- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
Dating to last season, Arizona has won four in a row. The Wildcats have not won five in a row since winning the final seven games of the 1998 season, which they finished 12-1.
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott has 836 yards of total offense in two games, tied for most in the FBS along Syracuse signal-caller Ryan Nassib. Scott’s 418.0 yards-per-game average is tied for second in the FBS, behind Louisiana-Monroe QB Kolton Browning, who compiled 481 in his only game (Saturday's upset of Arkansas).
South Carolina State is 0-9 all-time vs current members of the FBS, getting outscored by a combined total of 319-60 (average loss margin: 28.8 PPG).
The Arizona State-Missouri series is split 3-3, with the Sun Devils winning 37-30 in overtime last season in Tempe. ASU is 0-2 in Columbia.
The Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC this season, and the Sun Devils are 0-5 all-time against SEC schools.
Last time California and Ohio State played, Ohio State won 35-18 in Berkeley in 1972. That was Archie Griffin’s freshman season at Ohio State.
California has forced 24 negative plays this season, tied for second-most in FBS (Oklahoma State leads with 26).
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller has averaged 8.0 yards on scrambles during his career, with 17 of his 51 runs gaining 10 yards or more.
This will be the sixth meeting between Colorado and Fresno State, but the first between the two schools at Bulldog Stadium. Colorado leads the series 4-1. The Bulldogs' only victory came in 2001, 24-22, behind quarterback David Carr.
Through its first two games this season, Oregon has come out with a vengeance, only to let off the gas in the second half. Oregon is outscoring opponents 85-16 in the first half; in the second half, the Ducks have been outscored 43-14.
Since the start of 2010 season, Oregon leads FBS in touchdown drives of two minutes or fewer (97); one minute or fewer (45) and three plays or fewer (41). In two games this season, Oregon has seven touchdown drives that lasted two minutes or fewer, tied with UCLA for most against FBS opponents (fourth-most overall; the top teams played Savannah State).
Kenjon Barner is averaging 7.9 yards per rush inside the tackles this season (5.4 in 2011).
Stanford has owned its series with USC recently, winning four of the past five meetings.
It's not always useful to blitz Barkley. He has thrown 119 consecutive passes against five or more pass-rushers without an interception.
As a team, USC has gained 361 yards after the catch this season. Since the start of 2009, Barkley’s first season as a starter, the Trojans are 23-3 when they have at least 100 yards after the catch and 6-8 when they do not. Two of the three losses were Stanford (2010, 2011) and the other to Oregon (2010). Marqise Lee has gained 73.4 percent (193/263) of his yards after the catch this season.
Last season, Stanford had the fewest three-and-out drives and negative plays in FBS with Andrew Luck under center. Through two games, Stanford is ranked in the bottom half of FBS in yards per play (tied for 80th), negative plays (T-61), three-and-outs per game (T-75) and third-down conversion rate (T-109).
UCLA has been nearly unstoppable moving the ball offensively. The Bruins followed up a 646-yard performance against Rice with a 653-yard effort against Nebraska -- good for two of the top 10 games in school history in terms of total offense. They currently rank third in FBS with 649.5 yards per game, and will be going against a defense in Houston which ranks 115, allowing 521.0 per game.
Defensively, the Bruins pass rush has excelled. UCLA has eight sacks so far this season (tied for seventh in FBS), a far better pace than last season, when the team finished with 14 sacks (tied for 112th) and didn’t get its eighth sack until the eighth game of the season.
Running Johnathan Franklin had 217 rushing yards on 26 attempts in UCLA’s upset of Nebraska. It was his second consecutive 200-yard rushing game and third of his career. Franklin’s 215.5 rushing yards per game leads FBS this season and is more than 90 teams. For the season, Franklin leads FBS with six runs that gained 20 yards or more and is one of two players with two 60-plus-yard touchdown runs.
David Piland did not go down quietly in Houston’s loss to Louisiana Tech. Piland attempted 77 passes, completing 53 for 580 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His 77 attempts were sixth-most in FBS history; Drew Brees owns the record with 83 attempts against Wisconsin on Oct. 10, 1998.
The BYU-Utah rivalry is called the “Holy War” and this will be the 69th consecutive meeting between the teams. The rivalry will be put on hold after next season, however: Utah won’t host BYU again until 2016.
There have been a lot of close games in this rivalry, especially over the past 15 seasons. In that span, 12 of the games have been decided by a touchdown or less with seven of those 12 decided by a field goal or less.
BYU QB Riley Nelson is completing 73.1 percent of his passes in shotgun this season (38.5 percent when under center).
Last season, Utah went on the road and dominated BYU 54-10, its biggest win in the series in 89 years. It was also the biggest win in the rivalry by either team since 1983. It was the seventh time in the past 10 meetings that the Utes beat the Cougars.
Washington and Portland State are meeting for the first time.
Two-time Huskies captain Nigel Burton is in his third season as head coach at Portland State. Two former Huskies are on his staff, linebackers Lester Towns and Ikaika Malloe.
If Washington State QB Jeff Tuel can't play due to a knee injury, redshirt sophomore Connor Halliday will replace him. Halliday went 5-for-11 passing with no touchdowns and an interception in the fourth quarter last week against Eastern Washington. Halliday saw limited action in the Cougars' 59-7 victory over UNLV last season, finishing 5-for-6 with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and this would be the second start of his career. He has starred in relief before, passing for a Pac-12 freshman record 494 yards and adding four touchdowns without an interception last season against Arizona State after Marshall Lobbestael was injured early in the game.
UNLV has lost seven consecutive games dating back to last season, which is tied for the third-longest active streak in FBS. Both Rebels losses this season came by three points, including a loss to FCS school Northern Arizona last week, when NAU scored 17 unanswered points in the second half.
UNLV is 6-25 against current Pac-12 schools, with the last victory coming in 2008 against Arizona State. Washington State has won all five previous meetings by double digits.