Stats & Info: Stanford

Seven signees that will impact 2013 season

February, 8, 2013
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Zuma Press/Icon SMNotre Dame's Greg Bryant (with ball) is a 2013 signee than can make an immediate impact this fall.
Signing day has come and gone and with much of the ESPN 300 having made their college decisions, we look at seven signees from the 2013 class that can make an immediate impact next fall:

RB Greg Bryant, Notre Dame
Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick are gone, leaving a vacancy in the backfield and over 300 carries to go around. Bryant is the first top-10 running back the Irish have signed since James Aldridge in 2006. Notre Dame posted a respectable 4.9 yards per carry as a team last season and will return three starters on the offensive line. With returning dual-threat quarterback Everett Golson, Bryant should have plenty of room to work.

QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State
Matt McGloin threw for eight touchdowns and 5 interceptions in 2011. He had the same amount of picks last season, but led the Big Ten in both yards (3,271) and touchdowns (24) through the air. The difference? Coach Bill O’Brien, who tailored his offense to McGloin’s skills. Hackenberg's No. 1 ranking indicates his physical tools and with O’Brien’s help, will likely be put in a position to succeed.

ILB Reuben Foster, Alabama
Is Alabama the new hotbed for talented linebackers? Nick Saban is certainly making a case for it. Under Saban, the Tide’s marquee linebackers have all been in the running for the Butkus Award (nation’s top linebacker). With Nico Johnson heading for the draft, Foster could very well step in next to C.J. Mosley to solidify the front seven on one of the most dominant defensive units in the FBS.

WR Robbie Rhodes, Baylor
Terrance Williams and Lanear Sampson are leaving Waco, but the Bears will still be running their wide-open offensive scheme and need playmakers on the outside. Losing Williams is huge, as no player in FBS had more receiving yards than he did last season. But Rhodes is the highest-rated player the Bears have signed since the ESPN 150 began in 2006, and he is the first top-10 receiver they have signed as well.

RB Derrick Green, Michigan
Fitz Toussaint’s status for 2013 is unknown following ankle surgery and by the end of last season, Denard Robinson was getting a majority of the carries at running back with Devin Gardner at quarterback. Green is the highest-ranked running back prospect to head to Ann Arbor in the history of the ESPN 150, and without Robinson or a healthy Toussaint, the Wolverines backfield should have plenty of carries up for grabs.

ATH Greg Taboada & TE Eric Cotton Jr., Stanford
There is not a school in the country which has relied on its tight ends more than Stanford in recent seasons. Like Coby Fleener before them, Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo are headed for the NFL draft and the Cardinal are looking for help at a vital position in their offense. The last top-20 tight end that signed with Stanford was Davis Dudchock in 2010, but he has yet to catch a pass in his collegiate career. Cotton is a pure tight end, while Taboada projects at either tight end or as a pass rusher - which is another position the Cardinal value, as the FBS leader in sacks last season.

Taylor gains tough yards in Rose Bowl win

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AP Photo/David HoodSenior running back Stepfan Taylor and the Cardinal won their first Rose Bowl since 1972.
The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl Game Pres. by Vizio, their first Rose Bowl win since January 1, 1972. Below is a look at how the Cardinal won their eighth straight game and why the Badgers' loss continued a discouraging trend for the Big Ten:

• Stepfan Taylor gained 50 of his team-high 88 rush yards after first contact in the Rose Bowl, including 32 of his 39 yards in the fourth quarter. It was his most yards after contact in the fourth quarter of any game this season and thanks to his touchdown in the first quarter, Taylor scored on the ground in five of Stanford’s final six games of the season.

• Stanford allowed a season-high 119 yards on carries inside the tackles in the first half against Wisconsin (5.4 yds per rush), including 76 yards on inside runs by Montee Ball. The second half was a different story, however, as Wisconsin gained just 13 yards up the middle and averaged just 1.4 yards per carry including just eight yards by Ball.

• With the loss, Wisconsin became the third team all-time and the first since Michigan from 1976-78 to lose the Rose Bowl in three consecutive seasons. The Badgers’ run is part of a stretch that has seen the Big Ten lose nine of its last 10 Rose Bowl appearances. The only Big Ten team to win a Rose Bowl during that span was Ohio State on January 1, 2010 against Oregon.

• Stanford did much of its damage on first down against Wisconsin, gaining an average of 8.2 yards per play and scoring both of its touchdowns on first down in the game.

