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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
Allegiant Stadium | Las Vegas, NV

This Week in Pac-12 Football - Week 8

Oct 19, 2022

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RANKINGS SHUFFLE: The Pac-12 once again has 4 teams ranked in the Top 15 but after UTAH’s win over USC, the order has been re-shuffled.  UCLA is now the only undefeated Pac-12 school and are the highest ranked team at #9.  It’s the Bruins first appearance in the Top 10 since September 2015.  OREGON moved up 2 spots to #10, their highest ranking of the season.  And after their tough match-up in Salt Lake City last week, USC moved down 5 spots to #12 while UTAH move up 5 spots to #15.

TOP 10 MATCH-UP:  #9 UCLA at #10 Oregon is the first AP Top 10 match-up between two Pac-12 teams since the 2016 Pac-12 Championship Game.  ESPN’s College GameDay will be live from the University of Oregon on the Memorial Quad from 6am-9am PT.

MIDSEASON FORM:  Several outlets released their midseason All-American teams with strong representation from the Pac-12 on each:

Associated Press

  • TE Dalton Kincaid (Utah), EDGE Laiatu Latu (UCLA), DL Tuli Tuipulotu  (USC), CB Clark Phillips III (Utah)

The Athletic

  • 1st team:  WR Rome Odunze (Washington), DT Tuli Tuipulotu (USC), CB Clark Phillips III (Utah)
  • 2nd team:  RB Zach Charbonnet (UCLA), OT Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu (Oregon), LB Laiatu Latu (UCLA)

CBS Sports

  • OL Andrew Vorhees (USC), DL Tuli Tuipulotu (USC), CB Clark Phillips III (Utah)

PFF College

  • 1st team:  LG Andrew Vorhees (USC), CB Clark Phillips III (Utah)
  • 2nd team:  TE Dalton Kincaid (Utah), RT Taliese Fuaga (Oregon State), C Brett Neilon (USC)
  • 3rd team:  WR Jacob Cowing (Arizona), RG Justin Dedich (USC)
  • HM:  WR Jordan Addison (USC), EDGE Grayson Murphy (UCLA)

The Athletic - Freshman All-America

  • RB Jaydn Ott (Cal), WR Tetairoa McMillan (Arizona), OL Jonah Savaiinaea (Arizona). DL David Bailey (Stanford), CB Jeremiah Earby (California), K Carter Brown (Arizona State)

BOWL BLITZ:  2 Pac-12 schools have already secured bowl eligibility for the season with UCLA and USC both reaching 6 wins.  3 more schools could reach that level this weekend with a win as Oregon, Oregon State and Washington all have 5 wins.  Utah also has 5 wins but is on a bye this week.

WEEK 9 SCHEDULE:  Game time and TV assignments announced (all times local)

Thursday, October 27th (previously announced)

  • 7:00 p.m. PT - Utah at Washington State (FS1)

Saturday, October 29th

  • 12:30 p.m. PT - Oregon at California (FOX or FS1)
  •   4:00 p.m. PT - USC at Arizona (Pac-12 Network)
  •   5:30 p.m. MT - Arizona State at Colorado (ESPNU)
  •   7:30 p.m. PT - Stanford at UCLA (ESPN)

AROUND THE PAC-12

#9 UCLA (6-0, 3-0) at #10 OREGON (5-1, 3-0)

Sat., Oct. 22 • 12:30 pm PT • FOX

UCLA: Looking for first win over Oregon since 2017 and first win at Autzen since 2004.  Have not beaten a Top 10 team on the road since 2010 (#7 Texas) and their last conference road win over a Top 10 team was 1990 (#2 Washington).  9-game win streak, tied for 2nd longest active streak in FBS and UCLA’s longest since a 20-game win streak in 1997-98.  6-0 for the first time since 2005 when Karl Dorrell led them to an 8-0 start.  5-1 in true road games since the start of last season.  QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson 74.8 comp% is 2nd in FBS this season and would be best in Pac-12 history.  LB Laiatu Latu 6.5 sacks this season, T-2nd in FBS.  RB Zach Charbonnet 3 straight games with 100+ rush yds, UCLA 11-0 last 2 seasons when Charbonnet rushes for 100+ yards.

