Tuesday, October 6, 2009
A quick look into this week's games
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Lining up this week's action.
No. 13 Oregon (4-1, 2-0) at UCLA (3-1, 0-1)
Oregon beat UCLA 31-24 last year. ... UCLA leads the series 39-23-0. ... Oregon's four-game winning streak leads the Pac-10. ... UCLA has won six of its last nine against ranked foes in the Rose Bowl. ... Oregon's Ed Dickson is now the Ducks career leader in receptions by a tight end with 104. ... UCLA kicker Kai Forbath leads the nation with three field goals per game. ... Oregon has forced a conference-high 13 turnovers but it has also given away 12. ... The Bruins rank ninth in the conference in passing, total and scoring offense. ... Ducks freshman RB LaMichael James has rushed for 351 yards in the Ducks last three games. ... UCLA ranks 23rd in the nation in run defense (99.25 yards per game) and 20th in total defense (281.25 yards per game). ... Oregon leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 34.2 points per game even though it still ranks last in passing offense with 172.6 yards per game.
Stanford (4-1, 3-0) at Oregon State (3-2, 1-1)
Stanford beat Oregon State 36-28 last year. ... Stanford leads the series 48-24-3. ... Stanford is off to its best start since beginning 5-1 in 2001, the last season the Cardinal went to a bowl game. The Cardinal haven't been 3-0 in conference play since 1999, and that team went to the Rose Bowl. ... Oregon State receiver James Rodgers leads the Pac-10 in receptions per game (9.6) and receiving yards per game (93.2 ypg). He also leads the conference in all-purpose yards (187 ypg). ... Stanford running back Toby Gerhart ranks first in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation with 130 yards rushing per game. ... Oregon State ranks 12th in the country in run defense (87.4 ypg). The longest run against the Beavers defense is 19 yards. ... Among conference quarterbacks with at least 100 passing attempts, Stanford's redshirt freshman Andrew Luck ranks No. 1 in pass efficiency. ... Oregon State has not lost a fumble this year. ... Stanford DE Thomas Keiser ranks second in the conference in sacks (4.5) and tackles for a loss (7.5). ... Jacquizz Rodgers leads the conference with nine touchdowns.
Arizona (3-1, 1-0) at Washington (2-3, 1-1)
Arizona beat Washington 48-14 last year. ... Washington leads the series 16-8-1. ... Washington has the leading freshman running back, Chris Polk with 90.4 ypg, and leading freshman receiver, James Johnson, with 55.8 yards per game, in the Pac-10. ... Arizona running back Nic Grigsby leads the conference with an 8.1 yards per carry average. ... The Huskies are the only Pac-10 team converting more than 50 percent of their third downs (54.5 percent). ... Arizona ranks 23rd in the nation in total defense, giving up 288.25 ypg. ... Washington quarterback Jake Locker leads the conference in both passing (256.6 ypg) and total offense (278 ypg). ... Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore ranks third in the conference with 4.5 sacks. ... Huskies kicker Erik Folk is 9 of 10 on field goals. ... Wildcats cornerback Trevin Wade is tied for second in the nation with an average of one interception per game.
Arizona State (2-2, 0-1) at Washington State (1-4, 0-3)
Arizona State beat Washington State 31-0 last year. ... Arizona State leads the series 21-12-1. ... Arizona State receiver Chris McGaha caught 15 passes for 165 yards, both career highs, against Oregon State. The 15 receptions is now tied for fourth on the conference's single-game list. ... Washington State punter Reid Forrest leads the Pac-10 with an average of 44.7 yards per punt. He's had 11 punts downed inside an opponent's 20-yard line. ... Arizona State ranks third in the nation in total defense (232 ypg). ... Washington State ranks last in the Pac-10 in rushing, passing, total and scoring defense. It ranks last in rushing, total and scoring offense. It ranks eighth in passing offense. ... Arizona State is 7 for 10 on fourth downs this year. ... Washington State ranks last in the Pac-10 in attendance at 22,353. The Cougars averaged 30,718 last year. ... The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin (plus-9), which includes a league-high nine interceptions. ... Washington State leads the conference in redzone defense, with opponents scoring only 65.2 percent of the time. ... Sun Devils quarterback Danny Sullivan ranks last in the conference in passing efficiency.
USC and California are both off. Cal next plays at UCLA on Oct. 17. USC will be at Notre Dame on Oct. 17.