The 8.2 yards per play marked the second-highest first-down average for the Cardinal in a game this season (8.5 vs Arizona) and was the most allowed per play by Wisconsin in a game since it gave up 11.5 to Oregon in last season’s Rose Bowl.

• Montee Ball’s performance was not forgotten in the defeat as he rushed for 100 yards for the 10th time this season (T-second most in FBS) and scored the last of his FBS-record 83 career touchdowns.

The Rose Bowl marked Ball’s 26th-career game in which he rushed for at least 100 yards and scored a rushing touchdown, most in the FBS since his freshman year of 2009. With the score, Ball also became the first player in history to score a touchdown in three separate Rose Bowls.

Can Stanford rush to the top of the Pac-12?

August, 22, 2012
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David Shaw will need to rely on a strong ground game and solid defensive front to keep Stanford near top of the Pac-12.
Stanford enters the season trying to fill the holes left by four All-Pac-12 First Team players taken in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft – most notably Andrew Luck. And though Stanford's quarterbacks are untested, the Cardinal return several players who saw significant action last season on both sides of the ball.

The 2011 team was more geared toward rushing and defense than most realize. Despite having Luck at quarterback, the Cardinal only passed on 44.6 percent of their plays, the ninth-highest rate in the Pac-12.

All-Conference Second Team running back Stepfan Taylor returns for his senior season after rushing for 1,330 yards and 10 TD on 5.5 yards per carry last season, and he will be joined in the backfield by freshman Barry Sanders, an ESPN 150 prospect of prolific lineage.

Though David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin are gone, the remaining three offensive line starters will be supplemented by three freshman studs from the ESPN 150: No. 2 OT Andrus Peat, No. 3 OG Joshua Garrett, and No. 4 OT Kyle Murphy. This group should be fully capable of replicating the 5.3 yards per rush (12th in FBS) produced by the 2011 team.

On the other side of the ball, Stanford enters 2012 with one of the strongest front-seven units in the nation. Led by LB Chase Thomas, the lone returning All-Pac-12 First Team player, and new arrival Noor Davis, the second-ranked OLB in the ESPN 150, the unit should pick up right where it left off.

The Cardinal excelled at stopping the run and pressuring opposing quarterbacks, allowing only 3.0 yards per rush and tallying 39 sacks. They were especially effective on third downs, when opponents were able to convert only 31.1 percent of their opportunities and only 26.0 percent by rush, the 2nd-lowest conversion rate in the nation.

Ultimately the questions lie with the quarterbacks and defensive backfield.

Quarterbacks Brett Nottingham and Josh Nunes have both been with the program for more than two years, and the running game should be able to alleviate much of the pressure by creating manageable down and distance situations. Last year’s team utilized a strong running game in the first half (6.3 yds per rush, 3rd in FBS) to set up Andrew Luck and the passing game in the 2nd half (10.0 yds per att, 2nd in FBS).

The secondary will be seeking to improve on 2011, when 75 percent of the yards the team allowed were through the air, the second-highest ratio in FBS.

However, neither the quarterbacks nor the secondary will be challenged to make big plays as much as they will be tasked with simply managing mistakes.

SEC duo may top AP Poll for first time ever

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The release of the preseason AP Poll officially means college football is right around the corner. This weekend's release does have some drama attached, as Alabama, LSU and USC each have claims to being ranked preseason No. 1. Here are some things to look for when the poll is released on Saturday:

• If Alabama and LSU are No. 1 and No. 2, it would be the fifth time (and first since 1987) where the Top-2 teams in the preseason poll came from the same conference. In all four previous instances, neither team ranked first or second went on to win the national title. Alabama and LSU would be the first SEC schools to accomplish the feat.

• In the Coaches' Poll, Alabama, LSU and USC had 20, 18 and 19 first-place votes, respectively. In the history of the preseason AP Poll, only once have three teams been separated by two first place votes. That came in 1955 when No. 1 UCLA had 33, No. 2 Oklahoma had 32 and No. 3 Michigan had 34. Since 1960, there has never been a preseason poll in which three different teams received at least 15 first-place votes.

• There is a chance the SEC could have as many as five teams ranked in the Top 10. If that happens, it would mark the first time a conference ever had five Top-10 teams in a preseason AP Poll. The Big Ten came close in 1959, with five teams ranked in the Top 11.

