seattle.  If London has 50+ receiving yards, he would become the 6th rookie in NFL history to have 50+ receiving yards in each of his team’s first 4 games.  London has 2 of QB Marcus Mariota’s (OREGON) 3 passing TD this season while Mariota has also run in 2 scores on the ground.

VIKING QUEST:  Vikings LB Eric Kendricks (UCLA) had 11 tackles last week against the Lions for his 29th career game with 10+ tackles and first of the 2022 season.

MAC to MAC:  Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (STANFORD) ran for a season-high 108 yards against the Saints.  It was his 12th career 100-yard game and had back-to-back games with 100+ rush yards for first time since 2019.  McCaffrey needs 170 rush yards to become the 2nd Stanford player all-time with 4,000 career NFL rush yards (Darrin Nelson) and needs 2 rush TD to tie for the most ever by a former Cardinal (John Elway, 33).  His new Panthers’ teammate, Laviska Shenault (COLORADO), had 2 catches for 90 yards with a 67-yard TD in his Carolina debut.  It's the 2nd most receiving yards in a game in Shenault’s career.

LLOVING LLOYD:  Jaguars LB Devin Lloyd (UTAH) has interceptions in back-to-back games and leads all NFL rookies with 24 tackles this season.

MIAMI’S VICE:  Dolphins S Jevon Holland (OREGON) had a career-high in tackles (10) and sacks (1.5) while adding 2 passes defended and his first career forced fumble while playing every defensive snap in Week 3 against the Bills.