What's coming up in the Pac-12

November, 3, 2012
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Welcome to week 10. Here's what's ahead today.

No. 14 Stanford (6-2, 4-1) at Colorado (1-7, 1-4) 11 a.m. FX: The Cardinal tries not to overlook the Buffaloes, while the Buffs hope for a shocker. Stanford leads the series 4-3, but has won the past three, including a 48-7 win last year. The Buffaloes' defense ranks last in the Pac-12 in scoring, total defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. The Buffs also are last in the conference in scoring offense and turnover margin. Stanford is tied for first in the Pac-12 with 33 sacks. Colorado ranks 119th in the nation, yielding 4.13 sacks per game. 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.

Washington State (2-6, 0-5) at Utah (3-5, 1-4) noon Pac-12 Network: Are the Utes about to make a charge? Mike Leach's crew played Stanford tough last week, so this might be a test. 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 against WSU in Salt Lake City was in 1985, 44-37. The Cougars have thrown 15 interceptions this season, five more than any other Pac-12 team. The Utes, however, have just three interceptions, tied for the fewest in the conference.

No. 4 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) at No. 17 USC (6-2, 4-2) 4 p.m. FOX: In the preseason, this looked like a potential epic battle of top-five, unbeaten teams. It won't be that, but it's still big. USC leads the series 38-18-2 and won last season in Eugene, 38-35. The teams have split their past four games. The Trojans have been flagged 10.25 times per game for 84.63 yards per game, with both numbers ranking last in the nation. The Ducks are No. 1 in the nation in scoring offense (53.38 points per game) and No. 3 in rushing offense (330.63 yards per game). The Ducks are 13th in pass efficiency defense. USC quarterback Matt Barkley is 13th in the nation in passing efficiency. He leads the Pac-12 with 25 TD passes, five more than anyone else. 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 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.

No. 22 Arizona (5-3, 2-3) at UCLA (6-2, 3-2) 7:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network: This 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 conference losses and no clear front-runner.UCLA leads the series 19-15-2, but Arizona has won five in a row, including a 48-12 win last year. That game featured a dimwit running on the field dressed up like a referee and a massive brawl that ended up getting 10 players -- six from UCLA and four from Arizona -- suspended. Arizona quarterback Matt Scott leads the conference in passing yards and total yards per game. UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley is second. 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 to pass Gaston Green for the most in school history. 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.

Arizona State (5-3, 3-2) at No. 11 Oregon State (6-1, 4-1) 7:30 p.m. ESPN2: The Sun Devils lead the series 26-11-1, including a 35-20 win last year. But before that the Beavers had won four of five. The Sun Devils’ last win in Corvallis was in 2005 (a 42-24 victory). Cody Vaz will get his third start of the season at quarterback for the Beavers. He will replace former starter Sean Mannion, who returned from a knee injury last weekend at Washington but threw four interceptions. 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 past two games, both losses, it's yielded 44 points and 470 yards per game. Arizona State is the least penalized team in the Pac-12. It also leads the conference with 33 sacks. The Beavers lead the Pac-12 in scoring defense (17 points per game). Arizona State leads the conference in total defense (322 yards per game). Oregon State is No. 3 in the conference with 311.7 yards passing per game. The Sun Devils are No. 1 in the conference in pass defense, giving up just 148.4 yards per game.

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