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Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
The Arizona-UCLA game has major implications in the Pac-12 South. A UCLA win could set up a huge game with USC at the Rose Bowl on Nov. 17 which would likely decide who goes to the conference championship game. With Arizona State headed to Oregon State and USC playing an undefeated Ducks squad, an Arizona win could easily set up the division with four teams with three conferences losses and no clear frontrunner.
Arizona has dominated UCLA in recent years. The Wildcats have won five straight over the Bruins, including a 48-12 romp in Tucson on an ESPN Thursday night game in October 2011 where they led 42-7 at halftime. That game, of course, featured a massive brawl that ended up getting 10 players -- six from UCLA and four from Arizona -- suspended.
UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin is one of 10 players with more than 1,000 rush yards this season. With 3,711 career rush yards, he needs just 21 yards to pass Gaston Green for the most in school history.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott is second in the nation in total offense this season at 386.1 yards per game. He is the only player in the country to have produced 425 or more yards of total offense in four games this season.
Though they lead the all-time series against Oregon State, 25-12-1, Arizona State is just 6-8-1 against the Beavers in Corvallis, including losses in its last three trips to Reser Stadium. The Sun Devils’ last win in Corvallis was in 2005 (a 42-24 victory).
In its first six games, when Arizona State went 5-1, its defense yielded 14.2 points per game and 272 yards per game. In its last two games, both losses, it's yielded 44 points and 470 yards per game.
Oregon State comes into this game off of its first loss of the season, a 20-17 defeat at Washington. Still, a win in this game would give the Beavers their first 7-1 start since 2000, when they went 11-1 under Dennis Erickson, including a win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
Oregon State is tied with Stanford for the fewest turnovers lost in the Pac-12 with 10. However, four of those turnovers came in last week’s loss to Washington (all on Sean Mannion interceptions).
California is off to its worst nine-game start since 2001 when it finished 1-10. This year, California averages 25.8 points per game, tied for the fewest in the Jeff Tedford era (since 2002) and allows 28.3 points per game, most under Tedford.
After losing 19 straight games against Washington from 1977-2001, California won its first five games vs the Huskies under Jeff Tedford. However, Washington has won four of the last five games between the two schools.
Washington has lost six straight road games, allowing 48.0 points per game in those games. However, none of those opponents had a losing record entering the game. Washington is coming off its second win over a top-10 opponent this year (Oregon State) but both those wins came at home.
California has also allowed an FBS-worst 37 sacks this year. However, Washington’s defense only has 11 sacks this season, worst in the Pac-12.
California will be without star receiver Keenan Allen (knee). He became the school’s all-time leader in receptions (205) last week against Utah. Allen had 10 receptions for a career-high 197 yards last year against Washington, including a 90-yard touchdown catch.
A fast start might be significant in the USC-Oregon game. In eight games, Oregon has had an average halftime lead of more than 29 points per game. That is by far the largest halftime margin among FBS teams. USC has enjoyed large halftime leads as well. The Trojans have led by an average of more than 15 points per game after 30 minutes of play, which ranks fifth nationally.
Oregon leads the nation in scoring, averaging more than 53 points per game. The Ducks have scored at least 42 points in all eight games this season and have won all of those games by at least 17 points.
Oregon is the sixth team in major college history to reach 42 points in its first eight games of a season. Only one of those other teams stretched the streak to nine games. That team was none other than Oregon in 2010. The streak was stopped in the Ducks' 10th game against California. Dating back to last season, Oregon's 42-point streak is now 11 games, which is the longest all-time.
Oregon has won 12 straight road games, the longest active road winning streak in the nation. The last time the Ducks lost a road game was in 2009 against Stanford.
USC won last season’s meeting at Oregon 38-35 against the fourth-ranked Ducks. USC is the last team to beat the Ducks. Matt Barkley threw for 323 yards with four touchdown passes in the upset.
Barkley was great on play-action in that game, especially when throwing to Marqise Lee. Barkley went 4-4 for 113 yards and a touchdown to Lee off of play action.
The Ducks will look to avoid the “Colorado Curse” this week. Every FBS team that has beaten Colorado this season has lost its next game.
USC receivers have twice as many drops (6) as touchdowns (3) on passes thrown 25 yards or longer this season. Last season, Barkley led players from AQ schools with 13 touchdowns on such throws, including a touchdown pass to Lee against Oregon.
Stanford has won the last three meetings with Colorado, including last season’s 48-7 thrashing. This is the first time the teams are meeting in Boulder since 1990. Stanford is 1-3 all-time in Boulder and hasn’t won there since 1904.
This is Stanford’s fourth road game of the season. The Cardinal won their last road game at Cal after suffering losses at Washington and Notre Dame. The Cardinal have averaged fewer than 16 points a contest on the road this season. They average 33.8 points per game at home.
The Buffaloes are also one of six teams in AQ conferences with at least 20 turnovers this season.
Utah leads the series with Washington State 6-5. The visitor has typically held the upper hand in this series: WSU is 3-2 in Salt Lake City and Utah leads 4-1 in Pullman, including last year’s overtime win in the Palouse.
The Cougars' last visit to Rice-Eccles Stadium was in 2000, a 38-21 victory. Utah’s last win over WSU in Salt Lake City was in 1985, 44-37.
The Cougars have thrown 15 interceptions this year, five more than any other Pac-12 team. The Utes, however, have just three interceptions, tied for the fewest in the conference.
Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information. The Arizona-UCLA game has major implications in the Pac-12 South.