This Week in Pac-12 Football - Week 11
TOP OF THE WORLD: 5 Pac-12 schools made the 2nd CFP rankings of the season, the 2nd most of any conference. The conference also has back-to-back rankings with 4 teams in the Top 15 for the first time since 2014.
OREGON remains the top Pac-12 team, moving up 2 spots to #6 as the 2nd highest ranked 1-loss team behind #5 Tennessee. USC moved one spot to #8, the Trojans’ highest ranking since they were 8th in the final 2017 poll. Despite scoring 50 points in their win over Arizona State, UCLA remained at #12 with UTAH one spot behind them at #13. WASHINGTON makes their return to the poll for the first time since 2020 after beating then #23 OREGON STATE on Friday.
BOWL BLITZ: The Pac-12 was the first conference to have 6 bowl eligible teams. Washington State can become the 7th bowl eligible team with 1 more win this season. Arizona, Arizona State, California and Stanford must win all 3 of their remaining games to become bowl eligible.
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.
6 teams are still in contention for the FCG with Oregon able to punch their ticket if they win both of their next 2 games.
COMING UP ROSES: The Tournament of Roses announced the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2022 this week with former USC QB Vince Evans one of the 4 inductees. Evans was the MVP of the 1977 Rose Bowl Game, leading the Trojans to a 14-6 win over Michigan. Joining Evans will be former Oregon head coach Hugh Bezdek, who led the Oregon Webfoots to a 14-0 victory over Pennsylvania in 1917, the first West Coast team to win the Rose Bowl. Bezdek is the only coach to bring 3 different schools to the Granddaddy of Them All. Former Michigan State RB Lorenzo White and former Rose Bowl Stadium CEO Darryl Dunn round out the class.
MAKING HISTORY: Oregon’s offense making some unique history last week. QB Bo Nix became the 12th Pac-12 player since 1996 to have at least one pass TD, rushing TD and receiving TD in the same game, the first since OSU’s Tristan Gebbia in 2020. Nix also became just the 2nd FBS player since 1996 to have 2+ pass TD, 2+ rush TD and a receiving TD in the same game (Bowling Green’s Josh Harris in 2001). Add in a touchdown reception by OL Josh Conerly Jr. and a rushing TD by LB Noah Sewell and Oregon became the first FBS team since at least 1996 to have receiving TD by an OL, a receiving TD by a QB and a rushing TD by a defensive player in the same season - not just the same game.
WEEK 11 SCHEDULE:
Saturday, November 19th
- 12:00 p.m. MT - Washington State at Arizona
- 12:15 p.m. MT - Oregon State at Arizona State
- 2:30 p.m. PT - Stanford at California (125th Big Game)
- 6:00 p.m. PT - Colorado at Washington
2 game selections have been held until the games this weekend have been played: USC at UCLA and Utah at Oregon
AROUND THE PAC-12
COLORADO (1-8, 1-5) at #8 USC (8-1, 6-1)
Fri., Nov. 11 • 6:00 pm PT • FS1
COLORADO: Looking for their 1st ever win over USC (0-15) with 3 of the last 6 meetings decided by 4 points or less. Facing a Top 10 team in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 2001. Have not beaten a Top 10 team since 2007 (#3 Oklahoma). Looking for 1st road win since December 2020 at Arizona. WR Jordyn Tyson suffered season-ending injury last week after having back-to-back games with 100+ rec yards.
USC: 8-1 start for the first time since 2008 with Lincoln Riley the first head coach to start his USC career 8-1 since John Robinson in 1976. 5-0 at home for first time since 2017 (7-0). QB Caleb Williams 4 pass TD & 1 rush TD last week vs. Cal, his 3rd straight game with 5 TD. Williams with 28 pass TD & 1 INT this season. RB Travis Dye is first USC RB with 8 straight games in a season with rush TD since Marcus Allen in 1981. DL Tuli Tuipulotu 2.0 sacks against Cal, leads FBS with 9.0 this season.
