Pac-12: Jess Hill
October, 1, 2010
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Some quick notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
- This is the first time since the Pac-10’s inception in 1959 (formerly called AAWU) that the conference has had four 4-0 teams ranked this highly in the AP poll at this point in the season. Oregon, Stanford, Arizona and USC are all 4-0 and ranked among the top 18 teams in the poll.
- This is the 74th meeting between Stanford and Oregon, but Saturday will mark the first time both have been ranked at game time.
- Oregon has its highest AP ranking since the 2007 season, when the Ducks reached No. 2 in the November 11th poll before losing three straight games.
- Of Oregon's 24 scoring drives that ended in touchdowns, 11 of them lasted less than one minute. The average time of those 11 drives is 33 seconds. Oregon ranks 91st nationally in time of possession.
- Oregon has yet to allow a point at home this season, outscoring opponents 141-0 in two games. But that was against New Mexico and Portland State.
- Oregon has won 12 straight home games since losing to Boise State in 2008. The Ducks have also won nine straight home Pac-10 games, last losing to Oregon State in the 2007 Civil War.
- The Ducks already have 14 rushing touchdowns this season. There are 64 current FBS teams that don’t have 14 TOTAL touchdowns yet.
- Stanford won last year’s shootout 51-42 snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Ducks. Oregon has won the last four meetings in Eugene, outscoring the Cardinal 159-52.
- Stanford is enjoying its best AP ranking since finishing the 1992 season also ranked 9th. This is also the first time that Stanford has faced an opponent when BOTH teams are ranked in the AP top 10 since Sept. 12, 1970 when 10th ranked Stanford beat 4th ranked Arkansas 34-28.
- The last time Stanford was ranked in the top 5 was the Sept. 28, 1970 poll (3rd). That year was also the last time Stanford was this highly ranked entering October (3rd).
- Since 2000, Stanford is 4-3 when facing top 5 teams. That includes a stunning upset at No. 2 USC in 2007. Last season, Stanford went 3-0 when facing a ranked opponent.
- If the Cardinal can win on Saturday, it will be their first 5-0 start since the 1951 team started the season 9-0.
- The Oregon-Stanford game will be the fourth consecutive top-10 Pac-10 matchup in Eugene, and Oregon is 3-0 in the previous games: Oct. 27, 2007 -- No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 9 USC, 24-17, at Eugene;Nov. 3, 2007 -- No. 4 Oregon defeated No. 6 Arizona State, 35-23, at Eugene; Oct. 31, 2009 -- No. 10 Oregon defeated No. 4 USC, 47-20, at Eugene (factoid courtesy of Arizona State).
- Stanford has scored 192 points through its first four games this season. That’s the school’s most points over a four-game stretch since the first four games of the 1923 season (206 points). Oregon’s 231 points scored are the most in school history over any four-game stretch. Oregon and Stanford rank first and fourth respectively in scoring offense this season.
- USC was No. 3 when it got upset by Washington last season, and it was held to just 13 points and a 110 pass yards -- a low in the Pete Carroll era. Prior to last year’s loss, the Trojans had won seven straight meetings with Washington by an average score of 40-16 (includes vacated win in 2005).
- USC's Lane Kiffin will attempt to become the third USC coach to start 5-0. Harvey Holmes (started 5-0 in 1904) and Jess Hill (started 7-0 in 1951) are the only two to do it.
- USC has won 32 straight home night games, but three of those wins were vacated by the NCAA.
- Washington LB Mason Foster leads the Pac-10 and is third in the nation with 12.7 tackles per game.
- Arizona State leads its series with Oregon State 24-11-1, but the Beavers have won three of the last four.
- Arizona State QB Steven Threet leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the nation in passing with 307 yards per game.
- Sun Devils punter Trevor Hankins is No. 1 in the nation with an average of 51.1 yards per boot.
- ASU freshman RB Deantre Lewis rushed for 127 yards on just 11 carries vs. Oregon (11.5 yards per carry). He's expected to start at Oregon State.
- With 100 all-purpose yards vs. Boise State, James Rodgers moved to No. 1 on Oregon State's all-time list with 5,630 total yards, passing Ken Simonton.
- The Beavers are road warriors this early season. This is just their second home game and they won't be home again until Oct. 30 vs. California, but that begins a string of four home games over the final six games.
- UCLA leads its series with Washington State 37-18-1, but the Cougars have won six of the last 10.
- The Bruins win at No. 7 Texas was their first road victory over a ranked team since beating No. 19 Oregon State 38-7 in 2001.
- UCLA is 20th in the nation in rushing with 218.75 yards per game. Last year, the Bruins finished 97th in rushing (114.62).
- Washington State QB Jeff Tuel has thrown for more than 200 yards in all four games. The only other Pac-10 quarterbacks to do that are Arizona's Nick Foles and Arizona State's Steven Threet.
- The Cougars rank last in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, scoring defense, total defense, rushing offense, pass defense, pass efficiency defense, sacks against and red zone offense.
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