• Who will be the highest ranked team in the preseason that did not finish 2011 ranked? Texas is the most likely team to fit this mold in 2012. Dating back to 2004, four of the eight teams finished the year unranked, with only Oklahoma in 2010 and Michigan in 2006 posting Top-10 finishes.

• Being preseason No. 1 hasn't guaranteed a great finish lately. The last preseason AP No. 1 to finish the year ranked first was USC in 2004 and in three of the last four years, the preseason AP No. 1 team has actually finished 10th or worse.

• If Oregon and USC are both in the preseason Top 5, it would mark the first time the Pac-12 has ever had two Top-5 teams in the preseason poll.

• Michigan may begin the season ranked in the Top 10 for the first time since 2007. That year, Michigan lost to Appalachian State in its season opener.

• Boise State (46 weeks) and Stanford (23 weeks) have the longest active streaks of being ranked in the Top 10 but both will likely end with the release of the 2012 preseason poll. The new leaders in consecutive weeks ranked in the Top 10 will likely be Alabama and LSU (Both enter 2012 with 17 straight weeks ranked in Top 10).

• Notre Dame has been unranked in six of the last 10 (and seven of the last 12) preseason polls. From 1950-1999, Notre Dame was unranked only five times in 50 years. After being ranked to begin 2011, Notre Dame is looking to be ranked in consecutive preseason polls for the first time since 1998-1999.
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1. CARDINAL FEVER: Day two of the 2012 NFL Draft was held on Friday. Stanford had four offensive players taken in the first 50 picks (1. Andrew Luck, 24. David DeCastro, 34. Coby Fleener, 42. Jonathan Martin). That matches the third-most offensive players to be selected from one school within the first 50 picks in the common draft era.

2. WHITNEY LIFTS COYOTES: Ray Whitney’s goal at the 14:04 mark of overtime lifted the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was Whitney’s second-career playoff OT goal. His first came in 1995 against the Flames. According to Elias, Whitney now holds the NHL record for the longest gap between playoff overtime goals (17 years), breaking the mark of 14 years held by Teemu Selanne.

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3. SLUGFEST IN DENVER: In a slugfest, the Colorado Rockies defeated the New York Mets, 18-9. The game featured the Mets’ Scott Hairston hitting for the cycle. The star of the show was Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez, who knocked in six runs. Five of his RBI came in the fifth inning. According to Elias, he is the first player in Rockies history to drive in five runs in one inning.

4. PASTRANA MAKES DEBUT: Travis Pastrana finished 22nd in his long-awaited NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Richmond. NEXT LEVEL: A closer look showed that he had an eerily similar performance to that of Danica Patrick during her first race at Richmond last season. Each of them spent most of the race in the middle of the field yet neither were able to crack the top 15.

5. PLAYOFFS START: The NBA playoffs begin Saturday with four games. The schedule features the Miami Heat hosting the New York Knicks (3:30 ET, ABC). The Heat are seeking back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals. LeBron James is averaging 30.4 PPG in the first round, the highest average of any round in his playoff career.

Luck's athleticism on display at combine

February, 26, 2012
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Andrew Luck is constantly praised for his accuracy, football intelligence and leadership intangibles, but on Sunday at the NFL combine he proved that his athleticism rivals the top quarterbacks in the league.

Of the 14 quarterbacks who participated in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump at the 2012 combine, only Luck and Robert Griffin III placed in the top four in all three events. Notably, Luck posted the top broad jump of all quarterbacks, and put up comparable numbers to Cam Newton’s combine in 2011.

Unlike Newton, Luck played in a pro-style offense in college that did not ask him to run consistently. But anyone who watched Stanford throughout Luck’s career could see that he has the athleticism and mobility to succeed at the next level.

Luck was one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the nation when throwing on the run. The average quarterback completes less than 50 percent of his passes when forced to scramble outside of the pocket, but last season Luck completed 63.6 percent of these passes. He was even better when passing outside of the pocket on designed roll-outs, completing 71.8 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and just one interception on such passes.

Inside of the pocket, Luck’s mobility helped him elude pass rushers and get the ball out quickly. Luck was sacked only 23 times in his career at Stanford, about once in every 50 drop-backs. Of quarterbacks that started at least 20 games since 2009, only Kellen Moore and Brandon Weeden were sacked at lower rates.

