This Week in Pac-12 Football - Week 10
TOP OF THE WORLD: The 1st College Football Playoff rankings of the season saw 5 Pac-12 teams in the Top 25, tied for the most among all conferences. For just the 2nd time ever, the Pac-12 had 2 teams in the Top 10 of the season’s first poll. OREGON checked in at #8, the 4th straight year they’ve been the highest ranked Pac-12 team in the season’s initial poll. Right behind them at #9 is USC, who had never been ranked in the Top 10 in the CFP’s first poll of the season.
#12 UCLA made their first appearance in the CFP rankings since 2014 while #14 UTAH gave the Pac-12 four teams in the Top 14 for the first time ever in the initial poll. OREGON STATE is ranked #23, their first ever appearance in the CFP rankings
BOWL BLITZ: 6 Pac-12 schools are now bowl eligible, giving them the most bowl eligible teams among any conference this season.
VIVA LAS VEGAS: The 2022 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76, is headed to Allegiant Stadium on December 2nd. Watch the Pac-12’s best take Vegas as the top 2 teams meet and compete for the championship. Get your tickets now at Pac-12.com/tickets.
SEMI TRUCKING: Multiple national annual awards named their semifinalists this week, with notably the Pac-12 having 5 of the 20 players on the Maxwell Award list. That matches the SEC for the most players on the list:
- Maxwell: RB Zach Charbonnet (UCLA), QB Bo Nix (Ore), QB Cameron Rising (Utah), QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA), QB Caleb Williams (USC)
- Bednarik: DL Tuli Tuipulotu (USC), CB Clark Phillips III (Utah)
- Lombardi: DL Tuli Tuipulotu (USC)
- Butkus: LB Daiyan Henley (Wash St), LB Noah Sewell (Ore)
- Wuerffel: OL Matthew Cindric (Cal), Safety Patrick Fields (Stan)
QB CLASS: The Pac-12 also had 6 of the 40 entries on the Davey O’Brien Award Class of 2022, second most behind the SEC:
- Jayden de Laura (Ariz)
- Bo Nix (Ore)
- Caleb Williams (USC)
- Michael Penix, Jr. (UW)
- Cameron Rising (Utah)
- Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA)
WALK THIS WAY: The Pac-12 also placed 9 players on the list for the Burlsworth Trophy which is given to the nation’s top former walk-on:
- WR Dorian Singer (Ariz)
- FB Case Hatch (ASU)
- K Dario Longhetto (Cal)
- OL Ryan Walk (Ore)
- DB Jaydon Grant (OSU)
- WR Brycen Tremayne (Stan)
- PK Denis Lynch (USC)
- QB Bryson Barnes (Utah)
- DB Armani Marsh (Wash St)
ZACH ATTACK: Charbonnet also chalked up one of the national weekly awards as he was named the Doak Walker RB of the Week after racking up a career-high 198 rush yards and 3 TD against Stanford.
CAM’s COURAGE: Oregon TE Cam McCormick was nominated for the Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award for overcoming multiple season-ending injuries over the last 4 seasons.
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE:
Friday, November 11th (previously announced)
- 6:30 p.m. PT - Colorado at USC (FS1)
Saturday, November 12th
- 12:30 p.m. PT - Arizona State at Washington State (Pac-12 Network)
4 game selections have been held until the games this weekend have been played: Arizona at UCLA, Cal at Oregon State, Stanford at Utah, Washington at Oregon
AROUND THE PAC-12
#23 OREGON STATE (6-2, 3-2) at WASHINGTON (6-2, 3-2)
Fri., Nov. 4 • 7:00 pm PT • FS1
OREGON STATE: In the CFP rankings for the first time ever and in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2013. Beat Washington in Corvallis last year to snap 9-game losing streak to Huskies. Have not beaten UW in Seattle since 2008. Looking to win consecutive road games for first time since 2019. 3-0 with Ben Gulbranson as starting QB. RB Damien Martinez first OSU freshman with back-to-back games with 100+ rush yards since Jermar Jefferson in 2018. Defense 3 straight games holding opponents under 100-yards rushing, first time since 2009.
