- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday.
USC QB Matt Barkley threw more touchdowns (13) on throws of 25-plus yards last season than he did in the past two seasons combined (4). Twelve of those 13 touchdown passes were caught by Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.
Woods was targeted 65 more times than Lee in USC’s first seven games (102 for Woods vs 37 for Lee), but just five more times than Lee in USC’s final five games (63-58).
Barkley has thrown 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions when opponents blitzed during the last two seasons (18 TD, Int in 2011).
In his career, Barkley has thrown for 794 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 77 percent of his passes in the first week of the season. The key to his success is keeping his passes short, averaging his fewest air yards per attempt (7.0) compared to any other week of the season.
Oregon has the most touchdown drives of two minutes or fewer (90) and three plays or fewer (39) since the start of 2010.
Over the past two seasons, Oregon has 44 rushes of 30-plus yards, most in FBS. The Ducks are a perfect 21-0 when they break at least one run of 30-plus yards and 3-3 in the games that they do not.
De'Anthony Thomas was the only player in FBS with at least 500 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 500 kick return yards last season.
On rushes outside the tackles, Thomas and Kenjon Barner averaged 8.7 yards per rush and a first down every 2.3 rushes.
Stanford leads its series with San Jose State 50-14-1. That noted, three recent defeats were consecutive, from 1998-2000, and all while the Cardinal was coached by Tyrone Willingham.
Stanford coach David Shaw is just the ninth major college coach to post 11 or more wins his first year in 2011.
Running back Stepfan Taylor is just the third Stanford running back to record back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. He needs 230 yards rushing to reach the 3,000-yard career mark. He needs 1,264 yards rushing this season to eclipse Darrin Nelson as the Cardinal's all-time leading rusher.
Arizona leads its series with Toledo 3-0, including a 41-2 win at Toledo in 2010.
Arizona QB Matt Scott is no rookie. He's appeared in 22 games with five starts. He's passed for 1,301 yards, completing 63.8 percent of his passes with six TDs. He's also rushed for 510 yards (6.5 yards per carry).
California leads its all-time series with Nevada 22-2-1, but the Wolf Pack won the last meeting 52-31 in 2010.
Cal has led the Pac-12 in total defense in each of the past two seasons. Its pass defense has been particularly staunch, allowing a league-low 195.24 yards per game during that span. Additionally, the Bears’ defense averaged 7.62 tackles for loss per game in 2011, leading the Pac-12 and ranking seventh nationally.
Colorado leads its series with Colorado State 61-20-2, including a 28-14 win last year.
Buffaloes junior QB Jordan Webb started 19 games in two seasons at Kansas, totaling 3,079 passing yards and 20 touchdowns.
Colorado will be young -- 15-of-23 true freshman hold positions on the Buffs' initial depth chart, with three slated to start or share first-team duties.
Colorado is dressing 77 players: all eight of the team's seniors, 19 juniors, 24 sophomores and 26 freshmen (16 true, 10 redshirt); included are 41 lettermen but 32 others who have yet to play in a CU uniform (30 who haven't played in college when accounting for transfers).
Washington leads its series with San Diego State 2-0, last winning 36-3 in 1997.
Huskies QB Keith Price ranked third among returning Pac-12 quarterbacks with 235.6 passing yards per game in 2011. Price threw for 3,063 yards and a school record 33 TDs last season.