Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Lining up this week's action.
No. 7 USC (3-1, 1-1) at No. 24 California (3-1, 0-1)
USC beat Cal 17-3 last year... The Trojans lead the all-time series, 61-30-5... Cal has won nine consecutive home games. It last lost in Memorial Stadium to USC in 2007... USC leads the Pac-10 in total offense (424 yards per game), rushing and scoring defense (59.5 ypg and 10 ppg)... Bears QB Kevin Riley hasn't thrown an interception this season and has a streak of 115 passes without a pick dating back to last year... USC leads the Pac-10 with 18 sacks... Cal had three fumbles at Oregon, its first three turnovers of the season... USC ranks last in the Pac-10 in third-down conversion percentage (25 percent)... Bears RB Jahvid Best ranks ninth in the nation with 116.75 yards rushing per game... Trojans DE Nick Perry leads the conference in sacks with six, while linebacker Michael Morgan leads the conference in tackles for a loss with 8.5... Despite scoring just three points at Oregon, the Bears still rank No. 1 in the conference in scoring with 37.25 points per game.
UCLA (3-0, 0-0) at Stanford (3-1, 2-0)
UCLA beat Stanford 23-20 last year... The Bruins lead the all-time series 23-20... UCLA will play nine consecutive conference games without a bye... Stanford has won six of its past seven home games... The Bruins have eight interceptions, tied for first in the conference... Stanford running back Toby Gerhart is No. 3 in the nation with 129 yards rushing per game... UCLA kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 22 of his past 23 field goal attempts dating back to last year. His lone miss came from 51 yards... The Bruins have held each of their opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense. They rank 15th in the nation in total defense (251 ypg) and 12th in scoring (12.67 ppg)... Stanford is No. 1 in the conference in passing efficiency... UCLA is No. 1 in the conference in passing efficiency defense... Stanford is No. 1 in the conference in rushing... UCLA is No. 3 in the conference in run defense...Stanford has yielded only two sacks this year, fewest in the conference... UCLA ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in total offense (301.3 ypg) and eighth in scoring (25 ppg)... Stanford ranks last in the conference in turnover margin (negative-3).
Washington (2-2) at Notre Dame (3-1)
Notre Dame beat Washington 33-7 last year... The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series 7-0... Washington QB Jake Locker leads the Pac-10 and ranks 21st in the nation in total offense (269 yards per game)... Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen ranks fourth in the nation in passing efficiency. He's thrown 10 TD passes with just one interception... Washington ranks 106th in the nation in run defense... Notre Dame ranks 106th in the nation in pass defense... The Huskies have just four sacks this season... The Fighting Irish's last three games have been decided by a total of 10 points.... Washington ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring and rushing offense... Washington is converting 58 percent of its third downs, which ranks fifth in the nation.
Oregon State (2-2, 0-1) at Arizona State (2-1, 0-0)
Oregon State beat Arizona State 27-25 last year... The Sun Devils lead the all-time series 24-10-1... The Beavers have won four in a row on the road, the longest road winning streak in the conference, but they haven't won at ASU since 1969... Arizona State ranks third in the nation in total defense (211 yards per game) and 11th in scoring defense (12.33 ppg)... Running back Jacquizz Rodgers leads the Pac-10 in receptions per game (8.0) while his brother James leads the conference in receiving yards per game (88 ypg)... The Sun Devils have turned the ball over just once this season and lead the Pac-10 with a plus-10 turnover margin... The Beavers have only three turnovers this year -- no fumbles -- but they have only forced four turnovers, fewest in the conference... The Sun Devils will play nine consecutive conference games without a bye... Oregon State leads the conference in passing with 255.8 yards per game... ASU leads the Pac-10 in passing defense with 136.7 yards allowed per game.
Washington State (1-3, 0-2) at No. 16 Oregon (3-1, 1-0)
Oregon beat Washington State 63-14 last year... Oregon leads the all-time series 41-38-7... The Ducks have won seven in a row at home... Cougars punter Reid Forrest leads the Pac-10 with a 45.3 yards per punt average... Oregon TE Ed Dickson caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and three TDs in the win over California. The 11 catches tied a school tight end record... Washington State will start true freshman Jeff Tuel at quarterback. He's just the second true freshman quarterback to start for the Cougars. Drew Bledsoe was the first... Oregon's redshirt freshman tailback LaMichael James, who replaced the suspended LeGarrette Blount, has recorded back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts... The Cougars have forced 11 turnovers, which is tied for first in the conference. They forced 13 turnovers in 2008... The Ducks' defense has held its past two opponents, nationally ranked Utah and Cal, to less than 300 yards of total offense... Washington State ranks 10th in the conference in passing, total and scoring defense. It ranks ninth in run defense.
Arizona is off this week. It next plays at Washington on Oct. 10.