Luck chose to remain in the pocket on the majority of the time, but when forced to scramble he averaged 5.9 yards per attempt. Overall, Luck ran for 957 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. Additionally, he caught two passes for 24 yards, including one of the most athletic plays of the season -- a one-handed, sprawling catch down the right sideline against UCLA.

So while Griffin may have stolen the spotlight by running a 4.41 40-yard dash on Sunday, Luck proved that he is one of the top athletes at the quarterback position -- a fact that may be surprising to some, but not those that have watched him closely for years.
The latest BCS standings lead to some interesting scenarios for the final week of the regular season. Let’s take a quick look from a historical perspective for each of the top four teams in the standings.

Be wary, LSU
LSU enters the final week of the regular season at No. 1 with some under the impression that no matter the result of Saturday’s SEC Championship Game, the Tigers will be headed to the BCS Championship game.

LSU should beware of an upset though. Over the past four seasons, three of the four teams at No. 1 in the BCS standings lost in their conference championship game. None of the teams to lose ended up making the championship game.

However there is precedent for the top team in the BCS standings losing in its conference championship game, but still making the BCS Championship game.

In 2003, Oklahoma lost in the Big 12 title game to Kansas State. However, the Sooners stayed at No. 1 in the next releasing of the BCS standings and played in the BCS Championship Game.

This season LSU will face No. 14 Georgia. That season Oklahoma faced No. 15 Kansas State.

LSU is in good position to go wire-to-wire as BCS No. 1. They are the sixth team to go through the first seven weeks as No. 1 in the standings. Five teams have gone all the way through all eight releases, the last being Ohio State in 2006.

Being idle is OK for Alabama
Though Alabama is idle next weekend and Oklahoma State has a chance to make a statement in a top-10 BCS matchup against Oklahoma, don’t expect the Tide to be lower than No. 2 in the BCS next weekend.

Since the BCS began in 1998, five previous teams have been ranked in the top two of the BCS and not played the last week of the regular season. All five went on to play for the BCS title game, meaning none were “jumped” while idle.

If Alabama reaches the title game as expected, the Tide would be just the third team to do so despite not winning their conference in the BCS era. The other two to do so: Nebraska in 2001 and Oklahoma in 2003. Both lost in the BCS Championship Game.

Oklahoma State move still possible
It is unlikely, but not unprecedented, that Oklahoma State could move up from its No. 3 position. Four times the No. 3 team entering the final week went on to play in the BCS Championship Game, most recently with Texas in 2009. The Longhorns jumped because of a loss by No. 1 Florida.

Oklahoma State has a chance to make a statement with a win over rival Oklahoma, which is No. 10 in the BCS standings. This will mark the sixth regular-season BCS top-10 matchup this season, the second-most in any season in the BCS era. The only season featuring more BCS top-10 regular-season matchups was 2008 (seven).

Stanford’s chances slim-to-none
Does Stanford have a chance to enter the BCS National Championship Game picture despite having finished its regular season?

Three idle teams ranked outside the top two of the BCS entering the last week of the regular season moved into the top two without playing. None won the national title: Florida State in 1998 (ranked No. 4), Nebraska in 2001 (ranked No. 3) and Ohio State in 2007 (ranked No. 3).
The Pac-10 loves playing in south Florida.

With Stanford's 40-12 win over Virginia Tech, Pac-10 schools improve to 4-0 all time in the Orange Bowl. All four of those wins have been by more than 10 points.

Andrew Luck set a school bowl record with four touchdown passes, and on play-action Luck was anything but lucky. He was a perfect 5-for-5, averaging 22.2 yards per attempt with two touchdowns.

Perhaps the Hokies should have come after Stanford’s quarterback more than they did. When facing a blitz, Luck was just 4-for-8 with an interception. When Virginia Tech did not blitz, Luck completed 14-of-15 attempts.

Three of Luck’s touchdowns were in the second half to Coby Fleener. The Cardinal's tight end tied an Orange Bowl record with three touchdown receptions. The only other player from the Pac-10 with three touchdown receptions in the Orange Bowl was USC's Steve Smith in 2005.

Jeremy Stewart’s 60-yard run gave Stanford a 7-0 lead. It was the first touchdown run of at least 60 yards in the Orange Bowl since Oklahoma's Spencer Tillman had a 77-yard score in 1987 against Arkansas. Spencer entered the game with 38 yards rushing for the entire season.

