Pac-12: Pac-10 general

Pac-12 bowl projections: Week 6

October, 9, 2011
10/09/11
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Projecting the bowls based on the sixth week of games.

Rose Bowl Game: Stanford vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo: Oregon vs. Big 12
Bridgepoint Education Holiday: Arizona State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun: Washington vs. ACC
MAACO Las Vegas: California vs. Mountain West
Kraft Fight Hunger: UCLA vs. ACC or Army
Gildan New Mexico: Utah vs. Big 12

Pac-12 bowl projections: Week 5

October, 2, 2011
10/02/11
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Projecting the bowls based on the fifth week.

Rose Bowl Game: Stanford vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo: Oregon vs. Big 12
Bridgepoint Education Holiday: Arizona State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun: Washington vs. ACC
MAACO Las Vegas: Utah vs. Mountain West
Kraft Fight Hunger: California vs. ACC or Army
Gildan New Mexico: Washington State vs. Big 12

Pac-12 bowl projections

September, 4, 2011
9/04/11
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Projecting the bowls based on the opening week.

Rose Bowl Game: Stanford vs. Big Ten
Valero Alamo: Oregon vs. Big 12
Bridgepoint Education Holiday: Arizona State vs. Big 12
Hyundai Sun: California vs. ACC
MAACO Las Vegas: Arizona vs. Mountain West
Kraft Fight Hunger: Washington vs. ACC or Army
Gildan New Mexico: Utah vs. Big 12

Final Pac-12 NFL draft tally

May, 1, 2011
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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

Updating Pac-12 in NFL draft

April, 30, 2011
4/30/11
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Here's where things stand for the Pac-12 through three rounds of the NFL draft.

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, Stanforrd: Carolina

Through three rounds by conference (with Nebraska in the Big Ten and Colorado and Utah in the Pac-12):

SEC: 20
ACC: 19
Pac-12: 15
Big Ten: 13
Big 12: 9
Big East: 4

Note: The old Pac-10 has 13 without two first-round picks from Colorado. Big Ten has 12 without Nebraska. Big 12 has 12 if Colorado and Nebraska are included.

Who's back from the top 25?

March, 22, 2011
3/22/11
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This will be my final post on our 2010 top 25 players rankings. It's also a line between looking back at the Pac-10 and looking forward to the Pac-12.

This post projects ahead: These players are the leading candidates for a preseason top 25.

First, here's who's back in 2011 -- 11 players -- from our top-25.

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
4. Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon
6. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
7. Chris Polk, RB, Washington
11. Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State
13. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
14. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
18. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
22. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
23. Jermaine Kearse, WR, Washington

And here's who's back -- nine players -- from our "left-out list."

Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
John Boyett, FS, Oregon
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
Delano Howell, SS, Stanford

So that's 20 front-runners for the next list we'll put together this summer. Also, don't forget that competition will be more intense with the inclusion of Utah and Colorado for the next list.

Or will the Utes and/or Buffaloes get shutout? Neither welcomes back a first-team all-conference player from the Mountain West or Big 12, respectively (Colorado doesn't have a second-team player coming back, either).

Should be pretty interesting.

Re-ranking the Pac-10's top-25 players

February, 11, 2011
2/11/11
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Next week, the blog begins a countdown of the Pac-10's top-25 (not Pac-12 when we look back).

Many of you will be outraged.

Why? Because I am outraged at the limits of 25 spots, which means a number of top players -- even high NFL draft picks -- are going to get left off.

A number of players from our preseason top-25 list fall out for no justifiable reason, other than other players are more impossible to not include on the list.

You will send hate mail. I am already sending some to myself.

Just for reference, here's our preseason top-25.

No. 1. Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
No. 2. Jake Locker, QB, Washington
No. 3. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
No. 4. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
No. 5. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
No. 6. James Rodgers, WR, Oregon State
No. 7. Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
No. 8. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
No. 9. Mike Mohamed, LB, California
No. 10. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
No. 11. Mason Foster, LB, Washington
No. 12. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona
No. 13. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon
No. 14. Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
No. 15. Cameron Jordan, DE, California
No. 16. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
No. 17. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
No. 18: Colin Baxter, C, Arizona
No. 19: Chase Beeler, C, Stanford
No. 20. Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State
No. 21. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
No. 22. Owen Marecic, LB/FB, Stanford
No. 23. Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC
No. 24: Casey Matthews, LB, Oregon
No. 25 Kai Forbath, K, UCLA

Pac-10 bowl projections

December, 5, 2010
12/05/10
10:12
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A final unofficial look before the bowls make things official.

Oregon will play Auburn for the national title. That should be great fun.

