Pac-12: Allen Bradford

Final Pac-12 NFL draft tally

May, 1, 2011
The Pac-12 provided 37 players to the NFL draft over the weekend, one fewer than the SEC, which led all conferences.

If the six combined picks from Colorado and Utah are taken away from the conference, the old Pac-10 provided NFL teams 3.1 draft picks per team, also just behind the SEC at 3.17.

Here's where the Pac-12 players went:

First round
No. 8 Jake Locker, QB, Washington: Tennessee
No. 9 Tyron Smith., OT, USC: Dallas
No. 17 Nate Solder, OT, Colorado: New England
No. 24 Cameron Jordan, DE, California: New Orleans
No. 27 Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado: Baltimore

Second round
7. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA: Tennessee
10. Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona: Houston
13. Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA: Denver
21. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State: Chicago
24. Shane Vereen, RB, California: New England

Third round
13. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC: Tennessee
20. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: Tampa Bay
25. Shareece Wright, CB, USC: San Diego
29. Christopher Conte, S, California: Chicago
33. Sione Fua, DT, Stanford: Carolina

Fourth round
5. Jordan Cameron, TE, USC: Cleveland
19. Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon: Philadelphia
21. Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado: Kansas City
27. Owen Marecic, FB, Stanford: Cleveland

Fifth round
8. Brandon Burton, CB, Utah: Minnesota
9. Gabe Miller, DE, Oregon State: Kansas City
14. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State: Atlanta
23. Richard Sherman, CB, Stanford: Seattle

Sixth round
2. Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford: Cincinnati
14. Caleb Schlauderaff, OG, Utah: Green Bay
17. Ronald Johnson, WR, USC: San Francisco
19. David Carter, DT, UCLA: Arizona
22. Allen Bradford, RB, USC: Tampa Bay
24. Mike Mohamed, LB, California: Denver
32. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: Green Bay
38. Zach Williams, C, Washington State: Carolina

Seventh round
12. D'Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona: Minnesota
24. Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado: New York Jets
30. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State: Green Bay
37. Stanley Havili, FB, USC: Philadelphia
38. David Ausberry, WR, USC: Oakland
39. Malcolm Smith, LB, USC: Seattle

By Pac-12 school:
Arizona (3)
Arizona State (1)
California (4)
Colorado (4)
Oregon (1)
Oregon State (3)
Stanford (4)
UCLA (3)
USC (9)
Utah (2)
Washington (2)
Washington State (1)

The final tally by automatic qualifying conferences:
SEC... 38
Pac-12... 37
Big Ten... 36
ACC... 35
Big East 22
Big 12...19

Nebraska was a big swing to the Big Ten from the Big 12 with seven picks. With Colorado and Nebraska, the Big 12 provided 30 selections.

This was the tally through three rounds:
SEC: 20
ACC: 19
Pac-12: 15
Big Ten: 13
Big 12: 9
Big East: 4

Pac-12 lunch links: Arizona fills a void

February, 28, 2011
You want a prediction about the weather, you're asking the wrong Phil. I'll give you a winter prediction: It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life.

Pac-10 top 25 from 2010: No. 22

February, 17, 2011
We continue our countdown of the Pac-10's 25 best players from 2010.

Note: Because this is ranking players based on this past season, it's Pac-10, not Pac-12.

[+] EnlargeCliff Harris
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesCliff Harris celebrates one of his four punt returns for a touchdown.
Here are the preseason rankings (click each name to read the blurb).

No. 22. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon

2010 numbers: Harris ranked No. 2 in the nation in punt returns (18.8 yards per return) and his four returns for touchdowns ranked first in the nation. He didn't become a starter at cornerback until midseason, but he led the Pac-10 in interceptions (6) and passes defended (23). He returned one interception for a touchdown. He also had 33 tackles and recovered a fumble.

Preseason ranking: Unranked

Making the case for Harris: Harris is an interesting case. He was a top-10 player much of the time -- when Harris was on, he was often spectacular. And he frequently -- too frequently -- caused his coaches to slap their foreheads in exasperation. Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti was at his expatiatory best when discussing the good and bad of Harris (and there have been many, many moments of expatiatory brilliance from Aliotti, as you know). But for all the mistakes due to freelancing and not playing within the scheme, Harris is just such a freaking playmaker. Heck, he scored five touchdowns last year! He should have been credited with two interceptions in the national championship game against Auburn. (He got one, while another curiously wasn't given to him even after an official review.) He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a punt returner and second-team honors as a cornerback. Many Ducks fans will see this ranking as low. We'll make up for it when we project for the 2011 season, when Harris is likely everybody's All-American.

