Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Quick look at Week 11 games
By Ted Miller
Here's a quick look at Week 11 in the Pac-12.
All times are ET.
Arizona (2-7, 1-6) at Colorado (1-9, 0-6) 2:30 p.m. FCS: Is Colorado going to win a Pac-12 game? This might be its best chance, considering its final two games are on the road, where the Buffaloes never win. The Buffs lead the series 12-1, but the Wildcats won the last game 24-21 in 1986. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles needs 84 yards of total offense to break Willie Tuitama's school record of 8,727 set from 2005-08. Last week against USC, Buffs running back Rodney Stewart set a new school record for all-purpose yards (4,466), passing his offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy.
Washington (6-3, 4-2) at USC (7-2, 4-2) 3:45 p.m. FX: USC leads the series 49-28-4, but Washington has won the last two, including a 32-31 win last year. Huskies quarterback Keith Price needs four touchdown passes to eclipse the school record of 28 thrown by Cody Pickett in 2002. USC has blocked six kicks this year. Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley threw a school record six touchdown passes in the win over Colorado, and he leads the conference with 28 touchdown passes.
Oregon State (2-7, 2-4) at California (5-4, 2-4) 6:30 p.m. CSNBA: California leads the series 33-30-0, but Oregon State won last year 35-7. After posting their first losing season under coach Jeff Tedford, the Bears need one win to become bowl eligible. The Beavers are already assured a second consecutive losing season. Oregon State's redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown for 200 or more yards in eight consecutive games, most for the program since Derek Anderson went 13 in a row in 2003. Cal receiver Keenan Allen took nine games to reach 1,000 yards receiving, the fastest of any receiver in school history. Cal is ranked 19th in the nation in total defense.
UCLA (5-4, 4-2) at Utah (5-4, 2-4) 6:30 p.m. KJZZ: The winner becomes bowl eligible. UCLA leads the series 8-1 but Utah won the last meeting, 44-6 in 2007. The Utes have been to a bowl game the last eight seasons, and they are 7-1 in those games. Utes running back John White is the 11th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing. He had his fifth 100-yard rushing game against Arizona. The Utes are 5-0 when he rushes for 100 yards. The Bruins are ranked 11th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (186.4 yards per game).
No. 4 Stanford (9-0, 7-0) at No. 7 Oregon (8-1, 6-0) 8 p.m. ABC: It looked like the Pac-12 game of the year in the preseason and it turned out to be exactly that. Stanford leads the series 44-29-1, but Oregon won 52-31 last year. Oregon running back LaMichael James leads the nation in rushing with 151.57 yards per game. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck ranks fifth in passing efficiency. Both were Heisman Trophy finalists last year. The Ducks have won 18 consecutive conference games. Stanford has won 17 games in a row, the nation's longest winning streak. This is the Cardinal's first 9-0 start since 1951. Stanford leads the nation in red zone efficiency. It's perfect at 52 of 52. The Ducks lead the Pac-12 with 29 sacks, or 3.22 per game. Stanford has yielded the fewest sacks in the conference, just four, which is tied for fewest in the nation.
Arizona State (6-3, 4-2) at Washington State (3-6, 1-5) 10:30 p.m. Versus: Arizona State leads the series 23-12-2, and the Sun Devils won 42-0 last year. After a 3-1 start, the Cougars have lost five in a row. Sun Devils running back Cameron Marshall leads the Pac-12 with 13 touchdowns. Sun Devils defensive tackle Bo Moos is the son of Washington State AD Bill Moos. Cougars wideout Marquess Wilson needs 26 yards to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving this year, which will make him just the second wideout in school history to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (Jason Hill, 2004-05). Cougs kicker Andrew Furney is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award.