Stanford to the Orange Bowl to face Virginia Tech seems likely. That's what most are projecting. But Jon Wilner says there may yet be some intrigue that puts the Cardinal into the Fiesta Bowl (which Stanford would prefer).

That leaves only Arizona and Washington as bowl-eligible -- USC, as you might have heard, isn't eligible because of NCAA sanctions.

The Alamo Bowl is being coy about choosing between Washington and Arizona. Those drama queens!

The Wildcats whipped the Huskies by 30 on Oct. 23. But Washington finished the season with a three-game winning streak and a better Pac-10 record (5-4), while Arizona dropped four in a row and finished behind the Huskies in the conference standings (4-5).

Of course, maybe they'll be some wheeling and dealing. The Holiday Bowl probably isn't thrilled with hosting the Wildcats a second consecutive year.
  • Tostitos BCS National Championship Game: Oregon vs. Auburn
  • Rose Bowl Game: TCU vs. Wisconsin
  • Orange Bowl: Stanford vs. Virginia Tech
  • Valero Alamo: Washington vs. Oklahoma State
  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday: Arizona vs. Missouri
  • Hyundai Sun: No team.
  • MAACO Las Vegas: No team
  • Kraft Fight Hunger: No team.

Pac-10 superlative tracker

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
9:41
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Tracking the offensive, defensive and coach of the year races in the Pac-10.

Offensive Player of the Year

1. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James rushed 28 times for 126 yards with two touchdowns in the Ducks' win over Arizona. He also caught three passes for 20 yards. He leads the nation in rushing yards per game (154.8) and his 19 rushing touchdowns rank second. James is the top player for a team on track for its first national title game.

2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck completed 21 of 30 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-0 win over Oregon State. He's the nation's seventh-rated passer with 28 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He's completing 70.2 percent of his passes. He's also rushed for 438 yards and three touchdowns. He has led a program that went 1-11 in 2006 to a likely BCS bowl berth.

3. Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon: He ranks 21st in the nation in passing efficiency -- leading the nation's No. 2 team -- and is second in the Pac-10 with 26 touchdown passes. He's also rushed for 496 yards and five TDs.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State: While the Beavers' defense has struggled, it's not because of Paea, who has commanded double-teams all season. And he's surged of late. He's fourth in the conference with seven sacks, tops among interior defensive linemen. He also has 11 total tackles for a loss and four forced fumbles, which is tied for first in the conference.

2. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: He's second in the Pac-10 with 15.5 tackles for a loss. He also has six pass breakups.

3. Cameron Jordan, DE, California: The potential first-round NFL draft pick has 12.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks and has forced three fumbles.

4. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: He leads the Pac-10 with 12.5 tackles per game, with 9.5 coming for a loss. He's also forced two and recovered two fumbles. The recent improvement of the Huskies' defense helps his candidacy.

6. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: He leads the conference with eight sacks, but he hasn't recorded a sack in the past three games, losses to Stanford, USC and Oregon.

6. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA: The All-American candidate and likely first-round NFL draft pick has recorded 9.5 tackles for a loss, including four sacks, with two interceptions and he's forced and recovered two fumbles. He's been pretty quiet over the second half of the season.

7. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon: Rowe ranks fifth in the conference with six sacks and fifth with 12 tackles for a loss. He also has forced four fumbles.

8. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon: Harris has scored five TDs this year without playing offense. He leads the Pac-10 with five interceptions and 19 pass defenses. But he's still searching for consistency (see the Arizona game).

Coach of the Year

1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks are undefeated, ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings and No. 1 both major polls. They are one Civil War win from playing for the national title. But there are credible rumors that Kelly invented the annoying phrases "It is what it is" and "At the end of the day."

2. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: Stanford is ranked fourth in the BCS standings and likely will play in a BCS bowl game. Harbaugh believes, however, that if he takes a bite (or two) of his wife's dessert, the lack of certain ownership means those calories don't count for him.

Pac-10 predictions: Week 11

November, 18, 2010
11/18/10
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Predictions: ACC | Big 12 | Big East | Big Ten | Pac-10 | SEC | Non-AQ

Been mediocre of late. Went 2-2 last week and the season record is now 48-16. You might find the top comment amusing, though.

Won't go .500 this week, that's for sure.

Thursday
Washington 28, UCLA 24
: Jake Locker can't really lose his final game in Husky Stadium, can he? The Huskies' -- very bad -- run defense will need to step up, though.

Saturday
Stanford 28, California 20
: The Cardinal has too much at stake to lose the Big Game. Stanford's advantage at quarterback will be too much to overcome for Cal, even playing at home. And will this be Andrew Luck's final Big Game? And what about Jim Harbaugh?