No. 23. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington
No. 24. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
No. 25 Shane Vereen, RB, California's 2010 All-Senior Pac-10 team

January, 25, 2011
The SEC and Big Ten Bloggers -- Chris Low and Adam Rittenberg -- had an excellent idea: An All-Conference team of only seniors (fourth or fifth-year guys with no more eligibility).

And being the radical sort of guy I am, we're going to do an "All-Underclass" Pac-10 team Wednesday morning, which will feature players who will have at least two years of eligibility left next year. So stay tuned!

And here's my All-Pac-10 team without regard to year, just for reference.

So here's my take for the seniors of 2010.

[Edit note: We subbed in USC TE Jordan Cameron after realizing that Stanford TE Coby Fleener has another year of eligibility.]

QB Jake Locker, Washington
RB Owen Marecic, Stanford
RB Allen Bradford, USC
TE Jordan Cameron, USC
WR Jeff Maehl, Oregon
WR Ronald Johnson, USC
OL Chase Beeler, Stanford
OL Jordan Holmes, Oregon
OL Adam Grant, Arizona
OL Colin Baxter, Arizona
OL Bo Thran, Oregon

LB Casey Matthews, Oregon
LB Mason Foster, Washington
LB Mike Mohamed, California
DE Cameron Jordan, California
DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
DT Brandon Bair, Oregon
DE Brooks Reed, Arizona
CB Talmadge Jackson, Oregon
CB Shareece Wright, USC
S Chris Conte, California
S Nate Williams, Washington

K Nate Whitaker, Stanford
P Reid Forrest, Washington State
PR/KR Ronald Johnson, USC

Pac-10 players of the week

December, 6, 2010
Washington running back Chris Polk, Arizona State defensive end James Brooks and Arizona State kicker Thomas Weber have been named Pac-10 Players of the Week.

Polk, a sophomore from Redlands, Calif., rushed for 285 yards on 29 carries -- setting career highs in both categories -- in the 35-28 win at Washington State in the 103rd Apple Cup. His rushing total was second best in Washington history, trailing only the 296 yards that Pro Football Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny ran for versus Washington State in 1950. Polk also scored two touchdowns from two and 57 yards and caught two passes for 18 yards. He finished the regular season with 1,238 yards, giving him his second 1,000-yard season. He joins Napoleon Kaufman and Greg Lewis as the only Huskies to rush for 1,000 yards in a season twice.

Brooks, a junior from Flagstaff, Ariz., registered three tackles, a sack for minus 11 yards, and two blocked extra points in Arizona States 30-29 win over Arizona in double-overtime of the Territorial Cup. With the score tied at 20-20 and the Wildcats attempting an extra point to go ahead with :27 left, Brooks blocked the extra point attempt that sent the game into overtime. After the teams traded field foals in the first overtime with the score tied at 23, ASU scored a touchdown to make it 30-23 Sun Devils. Arizona scored a touchdown to make it 30-29, but Brooks blocked the extra point kick giving Arizona State the victory.

Weber, a senior from Downey, Calif., was perfect in Arizona State's 30-29 win over Arizona in the annual Territorial Cup game in Tucson. He booted four field goals in regulation and one in overtime, including a 52-yard field to put ASU on the scoreboard first. That kick was the fourth-longest field goal in ASU school history and the second-longest of his career. He added field goals of 36, 38, and 40-yards, the last that gave ASU a 20-14 lead. In overtime, Weber connected on a 40-yard field goal, tying the game at 23 and sending it to a second overtime period. He was perfect on the afternoon on extra points, including the eventual game-winner in the second overtime. On the day Weber was perfect on five-for-five field goals and two-for-two extra points.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterbacks Brook Osweiler of Arizona State, running backs Kenjon Barner and LaMichael James of Oregon, and running back Allen Bradford of USC. Also nominated on defense were linebacker Casey Matthews of Oregon, linebacker Malcolm Smith of USC, and linebacker Mason Foster of Washington. Also nominated on special teams were place linebacker Michael Clay of Oregon, and Kiel Rasp of Washington.

Pac-10 helmet stickers

December, 5, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

Allen Bradford: The USC running back, who spent time on the bench this year because of ball security issues, rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown and turned a screen pass into a 47-yard TD in the Trojans' 28-14 win over UCLA.

