Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Lining up this week's action.
No. 5 USC (6-1, 3-1) at No. 10 Oregon (6-1, 4-0)
USC beat Oregon 44-10 last year... The Trojans lead the series 37-16-2... Oregon ranks No. 16 in the nation in scoring offense (34 ppg).... USC ranks No. 16 in scoring defense (15.14 ppg)... USC is 13th in the nation in total offense (440.43 ypg).... Oregon is 19th in the nation in total defense (297 ypg)... The Ducks defense has allowed only three TDs in four conference games... The Trojans rank last in the conference in turnover margin (minus-3). The have forced only nine turnovers on the season... Oregon ranks third in turnover margin (plus-5). The Ducks have forced 19 turnovers, tied for the most in the conference... USC is tied for No. 1 in the nation with 29 sacks.... Oregon ranks 10th with 22... Trojans defensive end Everson Griffen leads the Pac-10 with eight sacks. Oregon end Kenny Rowe is tied with USC's Nick Perry for third with seven... USC hasn't won in the state of Oregon since 2005... Ducks redshirt freshman running back LaMichael James is one of four conference runners averaging over 100 yards rushing per game (105)... USC freshman quarterback Matt Barkley leads the Pac-10 in passing yards per game (256.7) and pass efficiency... Oregon has scored six non-offensive touchdowns this year.
No. 24 California (5-2, 2-2) at Arizona State (4-3, 2-2)
California beat Arizona State 24-14 last year... The series is tied 14-14... Cal leads the conference in rushing offense (216 yards per game), yards per rush (5.7) and rushing TDs (20)... Arizona State ranks sixth in the nation in run defense (83.43 yards per game) but the Sun Devils surrendered 237 rushing yards against Stanford... Bears linebacker Mike Mohamed leads the conference with 8.9 tackles per game... Cal QB Kevin Riley has thrown just two interceptions, which is tied for fewest in the conference... The Sun Devils lead the conference with 13 interceptions. When they didn't pick off a pass against Stanford, it ended a streak of 14 games -- the longest in the nation -- with at least one pick... Cal ranks eighth in the conference in pass efficiency defense... ASU ranks eighth in the conference in pass efficiency... Cal has made just five field goals this season, fewest in the conference... The Sun Devils rank No. 1 in the conference in turnover margin (plus-8); Cal ranks second (plus-7)... The Sun Devils are the conferences most penalized team (86 yards per game). Cal is the second-least penalized team (45.6 ypg).
UCLA (3-4, 0-4) at Oregon State (4-3, 2-2)
Oregon State beat UCLA 34-6 last year... UCLA leads the series 39-14-4... Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield is completing 68.2 percent of his passes. The school record for completion percentage is 60.6, set by Matt Moore in 2006... UCLA kicker Kai Forbath missed his second field goal of the season against Arizona from 52 yards out. He's now 19 of 21 on the year. Both misses came from outside of 50 yards... Beavers running back Jacquizz Rodgers ranks second in both rushing yards per game (115.7) and receptions per game (6.0). He leads the conference with 15 TDs... UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price leads the conference with 11.5 tackles for a loss...Receiver James Rodgers leads the conference in all-purpose yards (182.1 ypg)... Bruins punter Jeff Locke ranks No. 1 in the conference with a 46.5-yard average... OSU lost its first fumble of the year at USC, but the Beavers five turnovers for the season is the fewest in the conference... Bruins safety Rahim Moore ranks No. 1 in the nation with seven interceptions... UCLA ranks ninth in the conference in rushing, passing, total offense and scoring.
Washington State (1-6) vs. No. 23 Notre Dame (5-2)
Notre Dame leads the series 1-0... The Fighting Irish beat the Cougars 29-26 in overtime in 2003... Notre Dame ranks 11th in the country in total offense (438 ypg)... Washington State ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in rushing, passing, total and scoring defense... Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, is second in the nation pass efficiency. He's thrown 16 TD passes with just two interceptions... Washington State ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in rushing, total and scoring offense... Notre Dame ranks 97th in the nation in total defense (409.43 ypg) ... The Cougars lead the Pac-10 with 11 fumble recoveries... WSU's freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against Cal last weekend... The Cougars have sacked opposing quarterbacks just seven times. Cougars QBs have been sacked 35 times, second-most in the nation.
Arizona (5-2, 3-1), Stanford (5-3, 4-2) and Washington (3-5, 2-3) are all off this week. Arizona plays Washington State, Stanford plays Oregon and Washington is at UCLA on Nov. 7.