USC 40, Oregon State 24: USC is rolling. Oregon State is not. The Trojans luck in the state of Oregon will change. It just doesn't seem reasonable to believe that a defense that got pushed around by Washington State has a chance to slow down USC.

OFF: Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Washington State.

Pac-10 superlative tracker

November, 17, 2010
11/17/10
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Tracking the offensive, defensive and coach of the year races in the Pac-10. (And, yes, we've got no idea with the defensive award).

Offensive Player of the Year

1. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James rushed for 91 yards on 29 carries in the Ducks' win over California. He leads the nation in rushing yards per game (158.0) and rushing touchdowns (17).

2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck completed 33 of 41 passes for 291 yards with an interception in the Cardinal's victory over Arizona State. He's the nation's 10th-rated passer with 22 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He's completing 69.6 percent of his passes. He's also rushed for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon: He ranks 18th in the nation in passing efficiency -- leading the nation's No. 1 team -- and is second in the Pac-10 with 23 touchdown passes. He's also rushed for 434 yards and four TDs.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: He leads the conference with eight sacks, which is two more than anyone else. But he hasn't recorded a sack in the past two games, losses to Stanford and USC.

2. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: He's second in the Pac-10 with 13 tackles for a loss. He also has six pass breakups. And Oregon's defense continues to climb the statistical ladder.

3. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA: The All-American candidate and likely first-round NFL draft pick has recorded nine tackles for a loss, including four sacks, with two interceptions and he's forced and recovered two fumbles.

4. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon: Harris has scored five TDs this year without playing offense. He leads the Pac-10 with five interceptions and 15 pass defenses.

5. Cameron Jordan, DE, California: The potential first-round NFL draft pick has 10.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks and has forced three fumbles.

6. Kenny Rowe, DE, Oregon: Rowe ranks second in the conference with six sacks and fourth with 11 tackles for a loss. He also has forced three fumbles.

7. Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State: While the Beavers defense has struggled, it's not because of Paea, who has commanded double-teams all season. And he still has five sacks.

8. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: He leads the Pac-10 with 12.7 tackles per game, with 6.0 coming for a loss. He's also forced two and recovered two fumbles. The badness of the Huskies defense likely dooms his candidacy.

Coach of the Year

1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks are undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings and both major polls. Is known, however, to sometimes double-up on his meat course and skip the vegetables.

2. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: Stanford is ranked sixth in the BCS standings and remains a Rose Bowl contender. Can't speak a word of Hungarian.

Pac-10 Heisman update: Week 12

November, 16, 2010
11/16/10
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Here's a look at what the Pac-10's top Heisman Trophy candidates did over the weekend.

We've narrowed the list to two. Both have a solid shot of being invited to New York for the ceremony.

LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James rushed for 91 yards on 29 carries in the Ducks' win over California. He leads the nation in rushing yards per game (158.0) and rushing touchdowns (17).

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck completed 33 of 41 passes for 291 yards with an interception in the Cardinal's victory over Arizona State. He's the nation's 10th-rated passer with 22 touchdown passes and seven interceptions. He's completing 69.6 percent of his passes. He's also rushed for 373 yards and three touchdowns.

Pac-10 bowl projections

November, 14, 2010
11/14/10
8:30
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Will any team mired in the bottom-middle of the Pac-10 get hot down the stretch? It sure would make the conference's bowl partners happy.

With Oregon State's stunning loss to Washington State, it's becoming increasingly likely that only four conference teams will earn bowl eligibility, barring any special waiver from the NCAA for 5-7 teams to play in contracted bowl games.

Oregon, Stanford and Arizona are already bowl eligible. If Oregon wins out, it almost certainly will play for the national title. If Stanford wins out, and the Ducks play a non-AQ team for the title, the Cardinal will play in the Rose Bowl. After that, Stanford's status is fluid. Could it earn an at-large invitation to a BCS bowl game? Or will it possibly be relegated to the Alamo Bowl?

If Arizona loses to Oregon and beats Arizona State, it figures to end up in the Alamo Bowl or the Holiday Bowl. We are projecting California to end up 6-6 after losing to Stanford and beating Washington at home in the season-finale, which would put the Bears in the Holiday or Sun Bowl.

And the Las Vegas Bowl and Kraft Fight Hunger bowl, in our projection, would have to look elsewhere for teams.

Of course, there are possibilities for UCLA and Washington and even Arizona State.

The Bruins (4-5) play at Washington (Thursday night), at Arizona State and play host to USC. It's not implausible to imagine them winning two of three. Of course, they will have to show some toughness on the road, which they did at Texas.

Washington (3-6) plays the Bruins, at California and at Washington State. It's not implausible to imagine the Huskies winning all three, though the visit to Cal looks a bit daunting.