Kenjon Barner: The Oregon running back -- LaMichael James' backup -- rushed for 133 yards on just 15 carries -- 8.9 yards per rush -- with a 23-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that iced the 37-20 Civil War win over Oregon State.

Thomas Weber: Arizona State beat rival Arizona on Thursday because it had a better kicker. While the Wildcats missed two PATs, Weber was 5-for-5 on field goals with a long of 52 yards and made his one extra point.

Chris Polk: Polk rushed for 284 yards on 26 carries with two TDs in the Huskies' 35-28 win over Washington State. It was the second-best single-game rushing total in program history.

Final: USC 28, UCLA 14

December, 5, 2010
Maybe USC running back Allen Bradford should have gotten more touches this season.

Bradford, who disappeared over the second half of the season -- ball security was the issue -- rushed for 212 yards and a touchdown and turned a screen pass into a 47-yard TD in the Trojans 28-14 win over UCLA.

The Trojans only led 14-7 after three quarters, but they dominated the fourth quarter, which hasn't been the case this season.

USC finishes 8-5, UCLA 4-8. Neither can play in a bowl game, but USC sustained its dominance in the rivalry game.

The game itself wasn't the only brawl. A fight broke out before the game, which involved 40 people, and two men were stabbed, according to a statement from Pasadena police. Both were treated at a local hospital and are in fair condition.


Pac-10 stock report

November, 12, 2010
Who's running with a bull market? Who's battling the bears (not the Golden ones)?

Stock up

Richard Brehaut: UCLA may have a quarterback controversy this spring. Brehaut, of whom expectations were not high when he stepped in for the injured Kevin Prince, has responded with poise. In the win over Oregon State, he completed 13 of 19 passes for 127 yards and -- most surprising -- ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Cameron Jordan: The California defensive end had a career-high 12 tackles -- with a career-high three coming for a loss -- at Washington State. He also was projected as a first-round NFL draft pick this week by ESPN's Todd McShay.

Stanford's defense: While the Cardinal gave up some yards in the win over Arizona, it held the Wildcats to just 17 points. And that came a week after pitching a second shutout of the season at Washington. In its first year with coordinator Vic Fangio, the defense ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (20.8 points per game) and fourth in total defense (339.7 yards per game).

UCLA's defense: The Bruins defense has been hot and cold this year, but it heated up against Oregon State. They held the Beavers to just 267 total yards, the fewest the Bruins have allowed this season, in a 17-14 victory.

Omar Bolden: The Arizona State cornerback returned an interception 66 yards for a touchdowns vs. USC. It was his third interception of the season, which is tied for third in the conference. Bolden has bounced back from a mid-career slump and now looks like an NFL draft pick.

Stock down

Arizona's defense: The Wildcats went to Stanford ranked among the nation's elite on the mean side of the ball. But Andrew Luck and the Cardinal had their way, and piled up 510 yards and 42 points. Ends Brooks Reed and Ricky Elmore, the best pass-rushing combination in the Pac-10, didn't record a sack.

Allen Bradford: Bradford's peculiar career -- the Pac-10 blog believes he's going to end up an NFL starter -- took a downturn with just one carry versus Arizona State. He's fallen behind Marc Tyler and true freshman Dillon Baxter in the pecking order, apparently, and ball security was the chief explanation given by coach Lane Kiffin.

Oregon State: The Beavers entered last weekend controlling whether or not they will appear in the Rose Bowl. Win out, and they were in. But after a shockingly feckless performance at UCLA, the 4-4 Beavers now face a challenging road to just get bowl-eligible. They must win two of their final four games, and the schedule isn't terribly forgiving: Washington State, USC, at Stanford and Oregon.

Thomas Weber: Weber missed what could have been a game-winning field goal at USC and had a PAT blocked and returned for a critical two points in a one-point loss. The former Lou Groza Award winner as the nation's best kicker has connected on just 10 of 17 field goals this season and has had two PATs blocked.

Pac-10 bowl contracts: The conference started the season with only nine eligible teams for six contracted bowl slots because USC is ineligible for the postseason due to NCAA sanctions. Washington State is already assured of a losing record. Washington and Arizona State needs to win-out to become bowl eligible. UCLA and Oregon State need two more wins. California needs one. It's almost certain that the conference won't produce six bowl-eligible teams. And if Oregon plays for the national title and Stanford manages to get a Rose Bowl invitation -- or at-large berth to another BCS bowl game -- then a number of contracted bowls could end up scrambling for replacement teams.

