- 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.
Arizona has owned the recent series with UCLA, winning five of the last six meetings overall and four in a row in Tucson by a combined score of 161-66. UCLA, however, did win last year’s meeting in a 66-10 romp.
The last two years have been blowouts for the home team. In 2011 in Tucson, Arizona led by 35 at the half and won 48-12. Last year in Pasadena, UCLA led by 39 at the half en route to the 56-point win.
UCLA has won seven straight games vs Pac-12 South teams, with two of those wins coming this season. The North/South breakdown for the Bruins has been stunning over the last two seasons.
Since last year’s loss at UCLA when he had 54 yards, Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey has 11 straight 100-yard rushing performances, the longest active streak in the country.
Since RB Jordon James was injured (ankle) at Utah, the UCLA rushing attack has struggled. The Bruins are averaging 3.5 yards per rush over their last four games after averaging 5.3 yards per rush over their first four, and QB Brett Hundley has been the leading rusher with 189 yards. It was reported this week that James is not expected to play against Arizona.
Utah has been much better at home than on the road this season. In Pac-12 play, the Utes have scored 34 PPG at home and 13.5 PPG on the road. After close losses to Oregon State and UCLA, they finally broke through with a win over No. 5 Stanford in their last home game.
Utah hasn’t beaten Arizona State since 1976, losing nine straight meetings since then (two as Pac-12 opponents). The Utes will try to beat multiple AP-ranked opponents in the same season for only the third time in school history (did it in 1994 & 2008).
Arizona State uarterback Taylor Kelly and running back Marion Grice have driven an Arizona State offense which averages 46.6 PPG. Kelly is sixth in the country with 28 TD responsible for. Grice leads all FBS players with 18 touchdowns (12 rushing, 6 receiving) from scrimmage. He has scored more offensive touchdowns than 11 FBS teams.
Arizona State has scored at least 50 points in each of its last three games, and each of its last four Pac-12 games. The only other time the Sun Devils have broken 50 in three straight games was a three game stretch in 1972.
The Sun Devils have forced a turnover in 23 straight games, tied for the third longest active streak in the FBS. That’s bad news for a Utah team that’s tied for 87th in turnovers committed this season (17).
USC leads the series with California, which dates back to 1915 and is uninterrupted since 1926, 64-30-5 (not including the Trojans’ 2005 victory that was vacated due to NCAA penalty; original record: 65-30-5). The Trojans have not lost to the Bears since 2003, and Cal has averaged just 10.2 points in those games.
USC needs one more victory to become bowl eligible. California is the only Pac-12 team that can't become bowl eligible.
Trojan defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast served in the same role at Cal the previous three seasons under Jeff Tedford. Under him, USC’s defense is among the nation’s best, ranking in the top 25 in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions, red-zone defense, third-down conversion defense and first-down defense.
The Bears rank in the nation’s bottom five in total defense, scoring defense and turnover margin. They have allowed nearly 530 total yards and 43 points per game.
Washington leads the series 7-5-1 with Colorado, including four consecutive victories, the last two as Pac-12 foes. In last year's game, Huskies QB Keith Price threw five TD passes and the defense held the Buffaloes to just 141 yards.
Huskies RB Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 3 rusher with 145.3 yards per game. His last time out, he rushed for a career-best 241 yards vs. California. Sankey, one of only four Huskies to surpass 1,000 yards in more than one season, also ranks No. 4 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, with 12.
The Huskies have turned the ball over nine times this year, and have allowed only one of those turnovers to be converted into a touchdown. Conversely, the UW has converted seven of 11 takeaways into touchdowns.
Colorado ranks 11th in the Pac-12 in scoring defense (38.1 points per game) and 10th in scoring offense (26.4 ppg), but those totals are significantly better than 2012 (46 ppg and 17.8 ppg)
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