- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for many of these numbers.
In all of college football this weekend, No. 23 Arizona State's visit to No. 5 Stanford is the only matchup of ranked teams.
Winning against ranked teams is nothing new for Stanford. Stanford has won four straight and five of its last six meetings with AP-ranked opponents (first ranked opponent in 2013).
Due to Pac-12 expansion, this is the first meeting between the schools since 2010. The Cardinal have won the last two meetings and look to win three straight against the Sun Devils for the just the second time in series history (also 1999-2001). This has not been a closely contested series of late. Since 1999, 10 of the 12 meetings have been decided by double figures, including seven by 20 points or more.
Stanford has forced its opponent to turn the ball over at least once every game since Oct. 1, 2011 (against UCLA). The 26-game streak is the longest active streak in the Pac-12 and the second-longest in the FBS (Missouri is tops at 32 games). It’s the longest such streak for Stanford since a 26-game run spanning the 2004-06 seasons.
We’ll likely see a clean game on Saturday. Stanford ranks first (1.5) and Arizona State is tied for third (2.0) in the FBS in penalties per game this season. Their seven combined penalties in 2013 are fewer than 111 other FBS schools entering this week.
Since the start of last season, Arizona State has sent a blitz on the second-highest percentage of its opponents dropbacks and has recorded an AQ-high 29 sacks when sending extra pass rushers.
Kevin Hogan and Taylor Kelly are the only Pac-12 quarterbacks who have attempted at least 20 percent of their passes outside the pocket in the last two seasons. Kelly leads all AQ quarterbacks with 115 passes attempted from outside of the pocket.
San Diego State leads its series with Oregon State 2-1, but the Beavers won the last meeting 35-3 in 2000.
Both teams won nine games last year and have had disappointing starts. The Beavers lost their opener to Eastern Washington, an FCS team. The Aztecs are 0-2, losing their opener to Eastern Illinois 40-19.
San Diego State coach Rocky Long was the defensive co- coordinator at Oregon State from 1991-95, and Aztecs defensive line coach Osia Lewis played for the Beavers from 1982-85. SDSU wide receiver coach LeCharls McDaniel coached at Oregon State under current head coach Mike Riley during the 2003-04 campaigns.
Beavers QB Sean Mannion is second in the nation with 412 yards passing per game. He has 12 TD passes and just one interception. He's 11th in the nation in passing efficiency.
On the other hand, the Beavers are tied for 109th in the nation in scoring defense (37 points per game). However, San Diego State is 115th with 41 ppg.
UCLA is enjoying its highest ranking since 2007, when the Bruins were ranked 11th in the AP poll after a 2-0 start. That team lost its third game (44-6 at Utah) and dropped out of the poll for good, finishing the year 6-7.
UCLA has been moving the ball at will through two games. The Bruins are averaging 575.5 ypg (T-5th in FBS) and 49.5 PPG (7th) while gaining 10 or more yards on 23.0 plays per game (3rd) and 20 or more yards on 9.0 plays per game (6th).
New Mexico State has lost 19 straight games against ranked opponents, with the last win coming in 1999 against No. 22 Arizona State (35-7 in Tempe).
The Aggies haven’t won since Aug. 30, 2012, carrying the second-longest active losing streak in FBS with 14 straight losses, including seven straight losses by at least 20 points. This season, they are giving up an FBS-high 47.3 PPG, while getting outscored by 31.0 PPG (2nd-worst in FBS).
UCLA RB Jordon James has done well in replacing the school’s leading rusher Johnathan Franklin in the backfield. James has rushed 43 times for 260 yards so far and his backups have been successful too: Paul Perkins, Steven Manfro and Malcolm Jones are all averaging at least six yards per carry in limited time.
After scoring 58 and 41 points in its first two games, UCLA will try to open a season with three straight 40 point games for the first time since the Bruins did it in 2005. That 2005 team started 8-0 and was ranked No. 7, tying a school record with 10 wins on the year.
Washington RB Bishop Sankey is leading the nation in Rush ypg with 184.5. Keith Price is sixth in FBS with 333.0 Pass ypg. Unsurprisingly with that tandem carrying the load, Washington is fourth in FBS in total offense at 603.5 ypg.