ARIZONA STATE (3-6, 2-4) at WASHINGTON STATE (5-4, 2-4)
Sat., Nov. 12 • 12:30 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK
ARIZONA STATE: Have won 4 of the last 6 meetings in Pullman. Back-to-back games with 450+ total yards for 2nd time since 2019. QB Trenton Bourguet 349 pass yards vs. UCLA, 2nd straight game with 300+ pass yards in his first 2 career starts. RB X Valladay 2 rush TD vs. UCLA for his 5th multi-TD game of the season, leads Pac-12 RB with 12 rush TD. Have forced a turnover in 18 straight games, the 2nd longest active streak in FBS.
WASHINGTON STATE: Have won 3 of last 4 meetings with ASU overall including a 34-21 victory in Tempe last season. 3-2 at home this season with both losses coming to Top 15 teams by a combined 7 points. Season-high 52 points and 514 total yards in win at Stanford last week. Most points WSU has scored in a game since 2019. 306 rushing yards at Stanford, most in a game since 2006 (344 vs. Idaho). RB Nakia Watson 166 rush yards and a TD on just 16 carries in his first game in nearly a month.
#25 WASHINGTON (7-2, 4-2) at #6 OREGON (8-1, 6-0)
Sat., Nov. 12 • 4:00 pm PT • FOX
WASHINGTON: Looking for first win over Oregon since 2017 and their first win in Eugene since a 70-21 victory in 2016. 2-0 against AP Top 25 teams this season with both wins in Seattle. Looking for first win over an AP Top 10 team since 2018 at #7 Washington State. Had 92-yard drive to set up GW FG with 8 seconds left to beat Oregon State last week. QB Michael Penix Jr. 298 pass yards last week, first game under 300 this season. WR Rome Odunze 102 receiving yards last week, 5th game with 100+ rec yards which is most in Pac-12 this season.
OREGON: 15-2 against Washington since 2004 and 8-1 in Eugene. 48.1 PPG during current 8-game win streak, winning 7 of the 8 games by at least 15 points. Have scored 40+ points in 8 straight games for the first time since 2014 and the only FBS team to score 40 points 8 times this season. FBS best +8.9 scoring differential in Middle 8 this season (last 4 minutes of 1st half and first 4 minutes of 2nd half). 23 straight home wins, ties school record and is the 3rd longest active streak in FBS. 17 straight home conference wins, longest streak in school history. 27-11 at home against ranked opponents since 1998. QB Bo Nix 36 TD this season (22 pass, 13 rush, 1 rec), most in FBS. RB Bucky Irving 100+ rush yards in 2 of the last 3 games. CB Christian Gonzalez 2 INT against his former school Colorado last week, first multi-INT game of his career.
CALIFORNIA (3-6, 1-5) at OREGON STATE (6-3, 3-3)
Sat., Nov. 12 • 6:00 pm PT • PAC-12 NETWORK
CALIFORNIA: Have won 5 of the last 8 meetings with Oregon State including a 39-25 victory in Berkeley last season when Cal both ran and passed for 250+ yards. Have lost 11 of their last 12 road games overall. 406 pass yards last week at USC, Jack Plummer first Cal QB with 400+ yards in a game since Davis Webb did it 4 times in 2016. RB Jaydn Ott 2 rush TD at USC, 2nd multi-rush TD game of season, and is 3rd among FBS true freshmen with 725 rush yards.
OREGON STATE: Have won 5 of the last 7 meetings in Corvallis. 0-3 against teams currently in CFP rankings, 6-0 in all other games. 2 of their 3 losses are by 3 points each. 9-1 at home since the start of last season with the only loss coming on a TD in the last 90 seconds against USC this season. RB Damien Martinez, who made his first career start last week, has 3 straight games with 100+ rush yards and is 5th among FBS true freshmen with 624 rush yards. Have held 8 of 9 opponents this season to under 400 total yards.
STANFORD (3-6, 1-6) at #13 UTAH (7-2, 5-1)
Sat., Nov. 12 • 8:00 pm MT • ESPN
STANFORD: Looking for first win over Utah since 2017, just 3rd game in Salt Lake City in Pac-12 era. 3rd road game this season against a team currently ranked in the CFP (Notre Dame, UCLA). 6th game this season against a team currently ranked in the CFP. Have played 16 true freshmen this season with 6 of them already having played in more than 4 games. Mitch Leigber started at RB last week, the 4th different starting RB for the Cardinal this season.