Pac-10 lunch links: Tomey returns

October, 8, 2010
Happy Friday.

Some Pac-10 numbers to chew on

October, 5, 2010
Some numbers that might interest you.
  • In four games last weekend, Pac-10 teams averaged 487 yards and 34.4 points per game. No conference team scored fewer than 28 points.
  • Three conference running backs rushed for more than 200 yards: Oregon's LaMichael James (257 yards vs. Stanford), USC's Allen Bradford (223 vs. Washington) and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin (216 yards vs. Washington State).
  • A conference of QBs? Four Pac-10 teams rank among the nation's top-25 in rushing: No. 2 Oregon, No. 10 UCLA, No. 15 USC and No. 24 Stanford. But only two are among the top-25 in passing: No. 9 Arizona State and No. 11 Arizona.
  • Arizona is the only conference team that ranks in the top-25 in rushing and pass defense. The Wildcats are No. 2 in the nation in total defense (230.75 yards per game). The Wildcats have not allowed a TD in three of four games. They've surrendered zero rushing TDs.
  • USC QB Matt Barkley is No. 1 in the Pac-10 and 14th in the nation in passing efficiency.
  • Three Pac-10 kickers have yet to miss a field goal attempt: Stanford's Nate Whitaker (9 for 9, long of 46 yards), Washington's Erik Folk (7 for 7, long of 54 yards) and Oregon's Rob Beard (5 for 5, long of 42 yards). The longest field goal so far this year came from Washington State's Nico Grasu, who connected from 56 yards (vs. Oklahoma State).
  • Washington LB Mason Foster leads the conference with 48 total tackles and 12 tackles per game.
  • Oregon DT Brandon Bair leads the conference with 8.5 tackles for a loss.
  • Oregon CB Cliff Harris leads the conference with four interceptions and eight pass breakups.
  • Four Pac-10 teams rank among the top-15 in the nation in turnover margin. Oregon is No. 1 (2.20), Oregon State is No. 2 (2.0), California is No. 12 (1.0) and Stanford is 15th (0.80). The Beavers are the only team in the country that hasn't turned the ball over.
  • Four Pac-10 punters rank among the top-14 in the country. Arizona State's Trevor Hankins is No. 1, UCLA's Jeff Locke is No. 10, Washington's Kiel Rasp is No. 12 and Washington State's Reid Forrest is 14th.
  • On the downside for punters, five conference punt returners also rank among the top-14 in the country: Oregon's Harris is No. 1, Oregon State's James Rodgers is No. 4, USC's Ronald Johnson is No. 6, Oregon's Kenjon Barner is No. 11 and Cal's Jeremy Ross is 14th.

Pac-10 players of the week

October, 4, 2010
Oregon running back LaMichael James, Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris and Washington kicker Erik Folk are the Pac-10 Players of the Week.

James, a sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, led No. 4 Oregon to a 52-31 victory over No. 9 Stanford, carrying the ball 31 times for a career-high 257 yards and three touchdowns. His 76-yard touchdown run came on his final carry as he sealed the game with 1:10 remaining. It was his second 200-yard rushing performance this season.

James also was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week.

Harris, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif., collected five tackles to go along with two second-half interception and a pass breakup. His second interception occurred in the end zone when Stanford had a first and 10 on the Ducks 11-yard line. It’s the second Player of the Week honor for Harris -- he won for special teams after game one.

Folk, a junior from Woodland Hills, Calif., came through for Washington for the second straight time against USC as he hit a game-winning field goal to beat the 18th-ranked Trojans. This time, his 32-yarder split the uprights as time expired, giving the Huskies the 32-31 win over No. 18 USC. He was 4-for-4 on field goals for the evening, hitting from 23, 41, 35 and 32 yards. He also made both PAT attempts, accounting for 14 of the team’s 32 points. Last season, it was Polk’s 22-yarder with three seconds to play that made the difference in a 16-13 win over No. 3 USC.

Also nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Deantre Lewis of Arizona State, Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State, Stepfan Taylor of Stanford, Johnathan Franklin of UCLA, Allen Bradford of USC, and quarterback Jake Locker of Washington. Also nominated on defense were defensive tackle Stephen Paea of Oregon State, safety Taylor Skaufel of Stanford, defensive tackle David Carter of UCLA and linebacker Mason Foster of Washington. Also nominated for special teams were punter Trevor Hankins of Arizona State, place kicker Rob Beard of Oregon, kick returner Jordan Poyer of Oregon State, and place kicker Kai Forbath of UCLA.