OREGON:  14-3 against UCLA since the 2000 season, winning the last 3 matchups overall and last 7 in Autzen.   11-4 at home against Top 10 teams since 1994 with the last game a win over #7 Washington in 2018.  Last faced a Top 10 UCLA team in Eugene in 2000, beating the #6 Bruins 29-10.  22-game home win streak, 3rd longest active streak in FBS.  A win would tie their longest home streak in school history and give them a school record 17 straight home conference wins.  Oregon is 7-3 the last 10 times ESPN’s College GameDay has come to Eugene.  Have allowed just 1 sack this season, fewest in FBS.  1 of 5 Power 5 schools ranked in Top 20 in rushing offense (8th) and rushing defense (19th).  QB Bo Nix 8.3 yards per carry, 5th in FBS and 8 rush TD in last 4 games.

 

ARIZONA STATE (2-4, 1-2) at STANFORD (2-4, 0-4)

Sat., Oct. 22 • 1:00 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK

ARIZONA STATE: Looking for first win at Stanford since 2007Coming off bye week, won their last game against Washington  which was their first win under interim head coach Shaun Aguano.  45 points against Washington was their most in a conference game since 2020.  QB Trenton Bourguet 3 pass TD off the bench against Washington in relief of injured Emory Jones but Jones will start this week against Stanford.

STANFORD: Won at Notre Dame last week, snapping a 5-game road losing streak and an 11-game losing streak against FBS opponents.  Held Notre Dame to 14 points, the fewest Stanford has allowed to an FBS opponent since Oct. 2019 against #15 Washington.  RB Casey Filkins 91 rush yards & 46 rec yards against Notre Dame, 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of last 5 games.  QB Tanner McKee 288 pass yards, 0 TD vs. Notre Dame, first career win in a game without throwing a TD.

 

COLORADO (1-5, 1-2) at OREGON STATE (5-2, 2-2)

Sat., Oct. 22 • 5:00 pm ET • PAC-12 NETWORK

COLORADO: Have won 4 of last 5 meetings with Oregon State including last 2 in CorvallisComing off first win of the season over Cal in their first game under interim head coach Mike Sanford.  Held Cal to 13 points after allowing at least 38 points in each of the previous 5 games this season.  Held Cal to 297 total yards and 35 rushing yards, the fewest rush yards Colorado has allowed in a conference game since a 2019 win over Washington.  WR Montana Lemonious-Craig set career-highs with 8 receptions and 119 rec yards while also grabbing the GW TD against Cal.

OREGON STATE: Looking for first home win over Colorado since 2013.  5-2 start for the second straight season.  Will become bowl eligible for the 2nd straight season with a win, have not been to a bowl in back-to-back seasons since 2012-13.  RB Damien Martinez 111 rush yards last week against Washington State, first OSU true freshman to rush for 100+ yards sine Jermar Jefferson in 2018.  Defense held WSU to 10 points last week, just the 2nd time in the last 10 seasons they’ve held a conference opponent to 10 points or less.  Held WSU to 23 rush yards, the fewest OSU has allowed in a conference game since 2012 against Washington State.

 

WASHINGTON (5-2, 2-2) at CALIFORNIA (3-3, 1-2)

Sat., Oct. 22 • 7:30 pm MT • ESPN

WASHINGTON: Scored 49 points in win over Arizona last week, their 4th game with 40+ points this season.  Scored 40+ points twice in the 2020-21 seasons combined.  Scored 295 points in 7 games this season, had 258 in 12 games last year.  Last week, QB Michael Penix Jr. set the UW record for single-game passing yards (516), completions (36) and total offense (529).  Penix has thrown for 300+ yards in all 7 games this season and leads FBS with 365.7 YPG and is 5th with 20 pass TD.  WR Rome Odunze 9 receptions for 169 yards and 2 TD last week, becoming first player in UW history with 4 straight games with 100+ rec yards.

CALIFORNIA: Have split the last 6 meetings with Washington including a win in the last meeting in Berkeley when they upset #15 Huskies 12-10 in 2018.  Have won 6 straight home games, their longest home win streak since winning 9 in a row from 2008-09.  Looking to start 4-0 at home for the first time since 2010.  QB Jack Plummer 52 pass attempts last week against Colorado, tied for most in the Justin Wilcox era (Ross Bowers 52 vs. Colorado in 2017).  RB Jaydn Ott 580 rush yards this season, 2nd most among FBS true freshmen.  LB Jackson Sirmon facing former team for first time since transferring from UW in January.

