Saturday, October 12, 2013
Saturday's Pac-12 slate
By Ted Miller
Here's a look at Saturday's games. All times are ET.
No. 2 Oregon (5-0, 2-0) at No. 16 Washington (4-1, 1-1) 4 p.m. Fox Sports 1: Washington leads the series 58-42-5, but the Ducks have won nine in a row in the series by at least 17 points, including a 52-21 win last year in Eugene. ... Washington has gone three-and-out on offense in only 6 of 65 drives this season (9.2 percent). Only Baylor (1 of 61; 1.6 percent) boasts a better percentage. ... Washington is highly ranked in several NCAA offensive and defensive categories, including: third in third-down conversions, seventh in completion percentage and fifth in total offense, as well as third in pass efficiency defense and 11th in scoring defense. ... Oregon is No. 2 in the nation in scoring, No. 2 in total offense, No. 3 in rushing offense and No. 9 in passing efficiency. The Ducks also are No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense, No. 7 in pass efficiency defense and No. 8 in third down defense. ... The Huskies have turned the ball over six times this year, but have not allowed any of those turnovers to be converted into points. The Huskies have converted six of eight takeaways into touchdowns. Oregon is third in the nation in turnover margin. ... Washington has allowed just seven points in the first and fourth quarters this season. ... Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has accounted for 21 touchdowns -- 14 passing, seven rushing. .. Washington RB Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 4 rusher with 146.4 yards per game. He’s rushed for 100 yards or more in eight of the last 10 games.
No. 5 Stanford (5-0, 3-0) at Utah (3-2, 0-2) 6 p.m. Pac-12 Network: Stanford leads the series 3-2, but this will be the teams’ first meetings since the Utes became Pac-12 members. ... Utah won the most recent game 17-10 at Stanford in 1996, but the Utes are 0-2 against Stanford in Salt Lake City. In the last meeting, Utah’s defense, under the direction of then-defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham, shut out the Cardinal for three-and-a-half quarters in a 17-10 win. The Utes led 17-0 entering the fourth quarter. Juan Johnson rushed for 114 yards and Jeff Kaufusi had two sacks to lead the Utes. ... Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, Utah is 0-4 against ranked conference opponents and 1-4 overall (the win was over No. 25 BYU in 2012). ... Stanford and Utah both average 39 points per game. ... Utah leads the Pac-12 with 18 sacks. Stanford has yielded just five, second-fewest in the conference. Utah has forced just six turnovers. Stanford has forced seven. Those are the two lowest totals in the Pac-12. ... Stanford and Utah are tied for first in the Pac-12 in red zone offense. The Utes have 12 TDs in 18 red-zone trips. The Cardinal have 11 in 18 trips.
Colorado (2-2, 0-2) at Arizona State (3-2, 1-1) 10 p.m. Pac-12 Network: Arizona State leads the series 4-0, including a 51-17 win in Boulder last year. ... The Sun Devils have won two games in Tempe and two in Boulder against CU and have outscored the Buffaloes 153-48 in those contests. ... Colorado is coming off a 57-16 defeat to No. 2 Oregon. The Sun Devils lost to Notre Dame 37-34. ... Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong is off to one of the best starts for a receiver in school history, amassing 569 yards (113.8 ypg, which ranks 15th in the nation) on 39 receptions (7.8 rpg) in his first five games in a Sun Devil uniform. Of those 39 receptions this season, 25 have resulted in first downs. He has also drawn six pass interference penalties against him this season, four of which have results in first downs, giving him a total of 29 of ASU’s 126 first downs this season (23.0 percent). ... Colorado WR Paul Richardson ranks second in the nation with 155.3 yards receiving per game. ... The Sun Devils rank 11th in the Pac-12 in run defense (182.8 yards per game), but Colorado only ranks 10th in rushing offense (110.2 ypg).
California (1-4, 0-2) at No. 11 UCLA (4-0, 1-0) 10:30 p.m. ESPN2: UCLA leads the series 50-32-1, but the Bears posted a stunning 43-17 victory over the then-No. 25 Bruins last year. It was the high moment of the Bears' 3-9 season that got coach Jeff Tedford fired. That game was notable for two individual performances. In a poor-to-middling career, it probably was Bears QB Zach Maynard's best game -- he completed 25 of 30 passes for 295 yards with four TDs. And, in what is a career rising from good to elite, Bruins QB Brett Hundley had his worst career game, throwing four interceptions. ... The key matchup will be the Bears passing attack against the Bruins secondary, which grabbed six of its seven interceptions last week against Utah. Cal freshman QB Jared Goff ranks third in the nation with 364 yards passing per game. But the Bears rushing offense is struggling and the defense is suffering through an epidemic of injuries. Cal is 122nd in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering 45 points per game. ... A fast start might help. As noted by the San Francisco Chronicle, Cal has allowed a touchdown on the opposing team’s first drive in each of the first five games and has been outscored 86-31 in the first quarter this season.
Oregon State (4-1, 2-0) at Washington State (4-2, 2-1) 10:30 ESPNU: Washington State leads the series 48-46-2, but it has dropped five of the last six games, including the past two. The Beavers won 19-6 last year. The Cougars' last win over the Beavers in Martin Stadium was 36-30 in 2003. ... The game features two of the nation's most prolific passing quarterbacks. Oregon State's Sean Mannion leads the nation in both passing yards per game (403.6) and touchdowns (21). Washington State's Connor Halliday is ninth at 332.2 yards per game. If there is a difference, it's interceptions. Mannion has thrown just two, while Halliday has 10 to go with 13 TD passes. Halliday passed for 521 yards in the win at California last Saturday, just 10 yards short of a school record. It's the most passing yards by any FBS QB so far this season. The 44 points against Cal are the most scored by WSU in a conference game since beating Oregon 55-10 in Eugene in 2003. ... The Cougars claimed their first win over Cal since 2002 (in Berkeley), snapping an eight-game skid. ... Don't expect a lot of rushing yards. The Beavers and Cougars rank 121st and 122nd in the nation in rushing.