WASHINGTON: Have won last 6 home meetings with Oregon State. Looking to beat 2 AP Top 25 teams in same season for first time since 2018. 5-0 at home this season, outscoring their opponents 225-115. QB Michael Penix Jr. 300+ pass yards in all 8 games this season, reached 300 yards in 5 of his 20 games with Indiana. Penix leads FBS with 366.8 pass YPG. Defense 9 sacks over last 2 games, 4+ sacks in back-to-back games for first time since 2016. Huskies have had a different starting lineup on defense in every game this season.
WASHINGTON STATE (4-4, 1-4) at STANFORD (3-5, 1-5)
Sat., Nov. 5 • 12:30 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK
WASHINGTON STATE: Have won last 5 meetings with Stanford, their longest win streak over the Cardinal since taking 8 straight from 1958-64. Must win 2 of their final 4 games to be bowl eligible for the 7th straight season (not including 2020), had never appeared in a bowl more than 2 straight seasons previously. 13.7 PPG in 3 road games this season, 29.6 PPG in 5 home games. Daiyan Henley 11.0 TFL this season, T-4th among FBS LB, and has at least 11 tackles in 3 straight games.
STANFORD: Looking for first win over Washington State since 2015. All 5 of Stanford’s losses this season are to teams that are either currently ranked or ranked at the time of the game. Will be without RB Caleb Robinson, who started last week with both E.J. Smith and Casey Filkins out. Have committed just 32 penalties this season, tied for 4th fewest in FBS. K Joshua Karty is 14-14 on field goals this season, tied for 2nd most FG without a miss in FBS this season.
#8 OREGON (7-1, 5-0) at COLORADO (1-7, 1-4)
Sat., Nov. 5 • 1:30 pm MT • ESPN
OREGON: 7-1 against Colorado in the Pac-12 era, scoring at least 38 points in all 8 games. Have won the last 2 meetings by a combined 65 points. Looking to go 6-0 in Pac-12 play for first time since 2019. Have won 7 straight games since opening week loss, scoring at least 41 points in each game. QB Bo Nix with 3 pass TD & 3 rush TD at Cal, becoming just the 6th Pac-12 QB since 1996 to do that in same game. 5 straight games with 500+ total yards, their longest streak since doing it 8 straight in 2014. Have allowed FBS low 1 sack this season, 1 of 2 schools that have allowed less than 5. During 7-game win streak, 12 of 20 TD allowed by defense came when Oregon leading by 22 or more points.
COLORADO: Looking to beat Oregon in Boulder for the first time since 1985. Season-high 359 total yards and 34 points last week against Arizona State while converting a season-best 9-18 on 3rd down. Looking to beat an AP Top 10 team for the first time since 2007 (#3 Oklahoma), last year lost to #5 Texas A&M 10-7 in Denver. WR Jordyn Tyson career-high 5 receptions and 115 rec yards against Arizona State, having a 58-yard touchdown reception and an 88-yard punt return for a score.
ARIZONA (3-5, 1-4) at #14 UTAH (6-2, 4-1)
Sat., Nov. 5 • 5:30 pm MT • PAC-12 NETWORK
ARIZONA: Looking for first win at Utah since 2014 and first win over the Utes since 2015. Have not beaten a ranked opponent since 2018 against Oregon and looking for first road win over a AP Top 25 team since 2014 at Utah. 543 total yards last week against USC and have topped 500 yards in 4 of the last 5 games. QB Jayden de Laura 331.8 pass YPG, 4th best in FBS with 14 pass TD in last 4 games. Join Ohio State as only 2 FBS schools with 2 players in Top 15 of receiving yards per game: WR Jacob Cowing (102.1 ypg, 8th) and WR Dorian Singer (93.3 ypg, 15th).
UTAH: Have won their last 5 meetings with Arizona. Kyle Whittingham earned his 150th win at Utah last week. 12 straight home wins, tied for 10th longest active streak in FBS and have won 23 of their last 24 home games. Walk-on QB Bryson Barnes filled in for the injured Cameron Rising last week, throwing for 175 yards and a TD while adding 51 more yards on the ground. Beat WSU despite only 344 yards of total offense, their first conference win with less than 350 total yards since 2019. Defense held Cougars to 264 yards, their 4th opponent this season with less than 270 yards of total offense.
CALIFORNIA (3-5, 1-4) at #9 USC (7-1, 5-1)
Sat., Nov. 5 • 7:30 pm MT • ESPN
CALIFORNIA: Have won 2 of last 3 meetings with USC after having lost the previous 14 in the series. Looking for first win against an AP Top 10 team since 2017 and just their 3rd since 1980. Have not beaten a Top 10 team on the road since 1951 (#3 Stanford). QB Kai Millner played the entire 4th quarter last week, going 8-11 for 114 yards and 2 scores. WR J. Michael Sturdivant has a receiving TD in 5 of the last 6 games.
