- 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.
Washington leads its series with Arizona 18-9-1, including a 42-31 victory last year.
The Huskies have lost two in a row, the Wildcats three in a row. All of those losses came to ranked teams.
In last year's UW win, Chris Polk scored five touchdowns, rushed for 144 yards and caught four passes for 100 yards. In 2010 in Tucson, then-backup quarterback Matt Scott led the Wildcats team to a 44-14 win, completing 18-of-22 passes for 233 yards and two TDs.
This will be the 115th Big Game between California and Stanford (tied for the ninth most- played rivalry in FBS history). It will also be the earliest date of the Big Game since the first meeting, which was played in March 1892.
This is the seventh Big Game meeting since 2001 in which one of these teams is ranked while the other is not. Of the previous six matchups, the ranked team has won five times.
As Josh Nunes goes, so does Stanford. In three games with Nunes passing for more than 200 yards, the Cardinal is 3-0. In three games with Nunes passing for fewer than 200 yards, they are 1-2, with the lone win coming by three at home to San Jose State.
Stanford is a completely different team at home versus the road. It averages just 255 yards per game on the road and has yet to score an offensive touchdown, mustering just 13 points in each game (both losses).
Oregon State quarterback Cody Vaz will start his second consecutive game as Sean Mannion recovers from knee surgery. In his first career start last week against BYU, Vaz passed for 332 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. In 14 career starts, Mannion only has one game with multiple touchdowns and no picks.
The Beavers are 5-0 for the first time since 1939, when they went on to lose their sixth game and finish 9-1-1. Oregon State hasn’t started 6-0 since 1907 (in a six-game schedule), and hasn’t been undefeated through six games since 1933 (started 4-0-2).
The Beavers’ 16 touchdown drives have an average length of 75 yards, the longest in FBS (13 of their 16 touchdown drives have been at least 75 yards).
Utah lost three straight versus AP top-10 teams, with the last win coming against fourth-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in January 2009.
USC QB Matt Barkley can make conference history against Colorado. He needs three more pass touchdowns to tie the Pac-12 career record with a fellow USC QB named Matt.
USC receiver Robert Woods also can make history in the game. He has 212 career receptions, just four shy of Dwayne Jarrett’s school record for catches in a career.
USC has converted just 33 percent of its plays on third down and two yards or less, the lowest percentage in FBS. Overall, the Trojans are converting 30.1 percent of their third-down attempts, the eighth-lowest percentage in FBS.
Colorado hasn’t fared well against ranked opponents, losing eight straight games against AP top-25 teams with the last victory coming against 17th-ranked Kansas in 2009. Unfortunately, this is the first of three straight games for the Buffaloes against teams currently ranked in the AP poll.
Colorado has been a mess defensively. The Buffaloes are allowing 41.3 points per game (117th in FBS) and have a minus-20.5 average point differential (also 117th in FBS). They have allowed at least 30 points in five consecutive games, tied with Central Michigan and UNLV for the longest such active streak in FBS.