Whether this was Jim Harbaugh’s final game for the school remains to be seen. Stanford won a school record 12 games this season –- one fewer than they won in 2008 and 2009 combined (13-12).

As for Virginia Tech, the Hokies allowed 40 points for the first time in their last 51 games. Prior to Stanford, the last team to score at least 40 on Virginia Tech was LSU, which scored 48 on Sept. 8, 2007. With the loss, the ACC representative is now is 1-8 in the Orange Bowl since 2001.

What Harbaugh touches turns to gold

December, 15, 2010
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He’s already received a contract extension offer from Stanford and is the subject of countless college football coaching rumors. It’s not likely to be a quiet month off the field for Jim Harbaugh – plus he still has to coach his team in its BCS bowl game against Virginia Tech.

But Harbaugh has only his success at Stanford to blame for the extra attention. Over the last two years, Stanford has posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1995-96. The Cardinal’s No. 4 spot in the AP Poll is its highest since 1970.

Here are a few areas where Harbaugh’s golden touch has elevated the Stanford Cardinal program:

TURNAROUNDS
In 2006, Stanford was one of six FBS teams that won one or fewer games. Four seasons later, Harbaugh took the Cardinal from losing 11 to winning 11.

That kind of turnaround doesn’t have a lot of company. Over the last 40 years, Stanford is just the third team to go from one win to 11 wins in as short as four seasons.

The other two were Louisville, which did it in 2001 under coach John L. Smith, and Pittsburgh, which won the 1976 national championship under coach Johnny Majors.

OFFENSIVE RECORDS
This year’s Stanford team has already set school season records for points (484), scoring average (40.3 PPG) and total offense (5,608 yards).

In the last two seasons alone, Harbaugh has coached Heisman runner-ups (Toby Gerhart and Andrew Luck). Both were named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.

And under Harbaugh, Stanford has posted three of the top four rushing seasons in team history.

RIVALRIES
Stanford is 3-1 against USC under Harbaugh, including wins over the No. 2-ranked Trojans in 2007 and No. 11-ranked Troy in 2009 in Los Angeles.

The Cardinal won in South Bend for the first time since 1992 and beat Notre Dame in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever.

And two of the rivalry wins have come in especially punishing fashion. Stanford scored 55 points in a 2009 showdown with USC, its most ever against the Trojans. Then the Cardinal put an emphatic stamp on this year’s season, hanging 48 on California -- the most Stanford has ever scored in the history of The Big Game.

History to be made in BCS bowls

December, 5, 2010
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There are plenty of tradition-rich programs in the BCS bowls this year -- Oklahoma, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech among them.

But so much for history in any of the matchups. Four of the five bowls feature two teams that have NEVER played each other before.

And the only two teams that DO have a history are Wisconsin and TCU. Those two played to a 14-14 tie 40 years ago.

A few notes to whet your appetite on some matchups, with many more notes on the other games to come on this blog over the next few weeks:

• This will be the third BCS National Championship game in which each team was making its BCS Title Game debut. The other two took place in the inaugural game in 1998 (No. 1 Tennessee beat No. 2 Florida State, 23-16) and 2001 (No. 1 Miami defeated No. 2 Nebraska, 37-14)

An SEC team has finished in the top two in the final BCS standings in each of the last five years and in seven of the previous 13 final standings. The SEC is 6-0 in the BCS title game, winning the championship in each of the last four seasons.

By contrast, a Pac-10 team has finished in the top two of the final BCS standings three times (’04-’05 USC, ’10 Oregon). The Pac-10 is 1-1 in the BCS title game.

The matchup that might garner the most attention in this game: Oregon ranks fourth in FBS in rushing, averaging over 300 yards a game. Auburn brings the SEC's second-ranked rush defense, which holds teams to 111.7 yards a game.

Auburn has had to come from behind in eight of its 13 wins this season, but Oregon is outscoring opponents 125-24 in the 4th quarter.

• The Rose Bowl should be a high-scoring affair, with Wisconsin and TCU having scored exactly 520 points through 12 games, which puts them in a tie for fourth place among FBS teams (TCU's defense leads the nation in fewest points-per-game allowed. Wisconsin is averaging a whopping 67 points per contest in its last three games.

• Is Connecticut the mostly unlikely BSC bowl participant? The Huskies have only been playing at the FBS level since 2000 and this is just their seventh year playing in an automatic-bid conference.