USC: Have won 8 of their last 9 home games with Cal. Season-high 621 total yards last week at Arizona, 5th time this season with 500+ total yards. First time since 2005 that Trojans had 400+ pass yards and 200+ rush yards in a conference game. QB Caleb Williams back-to-back games with 5 pass TD, has 24 pass TD and 1 INT this season. Without leading receivers Jordan Addison and Mario Williams, Tahj Washington had season-high 7 receptions for 118 yards and 2 TD while Kyle Ford had career-high 6 receptions for 114 yards while also seeing the end zone. +16 turnover margin this season, the only FBS team with just 1 turnover this season.
#12 UCLA (7-1, 4-1) at ARIZONA STATE (3-5, 2-3)
Sat., Nov. 5 • 7:30 pm MT • FS1
UCLA: Won the last meeting in Tempe in 2020 and are 9-7 at Arizona State since 1980. Have won 6 of their last 8 road conference games. RB Zach Charbonnet career-high 198 rush yards and 3 rush TD last week, adding 5 receptions for 61 yards. 5 straight games with 100+ rush yards for Charbonnet with over 150 yards in each of the last 3 games. WIth next start, QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson will tie Cade McNown for most ever by a Bruin QB (44). DTR needs 452 pass yards to tie Brett Hundley for the 2nd most career yards in UCLA history (9,966).
ARIZONA STATE: Have won 3 of their last 5 meetings with UCLA overall. Won 2 of their last 3 games, and have scored 40+ points in all 3 of their wins this season. 5th game this season against an AP Top 25 team already this season, going 1-3 with a win over then #21 Washington. Have won their last 3 home games against Top 10 opponents: 2019 vs. #6 Oregon, 2017 vs. #5 Washington, 2014 vs. #8 Notre Dame. QB Trenton Bourguet 435 pass yards and 3 TD last week, the most by a Sun Devil QB in his first career start since Mike Bercovici had 488 against UCLA in 2014. TE Jalin Conyers 6 receptions for 107 yards and 3 TD last week, the most receiving TD in a game by an ASU tight end in school history.
PAC-12 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
TRIPLE THREAT: 49ers RB Christian McCaffrey (STANFORD) became just the 4th NFL player since 1970 to throw a touchdown, catch a touchdown and run for a touchdown in the same game. In their win over the Rams, McCaffrey had 8 receptions and 149 scrimmage yards (94 rush, 55 rec) as he became the first former Stanford RB to be named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. The former Cardinal now has 400 career receptions, becoming just the 3rd RB in NFL history to reach that milestone in their first 6 NFL seasons.
DISS TRACK: Seahawks TE Will Dissly (WASHINGTON) forced a fumble and later recovered a fumble, both on punt coverage, in a win over the Giants. Dissly became the 3rd former Husky to ever be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
FOLK HERO: Patriots K Nick Folk (ARIZONA) kicked 5 field goals in a win over the Jets. Folk is the first kicker this season to make at least 4 field goals of at least 40 yards in a game this season. Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, it's the 8th time in his career winning the weekly award (7 AFC, 1 NFC).
THREE’s COMPANY: Falcons QB Marcus Mariota (OREGON) had season highs with 253 pass yards and 3 pass TD in a win over the Panthers. It was Mariota’s first 3+ TD game since 2019 and has the Falcons in 1st place in the NFC South. The 2014 Heisman winner has 3 straight games with a passer rating over 100.
GOING TO JARED: Lions QB Jared Goff (CALIFORNIA) threw for 321 yards and a score in a loss to the Dolphins. It’s the 28th time in Goff’s career he’s reached 300 yards in a game
U CAN DO IT: Seahawks LB Uchenna Nwosu (USC) registered 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble in a win over the Giants. It was his 2nd career game with multiple sacks and he’s now matched his career-high with 5.0 sacks this season, set last year with the Chargers.
SHAQ FU: Panthers LB Shaq Thompson (WASHINGTON) matched his career high with 13 tackles while adding a TFL in their loss to the Panthers. It was the 4th time in his career that Thompson racked up 13 tackles and 19th time with 10 or more in a game.