Saturday, October 6, 2012
Quick look at today's Pac-12 games
By Ted Miller
I'm at Oregon for Washington's visit tonight. Here's a quick look at the other three Pac-12 games today.
Arizona (3-2, 0-2) at No. 18 Stanford (3-1, 1-1) 3 p.m. Fox: Both teams are coming off painful defeats, Stanford to Washington, Arizona to Oregon State. Arizona leads the series 14-13, but has lost four of five and seven of nine in the series. Stanford won 37-10 in Tucson last year. Both teams are coming off conference losses. Stanford is third in the nation in rushing defense (65 yards per game), while Arizona is third in the Pac-12 in rushing with 194.4 yards per game. Stanford has not lost back-to-back games since the 2009 season, when it lost to Oregon State and Arizona. Arizona's struggles on the road continued two weeks ago with a 49-0 loss at Oregon. The Wildcats have lost eight of their past nine road games, allowing an average of 42.0 PPG and 518.8 total YPG over that stretch.
Washington State (2-3, 0-2) at No. 14 Oregon State (3-0, 2-0) 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network: The Beavers are home in front of a sold out Reser Stadium crowd, hoping not to overlook the Cougars. Oregon State is 3-0 for the first time since 2002 and undefeated through September for the first time since 2000. If the Beavers win, they will eclipse their win total from last season. The last time Oregon State had a four-game win streak was 2009. Washington State leads the series 48-45-4 but Oregon State has won four of five, including a 44-21 win last year in Pullman. Cougars WR Marquess Wilson broke Brandon Gibson’s school record of 2,756 receiving yards during his 182-yard performance against Oregon. Wilson now has 2,893 career receiving yards. The Beavers haven't started 4-0 since 2002.
No. 25 UCLA (4-1, 1-1) at California (1-4, 0-2) 10 p.m. Pac-12 Network: The pressure is building on Cal coach Jeff Tedford in Berkeley. He could use a win. The Bruins are trying to keep a strong start to the Jim Mora Era going. UCLA leads the series with California 50-31-1, including a 31-14 win last year in L.A., which ended a three-game Bruins losing streak. Cal has won its past six home games against UCLA, with the Bruins last winning in Berkeley in 1998. The Bears have won each of the past four of those games by double digits. The Bruins are second in the Pac-12 in rushing offense (243.4 yards per game) and California is last in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (174.8 ypg).