BYE WEEKS

ARIZONA: 526 total yards and 39 points in loss to Washington last week.  3rd time this season with 500+ total yards, had 3 games with 500+ yards previous 3 seasons combined.  5th time with 31+ points this season, had 6 games with 31+ points previous 3 seasons combined.  QB Jayden de Laura 400 pass yards last week, 2nd QB in Arizona history with 400+ pass yards 3 times in one season (Jason Johnson, 2002).

#12 USC: Have forced 16 turnovers while only committing 1 this season, +15 margin is best in FBS.  QB Caleb Williams season-high 5 pass TD at Utah, 19-1 TD/INT ratio is best in FBS (min. 10 pass TD).  WR Jordan Addison 7 receptions for 106 yards and a TD at Utah, 3rd game this season with 100+ rec yards.  TE Josh Falo  2 receptions for 2 TD at Utah, had not caught a pass since 2019.

#15 UTAH:  3-1 against AP Top 10 teams since the start of 2021 season, 1 of 4 FBS teams with 3 Top 10 wins (Georgia, Baylor, Ohio State).  TE Dalton Kincaid 16 receptions for 234 yards vs. USC, both the most ever in a game by a Pac-12 TE and 1 less than FBS record for receptions in a game by a TE.  Cameron Rising career-high 415 pass yards with 2 pass TD and 3 rush TD, first Utah QB with 2 pass TD and 3 rush TD in same game since Travis Wilson in 2013 vs. Oregon State.

WASHINGTON STATE: 52 TFL this season, most in Pac-12 and T-7th most in FBS.  QB Cameron Ward 345 pass yards last week, 300+ pass yards in 3 of last 4 games.  WR Robert Ferrel, Ward’s teammate at Incarnate Word, 5 receptions for 131 yards last week, his first 100-yard game with WSU.

PAC-12 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

MARIOTA MAGIC: Falcons QB Marcus Mariota (OREGON) completed 13-14 passes (92.9%) with 3 touchdowns (2 pass, 1 rush) in a win over San Francisco.  Mariota is the 3rd player in NFL history with at least 2 pass TD, 1 rush TD and completion percentage of 90 or higher (min. 10 attempts) in a single game.  The 2014 Heisman winner was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

MAC ATTACK: Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (STANFORD) had 7 receptions and 158 scrimmage yards (89 receiving, 69 rushing) in a loss to the Rams.  It was the 24th time in his career that McCaffrey had at least 50 yards rushing and 50 yards receiving in same game, passing Tiki Barber and LaDainian Tomlinson for 2nd most all-time.  The 2015 Heisman runner-up now has 390 career receptions, tied for the 3rd most by a RB in his first 6 NFL seasons.

NY SACK EXCHANGE: Giants DE Kayvon Thibodeaux (OREGON) had a sack and forced fumble on Lamar Jackson to seal a win over the Ravens.  It was the first sack and first forced fumble of the rookie’s career.

ERTZ SO GOOD:  Cardinals TE Zach Ertz (STANFORD) had 7 receptions for 70 yards in a loss to the Seahawks, his 5th straight game with at least 6 catches which is the longest streak of his career.  Ertz leads all NFC tight ends with 35 receptions this season.

PITT’S THE MAN:  Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. (USC) set career highs with 13 receptions and 134 receiving yards.  It’s the 5th time in 35 career games that Pittman has passed the century mark and it's the most receptions in a game by a Colt since Reggie Wayne in 2012.

HIGH CHIEF:  Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (USC) had a season-high 113 receiving yards on 5 receptions and a TD in a loss to Buffalo.  It was the 27th career TD for Smith-Schuster, his first a a Chief, and 13th career game with 100+ receiving yards.

DEVIL OF A DAY:  49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (ARIZONA STATE) had a season-high 8 receptions and 83 yards while scoring both of his team’s TD in a loss to the Falcons.  It was the first multi-TD game of Aiyuk’s career.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER:  A pair of Pac-12 alums picked off passes for the Falcons this weekend.  Safety Jaylinn Hawkins (CALIFORNIA) had his 1st INT of the season and 3rd of his career while also recovering a fumble in the end zone for his first career touchdown.  CB Isaiah Oliver (COLORADO), in his season-debut after being activated from injured reserve, had his 2nd career INT and first since December 2018.