Pac-10 week 3: Did you know?

September, 17, 2010
9/17/10
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Some quick notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
  • The Pac-10 enters "Measuring Stick Saturday" with a 4-2 record against AQ conferences.
  • Since 1990, Pac-10 teams are 25-6-1 at home against Big Ten teams. Both teams were ranked in seven of those 32 games, and the Pac-10 team won all seven.
  • Arizona and Iowa have split 12 prior meetings. Iowa won last year’s meeting 27-17 in Iowa City. Prior to that, the teams hadn’t played since 1998 in Tucson.
  • Since 2004, the Pac-10 is 15-8 against the Big Ten (including bowls). Three of those Pac-10 losses, however, have been by Arizona. The Wildcats have lost seven straight against Big Ten teams, last winning in 1998 against Iowa.
  • Arizona is one of three FBS teams that hasn’t allowed a touchdown this season (Alabama and Baylor are the others).
  • Wisconsin has won eight of their last nine against Pac-10 teams, with the only loss coming in 2001 vs Oregon. But Arizona State has won four straight against Big Ten teams, starting with its win vs Purdue in the 2004 Sun Bowl.
  • California has won 12 straight against Nevada but the teams have only met once since 1945. Cal has only played in Reno once, and it was all the way back in 1915 (Cal also played a rugby game there in 1911).
  • Oregon has scored 120 points in 120 minutes of action this season.
  • Oregon has returned five punts this season. Three of those have gone for touchdowns. Only one other team has more than one punt return TD (Oklahoma State with two). The Ducks have the nation’s top punt return average at 43.6 yards per return.
  • Oregon State has won eight straight home openers. Oregon State has won 26 of its last 27 home nonconference games (lost its last -- 28-18 vs Cincinnati in 2009).
  • Louisville is 3-1 all-time vs current members of the Pac-10 and won the only meeting with Oregon State (63-27 in 2005).
  • Stanford is 2-0 for the first time since 2004 and is looking for its 1st 3-0 start since 2001 under Ty Willingham. The Cardinal have started 3-0 just 4 times in the last 35 seasons.
  • Stanford has won 12 of its last 14 home games. This is the first time Wake Forest is playing a game in the state of California.
  • Wake Forest is 4-0 all-time against Pac-10 teams, with three of those wins coming in bowl games.
  • Houston and UCLA have split their four all-time meetings. Each team has one home win and one road win in the series. The last time Houston played UCLA at the Rose Bowl, they lost 66-10 in 1997.
  • UCLA is 0-2 for the first time since 1997. The Bruins haven’t started 0-3 since 1971 (0-4 that season).
  • Houston leads the nation in scoring, averaging 61 points per game. It has also scored more touchdowns (17) and is tied for the most red zone trips (15) in the nation. The Cougars also lead the nation in third-down conversion percentage (73.7 pct, 14-19).
  • USC and Minnesota are meeting for the first time in 30 years. USC has won 10 straight games against Big Ten teams, with four of those wins coming in the Rose Bowl. USC has won 18 straight nonconference games and a school-record 11 straight nonconference road games.
  • The Golden Gophers are coming off an embarrassing loss to South Dakota last week. South Dakota isn’t even officially recognized as an FCS team yet (they are transitioning from Division II).
  • Nebraska and Washington are tied 3-3-1 in seven all-time meetings. The two teams last met in 1998, a Nebraska 55-7 win.
  • Washington receiver Jermaine Kearse has 287 receiving yards through two games, but 159 of those yards have come after the catch.
  • The Nebraska game is the start of a brutal stretch for Washington. Six of the Huskies’ next seven games are against teams currently ranked in the AP Poll.
  • Washington State beat SMU 30-27 last year in overtime. The Cougars overcame a 24-7 deficit in the third quarter, with a pair of long interception returns keying the comeback. It is the only previous meeting between the two teams. It also was the Cougars last victory until they came back from 15 points down last weekend to beat Montana State 23-22.

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