Tuesday, October 13, 2009
A quick look at this week's games
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Lining up this week's action.
No. 6 USC (4-1) at No. 25 Notre Dame (4-1)
USC beat Notre Dame 38-3 last year ... Notre Dame leads the series 42-33-5 ... USC leads the series 22-17-3 since 1967 and has won seven in a row ... The Trojans are tied for No. 1 in the nation with 21 sacks ....Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is No. 1 in the nation in passing efficiency ... USC has yet to surrendered a touchdown pass this year ... Notre Dame ranks 100th in the nation in total defense (403.2 yards per game), but is 59th in scoring defense (23.8 points per game) ... USC ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense (8.6 ppg) and sixth in total defense (221.8 ypg) ... The Fighting Irish rank 10th in the nation in total offense (470 ypg) ... The Trojans rank 113th in the nation in third-down conversion percentage (28.8 percent) ... Notre Dame is plus-four in turnover margin .... The Trojans are minus-1 in turnover margin.
Stanford (4-2, 3-1) at Arizona (3-2, 1-1)
Stanford beat Arizona 24-23 last year ... Arizona leads the series 13-11-0 ... In last year's game, Toby Gerhart scored the winning touchdown with 25 seconds left on a 1-yard plunge. The 66-yard scoring drive was engineered by then-No. 3 quarterback Alex Loukas ... After playing three consecutive games on the road, the Wildcats will play three in a row at home, where it has won nine of its last 11 -- the two losses coming to ranked teams ... Gerhart leads the Pac-10 with 124.3 yards rushing per game ... Arizona leads the conference in time of possession (33:15) ... Stanford and Arizona have allowed the fewest sacks (four) in the Pac-10 ... Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles leads the Pac-10 in passing efficiency ... The Cardinal rank No. 1 in the Pac-10 in rushing offense and passing efficiency ... The Cardinal rank last in the conference in turnover margin (minus-4) in large part because they have only forced five turnovers.
California (3-2, 0-2) at UCLA (3-2, 0-2)
California beat UCLA 41-20 last year ... UCLA leads the series 49-28-1 .... Cal ranks second in the Pac-10 with 15 sacks ... UCLA kicker Kai Forbath has connected on 13 of 14 field goal attempts ... Cal is second in the conference in turnovers margin (plus-six) and is the conference's least penalized team ... Bruins defensive tackle Brian Price ranks second in the conference with nine tackles for a loss. No other interior defensive lineman ranks among the top-9 ... Bears linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Mike Mohamed combine for 17.4 tackles per game, making them the conference's top tackling tandem ... Bruins safety Rahim Moore ranks No. 1 in the nation with five interceptions ... Cal and UCLA rank seventh and eight in the conference in pass efficiency ... Bruins punter Jeff Locke leads the Pac-10 -- and ranks fifth in the nation -- with an average of 46.3 yards per boot ... Bears punter Bryan Anger ranks eighth with 39.3 yards per kick.
Washington (3-3, 2-1) at Arizona State (3-2, 1-1)
Arizona State beat Washington 39-19 last year .... Washington leads the series 15-13-0 ... Arizona State ranks No. 3 in the nation in total defense (221.8 ypg) and 19th in scoring defense (15.8 ppg) ... Washington ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in run and scoring defense and eighth in passing and total defense, but the Huskies also have surrendered just 11 touchdown on 30 opponents' red zone penetrations. Only USC -- at three touchdowns in 13 red zone possessions -- owns a better percentage ... Arizona State is No. 1 in the conference in turnover margin at plus-seven. The Sun Devils rank third in the nation with 11 interceptions ... Washington ranks first in the conference and fifth in the nation in third-down conversions (53.3 percent) ... The Sun Devils are the conference's most penalized team, averaging 82.6 penalty ypg ... Huskies quarterback Jake Locker ranks first in the conference in total offense (270.3 ypg) ... The Sun Devils rank ninth in the conference in passing efficiency.
Oregon (5-1, 3-0), Oregon State (4-2, 2-1) and Washington State (1-5, 0-4) are off this week. Oregon is at Washington; Oregon State is at USC; and Washington State is at California on Oct. 24.