As for Arizona State (4-6), it needs to beat UCLA and win at Arizona to reach .500. If it does, it's likely the Sun Devils would be a candidate for a waiver that would allow them to play in a bowl game, despite getting to six wins with two victories against FCS foes.

And it's not that hard to be sympathetic to that position. The Sun Devils' two FCS foes are not really that much weaker than the nonconference patsies a number of other 6-6 and 7-5 teams will have played.

The Bruins, however, look like the swing team, with remaining games against Washington and Arizona State. If they manage to get a fifth win at Washington, it wouldn't be hard to see them splitting their final two games and getting to 6-6.
  • Tostitos BCS National Championship Game: Oregon vs. BCS team [a non-AQ]
  • Rose Bowl Game: Stanford vs. Big Ten
  • Valero Alamo: Arizona vs. Big 12
  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday: California vs. Big 12
  • Hyundai Sun: No team.
  • MAACO Las Vegas: No team
  • Kraft Fight Hunger: No team.

Pac-10 superlative tracker

November, 10, 2010
11/10/10
11:40
AM ET
Tracking the offensive, defensive and coach of the year races in the Pac-10.

Offensive Player of the Year

1. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: He leads the nation in rushing (166.38 yards per game) and has 17 rushing touchdowns, which is No. 1 in the national. He's a leading Heisman Trophy candidate and the star of the nation's No. 1 team.

2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: He's seventh in the nation in passing efficiency leading the nation's sixth-ranked team and remains in the Heisman Trophy race. He's also rushed for 370 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon: He ranks 15th in the nation in passing efficiency -- leading the nation's No. 1 team -- and is tied with Luck for second in the Pac-10 with 22 touchdown passes. He's also rushed for 400 yards and four TDs.

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Ricky Elmore, DE, Arizona: He leads the conference with eight sacks, which is two more than anyone else. But he got shutout at Stanford, so he probably needs to get USC's Matt Barkley on Saturday to hold onto the top spot.

2. Brandon Bair, DT, Oregon: He's second in the Pac-10 with 13 tackles for a loss. He also has six pass breakups. And Oregon's defense continues to climb the statistical ladder.

3. Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA: The All-American candidate and likely first-round NFL draft pick has recorded nine tackles for a loss, including four sacks, with two interceptions and he's forced and recovered two fumbles.

4. Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon: Harris joins the list because he is now, apparently, a starter. While fans have been in love with his playmaking -- he's scored four TDs this year without playing offense -- Ducks coaches have grumbled about his tendency to freelance and not play within the scheme. Apparently, Harris is getting better at, to use coordinator Nick Aliotti's term, "conforming." And it's hard to ignore his five interceptions and 14 pass defenses, which both lead the Pac-10.

5. Mason Foster, LB, Washington: He leads the Pac-10 with 12.7 tackles per game, with 6.0 coming for a loss. He's also forced two and recovered two fumbles. The badness of the Huskies defense likely dooms his candidacy. (And makes it hard to know what to make of Huskies OLB Victor Aiyewa, who leads the Pac-10 with 16 tackles for a loss).

Coach of the Year

1. Chip Kelly, Oregon: The Ducks are undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings and both major polls. We did find someone who was unimpressed, though.

2. Jim Harbaugh, Stanford: Stanford is ranked sixth in the BCS standings and remains a Rose Bowl contender. The dominant performance on both sides of the ball versus Arizona indicated things are coming together at the right time for the Cardinal. There, however, are reports that archaeologists have discovered an ancient civilization where everyone was actually much more enthusiastic than Harbaugh.

3. Mike Stoops, Arizona: The loss at Stanford hurt. But if the Wildcats win-out, which would include a win at Oregon, Stoops could still win this honor.

Pac-10 Heisman update: Week 11

November, 9, 2010
11/09/10
10:23
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Here's a look at what the Pac-10's top Heisman Trophy candidates did over the weekend.

LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James rushed for 121 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Ducks' win over Washington. He leads the nation in rushing yards per game (166.38) and rushing TDs (17).

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck completed 23 of 32 passes for 293 yards with two TDs and no interceptions in the Cardinal's victory over Arizona. He also rushed three times for 25 yards and wasn't sacked. He's the nation's seventh-rated passer with 22 TD passes and just six interceptions. He's completing 67.8 percent of his passes. He's also rushed for 370 yards and three TDs.

Darron Thomas, QB, Oregon: Thomas completed 24-of-33 for 243 yards with a TD against Washington. He also rushed for 89 yards and two scores. He's the nation's 15th-rated passer with 22 TDs and six interceptions and a 62 percent completion rate. He's also rushed for 400 yards and four TDs.

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