They started the season 3-4 before winning their final five games and they have never been ranked this season. Their four losses are tied for the most losses by a team to make a BCS bowl game.

• Something’s gotta give in the Orange Bowl. Virginia Tech, the highest-scoring team in the ACC, takes on the best defense in the Pac-10, Stanford, which is allowing 18 points per game and has posted three shutouts this season.

• Arkansas is playing in its first BCS bowl game, with Ryan Mallett leading the Razorbacks' potent passing offense. Mallett was fifth in FBS in passing yards per game, throwing for 299 yards per contest. But he’ll be challenged by an Ohio State pass defense that ranked fourth in the nation, allowing only 156 yards per game. The most yards Ohio State has allowed through the air this year was 232 -- while Mallet has passed for fewer than 300 yards just three times in 12 games this year.
A quick preview of tonight's college football action:

UAB at Central Florida, 8 ET on ESPN
• Three of UAB’s four games this season have been decided on the last play

• Central Florida has won six of seven all-time meetings

• UAB lost double-OT heartbreaker to Tennessee last game

• Conference opener for UCF: they’re carrying a six-game conference win streak

Let's also take a moment and recognize the coaching class of 2007. Seventeen coaches took the reins of programs that year and many are enjoying great success so far this season.

1. This weekend’s Florida-Alabama game features two of the longest conference winning streaks in SEC history. Alabama has won 17 straight, while Florida’s streak is at 16. The winner of this game still has work ahead of them to catch the all-time mark, held by Alabama from 1976-80 (27 straight). (NOTE: The SEC Championship Game doesn’t count as a conference game for official records purposes).

2. This is the eighth time since 1940 that a No. 1 team has faced a top-10 opponent in consecutive weeks (Alabama beat No. 10 Arkansas last week). On the previous seven occasions, only one No. 1 team lost the second game: Texas in 2008 (beat No. 7 Oklahoma St, lost at No. 6 Texas Tech).

3. This is the first time since the Pac-10 Conference’s inception in 1959 (formerly called AAWU) that the conference has had four 4-0 teams ranked this high in the AP Poll at this point in the season. Oregon, Stanford, Arizona and USC are all 4-0 and are all in the top 18.

4. Texas and Oklahoma resume hostilities in the Red River Rivalry this Saturday (3:30 ET, ABC). Not only does the winner earn bragging rights in the Big 12 South, but recent history proves it almost always goes on to have the better season. Consider this: the winner of this game has gone on to have a better record (or the same record once) in 10 of the last 11 meetings. And in six of the last 11 meetings, the winner has gone on to win the Big 12 Championship Game.

5. The round-robin competition for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy begins this Saturday when Navy takes on Air Force. The Midshipmen have won 15 straight games against service academy teams dating back to their win over Army in 2002 (last loss was Oct. 5, 2002 at Air Force). Navy's current dominance is unprecedented since the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy’s inception in 1972.
No. 4 Oregon plays host to No. 9 Stanford Saturday (8 ET, ABC/ESPN2), in a game that may decide the Pac-10 Championship, as well as which team goes to the BCS Championship Game.

If the Oregon Ducks keep up their current scoring pace and emerge victorious, expect them to play for the national championship in January.

Oregon is scoring at will on their opponents so far this season, and the Stanford Cardinal has the daunting task of trying to slow down the quack attack this week. At the rate the Ducks are going they will shatter the FBS record for most points in a single season, set by the Oklahoma Sooners just two years ago.

Oklahoma scored 716 points and played for the BCS Championship that season, scoring no fewer than 35 points in any game until their title game loss. They had nine 50-point games and five 60-point outbursts, all in the five games to close the regular season.

Pac-10 holds its own

September, 19, 2010
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After a slow start to the weekend for Pac-10 teams losing four of their first five games including two to ranked teams, the conference finished Week 3 on a high note. Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford all won their games after California, Washington, Arizona State and Washington State lost earlier. USC also won at Minnesota meaning the conference finished 6-4 vs non-conference opponents that included 8th-ranked Nebraska, 9th-ranked Iowa, 11th-ranked Wisconsin and 23rd-ranked Houston.


• Oregon's 69-0 win over Portland State means the Ducks have scored 189 points in three games this season. That's an average of 1.05 points per minute. They've outscored their opponents 141-0 at home in two games this season.

• Stanford racked up 68 points against Wake Forest and improves to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. It's the most points scored by the Cardinal in a game since 1968.

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