Washington has scored 38 and 34 points in its first two games. The Huskies haven’t scored at least 34 points in three straight games since doing so in September of 2002.
Idaho State will be Washington’s easiest opponent of the season after beating then-No. 19 Boise State in the opening week and following it up by beating Illinois in Chicago. A win for the Huskies would mean a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001.
Washington has its highest ranking in over a decade. The Huskies were ranked No. 17 in the preseason poll in 2003, and haven’t been higher than that since 2002, when they reached No. 9 in the AP poll.
One of the most prolific passers in college football will be displayed in this game … for Idaho State. First-year starter Justin Arias is leading FCS with 434.0 Pass ypg.
Idaho State hasn’t defeated an FBS opponent since a 27-24 win at Utah State in 2000, losing 18 straight meetings with FBS teams since then.
USC’s defense has been among the best in the nation this season, both in defending the run and the pass. The Trojans rank third in the nation in yards per play (3.5), second in points per drive (0.57), second in yards per rush (1.7) and third in defensive QBR (12.4).
USC has allowed only two opponent drives to reach the red zone this season, and neither resulted in a score. USC is the only FBS team this season to not allow a scoring play (TD or FG) on a drive that reached the red zone. Utah State has scored on 16 of its 17 red zone drives this season, with 14 red zone drives resulting in a TD. Its red zone TD mark of 82.4 percent is ninth-best in FBS.
As good as USC’s defense has been, the offense has been just as bad. This is the first time that the Trojans scored 72 points or fewer through their first three games since 2001. That was Pete Carroll’s first season at USC, when they finished 6-6 -- the last season that USC didn’t finish with a winning record.
USC RB Tre Madden has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his first three games this season. He is the first Trojan to begin a season with three straight 100-yard rushing games since Marcus Allen had 12 straight in 1981.
USC is 4-0 all-time vs. Utah State with an average scoring margin of +46.0 PPG in those games (213-29). USC has scored at least 40 points in each meeting. This is the first meeting since 1989.
Utah State is 1-11 vs. BCS-AQ schools over the last 10 seasons. It’s only win came against Utah last year, 27-20. That was also the only home game among the 12 games Utah State has played vs. BCS-AQ schools since 2004.
Utah State QB Chuckie Keeton has been one of the best QBs in the country so far with a 91.7 Total QBR. Since the start of last season, he’s had a Total QBR of at least 80 in 10 of 16 games. Only Johnny Manziel and Marcus Mariota have more such games in that span (12).
With the exception of three seasons during WWII (1943-45), Utah and BYU have played annually since 1922 in a game known as the “Holy War.” Utah has won the last three meetings against BYU and is looking to win four straight in the series for the first time since 2002-05. Because of scheduling arrangements, these teams won’t play in 2014 and 2015. They’ll resume their series in 2016.
Idle in Week 3, BYU rushed for a school-record 550 yards on Sept. 7 against then No. 15 Texas. The record had stood since 1958 when the Cougars tallied 465 rush yards in a win against Montana.
Despite playing only two games, BYU’s Taysom Hill still leads all FBS quarterbacks with 301 rush yards this season. His 150.2 rush yards per game are more than 43 TEAMS in the FBS entering this week.
Utah is tied for eighth in the FBS with 49.3 points per game this season and the Utes’ 148 points scored are tied for the most through three games in program history (also 1911). Utah will need a big night on Saturday to break the school’s all-time mark through four games: 226 in 1905.
Through three games, Utah QB Travis Wilson is responsible for 12 touchdowns this season (7 pass, 5 rush), tied for second-most in the FBS behind Utah State’s Keaton (13). In 12 games (seven starts) last season, Wilson was responsible for just 11 touchdowns (7 pass, 4 rush).
Washington State leads its series with Idaho 70-17-3, but the next-door neighbors haven't played since 2007, a 45-28 Cougars victory.
The Cougars offense should get on track against the Vandals, who are tied for 117th in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 42.3 points per game.
The Cougars are 11th in the nation in total defense, fourth in pass efficiency defense and 23rd in scoring defense.
Senior Washington State safety Deone Bucannon has 300 tackles in his career. He presently leads the conference with 10 tackles per game.
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