UTAH: Have won 5 of their last 6 meetings with Stanford including a 52-7 victory on the Farm last season. 4-2 this season against teams with a winning overall record. Have won 13 straight at home and 24 of the last 25. Scored 45 points in win over Arizona last week, their 4th time this season topping 40 points. 5 of their 7 wins this season have been by 21 or more points. Season-high 306 rushing yards vs. Arizona. Former QB turned RB Ja’Quinden Jackson career-high 97 rush yards and a TD on 13 carries. True freshman QB Nate Johnson saw his first action of the season with 2 rush TD on his 3 rush attempts. DE Van Fillinger, who leads the team with 5.0 sacks, will miss the rest of the season due to injury.
ARIZONA (3-6, 1-5) at #12 UCLA (8-1, 5-1)
Sat., Nov. 12 • 7:30 pm PT • FOX
ARIZONA: Looking for first win over UCLA since 2019 and first win at the Rose Bowl since 2010. 5th straight game against a team currently ranked in the CFP Top 25. Looking for first win over AP Top 10 team since 2015 (#10 Utah). 3-2 against teams not currently ranked in Top 25. Jayden de Laura needs 187 pass yards to become first Arizona QB with 3,000 pass yards in a season since Anu Solomon in 2014. WR Jacob Cowing & Tetairoa McMillan first pair of Arizona receivers with 7+ rec TD since 1997 (Dennis Northcutt, Rodney Williams).
UCLA: Have won last 5 home meetings with Arizona and 11 of the last 14. 5-1 this season against teams with a winning record, tied for 3rd most wins in FBS. Have won their last 8 home games overall, their longest streak since winning 10 in a row from 2005-06. Scored 50 points and had 571 total yards last week at Arizona State, just the 4th time in the Pac-12 era scoring 50+ points with 500+ total yards in a conference road game. 402 rush yards at Arizona State, 400+ rush yards for just the 3rd time since 1996 and 1st since 2010. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson career-high 120 rush yards on 10 carries, 5th time in his career with 2+pass TD and 2+ rush TD in same game. With leading rusher Zach Charbonnet unavailable, RB Kazmeir Allen career-high 137 rush yards on 11 carries at ASU.
PAC-12 ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
DUELING DUCKS: In a battle of former OREGON quarterbacks, Justin Herbert led the Chargers to a 20-17 win over Marcus Mariota and the Falcons. Herbert threw for 245 yards and a TD, while Mariota had 129 passing yards and had his streak of 4 straight games with a passing TD snapped.
NO STOPPING NWOSU: Seahawks LB Uchenna Nwosu (USC) had 2.0 sacks in a win over the Cardinals. It’s the 2nd straight game where Nwosu has had 2.0 sacks, the first time in his career he’s had multiple sacks in back-to-back games. With a career-high 7 sacks this season, the former Trojan is tied for 7th in the NFL.
DAWG GONE IT: Buccaneers DT Vita Vea (WASHINGTON) matched his career-high with 2.0 sacks in a win over the Rams. Vea has 3 straight games with at least 1.0 sacks, the first time he’s done that in his career, and already has a career-high 6.5 sacks this season.
NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST: Buccaneers rookie TE Cade Otton (WASHINGTON) caught his first career touchdown, a 1-yard game-winning score with 9 seconds left, in the 16-13 win. Otton grabbed 5 receptions for a career-high 68 yards.
BAKER’s MAN Cardinals Safety Budda Baker (WASHINGTON) had 11 tackles in a loss to the Seahawks, his second straight game with 10+ tackles. Baker had not had consecutive games with 10+ tackles since 2019. With 71 tackles this season, Baker has the 15th most in the NFL but 2nd most by a DB.
ZACH ATTACK: Cardinals TE Zach Ertz (STANFORD) hauled in 5 receptions for 40 yards and a score in the loss to Seattle. Ertz has back-to-back games with a TD and his 4 scores this season are T-3rd among TE.
CHIEF TARGET: Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (USC) had a season-high 10 catches for 88 yards in an OT win over the Titans. It’s the 4th time in his career with 10+ receptions in a game and the first time since 2018.
BACK IN BLACK: Raiders LB Blake Martinez (STANFORD) had 11 tackles in a loss to the Jaguars, his first game with 10+ tackles since Sept. 2021. This was just Martinez’s 4th game with the Raiders after being cut by the Giants in September. Martinez missed most of last season with a torn ACL.