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 5

October, 3, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

LaMichael James: The Oregon running back is officially a Heisman Trophy candidate. He rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in Oregon's 52-31 win over No. 9 Stanford. He never lost a yard.

Darron Thomas: Thomas completed 20 of 29 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 117 yards and score in the Ducks win over Stanford.

Jake Locker: Washington's QB certainly came back strong after struggling against Nebraska in the worst performance of his career. He passed for 310 yards and rushed for 111 in Washington's comeback 32-31 win at USC. He led a clutch final drive, which included a conversion on fourth-and-11, that set up the game-winning field goal.

UCLA's running game: When a team rushes for 437 yards, as the Bruins did in a 42-28 win over Washington State, you can't just hand it to a running back. The Bruins O-line continues to impress, and running backs Johnathan Franklin (216 yards) and Derrick Coleman (185 yards, 3 TDs) took advantage.

Jacquizz Rodgers: With his brother James out with a concussion, Rodgers gained 145 yards on 24 carries with two TDs -- including one for 74 yards -- in Oregon State's 31-28 win over Arizona State.

Ryan Katz: In his best performance of the season, Katz completed 19-of-29 for 260 yards with two TDs and no interceptions in the win over Arizona State. He has seven TD passes and no picks this year.

Allen Bradford: Bradford had 223 yards on 21 carries with two TDs in a losing effort against Washington.

Pac-10 stock report

September, 22, 2010
Who's running with a bull market? Who's battling the bears (not the Golden ones)?

Stock up

Arizona: The Wildcats, the national team of the week, are 3-0 and ranked 14th after beating No. 9 Iowa, their first victory over a ranked nonconference foe at home since 1989. They are playing well on both sides of the ball and look like a legitimate threat in the Pac-10.

Arizona State: The Sun Devils lost 20-19 at Wisconsin, but they sure didn't look like the team projected to finish ninth in the Pac-10 this fall. Particularly intriguing is a transformation on offense, as QB Steven Threet seems adept at running Noel Mazzone's spread attack.

UCLA's running game: Last year, UCLA ranked 97th in the nation and ninth in the Pac-10 with 114.6 yards rushing per game. This year, despite playing three quality opponents, the Bruins rank 31st in the nation and fourth in the Pac-10 with 203.7 yards per game.

The return game: Three conference teams already have returned kickoffs for TDs. Oregon has returned three punts for TDs. USC one. Six conference punt returners rank among the top 21 in the nation. Four kick returners rank among the top 17.

Shane Vereen: Vereen ran for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns in California's 52-31 loss at Nevada. He is now second in the Pac-10 and 21st in the nation with 108 yards per game.

Andrew Luck: As Stanford's fortunes rise, so does Luck's Heisman Trophy candidacy. The nation's third-rated passer has 10 TD passes and has not thrown an interception. He also has a 52-yard TD run.

Allen Bradford: A non-factor in USC's first two games, he rolled up 131 yards on just 12 carries with a TD in a 32-21 win at Minnesota.

Justin Washington: Guess who leads the Pac-10 in sacks with four? An Arizona redshirt freshman defensive tackle named Justin Washington, that's who.

Brandon Bair: Is Bair the most underrated player in the Pac-10? Maybe. The Oregon DT leads the conference with 6.5 tackles for a loss after a monster game vs. Portland State.

Stock down

California: The national ranking went poof amid a flurry of Nevada points last Friday.

Washington: Little went right as Nebraska pounded the Huskies in front of a supremely disappointed home stadium. Rumors of the program's return to national relevancy appear to have been greatly exaggerated.

USC's defense: The Trojans rank sixth in the conference in scoring defense (23.7 ppg), seventh in total defense (411.7 yards per game) and last in passing defense(291.0 ypg). And those numbers came against mediocre-to-bad teams.

Washington State's offensive line: The Cougars have surrendered 10 sacks -- three more than any other conference team -- and rank last in the conference in rushing (96.7 ypg).

UCLA's ball security: UCLA ranks last in the conference and 112th in the nation in turnover margin. The Bruins are minus-five on the year, with their 10 giveaways being twice as many as any other conference team.

