Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
Both head coaches in Stanford's visit to USC are under 40 years old (David Shaw 39, Lane Kiffin 36) and are two of the youngest six head coaches in the country. When you toss in Washington's 37-year-old Steve Sarkisian, the Pac-12 has three of the youngest six.
Stanford is looking to start 8-0 for the first time since 1951 (started 9-0 and went to the Rose Bowl). Before that, their previous 8-0 start came in 1940, when they went 10-0 and beat Nebraska in the Rose Bowl. Unfortunately for the Cardinal, Minnesota was awarded the national title that year.
In USC's history against Stanford, which dates back to their first meeting in 1905, USC has never played a Stanford team ranked this highly (Stanford is ranked No. 4) in the AP poll. The previous high is No. 7 Stanford in 1951.
Stanford, which owns the nation's longest current winning streak at 15 games, has won each of its past 10 games by 25+ points. In the AP poll era (since 1936), no other team has won 10 consecutive games by at least 25 points. To put that in perspective, there have been 370 winning streaks of at least 10 games since 1936, and none of them included 10 straight by 25+ points.
During that 10-game win streak, Stanford’s scoring margin is +35.2 PPG. During their overall active 15-game win streak, Stanford’s scoring margin is +29.0 PPG.
According to USC’s game notes, ESPN College GameDay has made seven trips to USC for a game (this will be the eighth). The Trojans are 6-1 in those games, but their only loss came last year when GameDay was there for Oregon’s 53-32 win.
Stanford and USC have the lowest percentage of three-and-out drives in FBS football this season Stanford has only gone “3 & Out” on 5-of-79 (6.3 percent) drives this season, the lowest percentage in FBS. The Cardinal have had four games this season in which they did not have a “3 & Out,” which is the most in FBS. USC has had three such games, including last week against Notre Dame, and has gone three-and-out on only 7 percent of its drives.
Oregon has won 16 straight conference games overall dating back to a 2009 loss against Stanford. The 16 straight conference wins is the longest streak in school history. It’s the second-longest active conference win streak by any FBS team (TCU, 20 straight MWC wins).
Oregon has won 20 straight home games, three shy of tying the school’s all-time mark of 23 set from 1997-2001.
Oregon has scored 30 or more points in each of its past 25 home games. That is the longest streak in the AP Poll era (since 1936) and one of two active streaks longer than 20 games (TCU, 24 straight). No other team in the AP Poll era has had a streak of at least 20 such games. This week’s opponent Washington State allows 30.4 PPG this season. The next longest such streak after Oregon and TCU? Oklahoma (19 games from 2006-09).
Oregon has won four straight against Washington State, tied for the Ducks longest streak all-time against the Cougars (done three previous times: 1967-70, 1985-88, 1998-2001.) During that winning streak, they've averaged 52.3 points.
Washington State has lost its past 10 games against opponents ranked inside the AP top 10. The Cougars last defeated an AP top-10 team in 2003 when they defeated No. 5 Texas in the Holiday Bowl.
This marks the third meeting all-time between Colorado and Arizona State. Arizona St is 2-0 all-time against Colorado, defeating the Buffs back in 2006 and 2007.
Colorado has lost a school-record 20 consecutive TRUE road games, the longest active streak among FBS teams (next longest: New Mexico, 19). The next-longest active streak among BCS-AQ schools is only 10 consecutive road losses, by Kansas. Colorado’s last road win came back in 2007 against Texas Tech.
This is Colorado’s third game this season against an opponent ranked in the AP top 25 (Arizona State is 23 in AP Poll). The Buffaloes have been outscored 93-9 in the first two contests, losses against Stanford (48-7) and Oregon (45-2).
Arizona State has already forced 20 turnovers this season after forcing only 17 all last season. The 20 turnovers forced are most among Pac-12 teams and sixth-most among FBS teams. However Colorado has turned the ball over only seven times, tied for sixth-fewest among FBS teams.
Arizona State has been a dominant team defensively on third down, leading the nation in third down conversion percentage. Opponents have converted on third down only 25 percent of the time (23-91), including limiting Oregon to 3-11.
California leads its series with UCLA 50-29-1, including a 35-7 win last year.
UCLA ranks 10th or below in the Pac-12 in: scoring offense, scoring defense, total offense, total defense, rushing defense, passing offense and turnover margin. The Bruins have just six sacks in seven games. Cal has 20.
The Bruins are 16-of-20 on PATs this season. Cal is 21-of-25 on PATs. Seven Pac-12 teams have missed one or fewer this season.
Oregon State leads the series with Utah 9-5-1 but the Utes won the past meeting, 31-28 in 2008.
After averaging just 16.8 points through the first four games, the Beavers have averaged 36.3 points over the past three. In those three games, redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has completed 72 percent of his throws for 949 yards.
Utah's run defense ranks third in the conference, yielding just 99. 4 yards per game. It has allowed a conference-low four rushing touchdowns.
This will be the Utes fourth-annual "Blackout" game, in which the Utes wear black uniforms. They are 2-1 in previous blackout games, losing to TCU last season.
Utah ranks last in the conference in both passing and pass efficiency.
Washington leads the series with Arizona 17-9-1, but the Wildcats won 44-14 in Tucson last year.
The Wildcats snapped an eight-game conference losing streak -- and 10-game losing streak to FBS foes -- last Thursday against UCLA. It was interim coach Tim Kish's first game since replacing Mike Stoops.
The Wildcats scored 42 points in the first half against UCLA, which is the most they've ever scored in the first half of a conference game (263 games).
Huskies running back Chris Polk needs 128 yards to eclipse 1,000 for a third consecutive season. The only other UW running back to do that is Napoleon Kaufman.
After giving up 446 rushing yards to Stanford, the Huskies run defense dropped from third to seventh in the Pac-12. Last week, they gave up 97 yards rushing per game. This week, 146.9.