Oregon State's pass rush: The Beavers only have two sacks in two games, which might be a big reason opponents are completing 60 percent of their passes, which is the second-worst completion rate in the conference. Up next: Boise State's Kellen Moore.

Jake Locker: You might have heard that Locker turned in the worst performance of his career vs. Nebraska. It's hard to become a Heisman Trophy candidate -- and justify a high NFL draft grade -- when your QB rating ranks ninth in the Pac-10 and 65th in the nation.

Pac-10 helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 19, 2010
Who deserves a sticker on his helmet for a job well done?

Arizona: The Wildcats posted the signature win of the weekend, beating No. 9 Iowa 34-27. Nick Foles passed for 303 yards and two TDs, while the defense shut down the Iowa running game and recorded six sacks and a pick-six. The special teams also were pretty special with a blocked PAT and 100-yard kick return for a TD.

Shane Vereen: Vereen, mostly quiet in the first two games, ran for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns in California's 52-31 loss at Nevada.

Allen Bradford: The forgotten man in the USC backfield had 131 yards on just 12 carries with a TD in a 32-21 win at Minnesota.

Andrew Luck: Stanford's QB threw four TD passes and ran 52 yards for another score in the Cardinal's 68-24 win over Wake Forest.

Arizona State's offense: The Sun Devils looked like a completely different team while gaining 380 yards in a 20-19 loss at Wisconsin. Credit to quarterback Steven Threet, the O-line that paved the way for a legitimate running game and coordinator Noel Mazzone, who brought in a spread scheme that worked well.

Jacquizz Rodgers: He ended a three-game slump with 132 yards on 24 carries with two TDs in a 35-28 win over Louisville. He also caught five passes for 27 yards.

UCLA: Everyone wrote off the Bruins after they started 0-2, including a 35-0 home loss to Stanford. But they bounced back with a 31-13 win over No. 23 Houston. The defense forced three turnovers and the offense rushed for 266 yards.

Pac-10 stock report

September, 15, 2010
Who's running with a bull market? Who's battling the bears (not the Golden ones)?

Stock up
  • Kenjon Barner & LaMichael James: Barner leads the nation in scoring -- 18 points per game -- and James' 72-yard TD run might be the best play you'll see all year.
  • Jermaine Kearse: The Washington receiver ranks third in the nation with 143.5 yards receiving per game, and his four TD receptions are tops in the Pac-10.
  • Pac-10 QBs: Five rank among the nation's top-22 in passing efficiency, topped by California's Kevin Riley, who ranks third overall and has thrown seven TD passes with no interceptions.
  • Trevor Hankins: He has punted five times in two games for Arizona State and his shortest boot is 49 yards. He averages 53.2 yards per punt, which would be tops in the nation but he hasn't had enough punts.
  • Defense: Five Pac-10 teams rank among the top-17 in the nation in total defense, including California, which ranks No. 1 (160 yards per game). The other four are No. 3 Arizona, No. 7 Stanford, No. 11 Oregon and No. 17 Arizona State.
  • Oregon's offense: It ranks second in the nation in total offense (583.5 yards per game) and second in scoring (60 ppg).
  • California's pass rush: The Bears wanted to put more pressure on opposing QBs. Well, they've recorded eight sacks in two games, which leads the conference.
Stock down
  • UCLA's offense: The Bruins were shut out at home 35-0 vs. Stanford and rank 111th in the nation in total offense (273 yards per game) and 115th in scoring (11 ppg).
  • Washington State's defense: The Cougars are yielding 475 yards per game, which ranks 110th in the country.
  • Marc Tyler and Allen Bradford: After rushing for 154 yards on 17 carries for USC vs. Hawaii, Tyler had just 67 yards on 18 carries vs. Virginia. And coach Lane Kiffin didn't give him a strong endorsement when he told the LA Daily News that "As of today Tyler is the starter." Bradford began fall camp as USC's starting running back. He had three carries for 10 yards against Virginia.
  • Washington on fourth down: The Huskies are 0-3 on fourth down this season.
  • Penalties: Arizona State ranks 118th in the nation with 112 penalty yards per game. USC? It ranks 119th with 120 penalty yards per game.
  • Shane Vereen: He's battled nagging injuries since fall camp, but Vereen is only averaging 63 yards rushing per game and his 4.2 per carry average is tied for ninth among the conference's top-10 rushers. His long run so far is 12 yards.