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POLL WATCHING: With four teams appearing in this week’s AP Poll, the Pac-12 had a streak of five or more teams in the AP Top 25 snapped at eight consecutive weeks … UTAH moves up to No. 4 in this week’s AP poll, the highest ranking ever for the Utes during the regular season. The Utes had final AP rankings of No. 2 (2004) and No. 4 (2008) following postseason play … Utah is the fourth different Pac-12 team this season to be ranked in the Top 10 … Over the last two seasons, nine different Pac-12 teams have been ranked among the AP Top 25, while six different Conference teams have been ranked among the Top 10 … With OREGON falling out of the AP poll earlier this season, the Ducks had their streak of Top 25 appearances snapped at 98 weeks. It had been the nation’s second-longest active streak.
ALL-PURPOSE: STANFORD sophomore RB Christian McCaffrey is currently second in the FBS with 229.8 all-purpose yards per game. Since 1978, only four other Conference players have averaged 200 or more all-purpose yards per game for an entire season – USC’s Marcus Allen in 1981 (232.6 avg), Stanford’s Glyn Milburn in 1990 (202.0 avg), USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005 (222.3 avg) and USC’s Marqise Lee in 2012 (206.4 avg). Coincidentally, Milburn’s teammate in 1990 was Ed McCaffrey (father of Christian), who had 61 receptions for 917 yards and a Conference-leading 91.7 receiving yards per game that season.
PAC-12 NETWORK TO TAB ALL-CENTURY TEAM: The Pac-12 Network will honor the Conference’s 100-year anniversary with the selection of an All-Century team. Each Tuesday on the Network’s Inside Pac-12 Football show, the finalists/top 10 vote getters for each position as selected by a panel comprised of media, former players, coaches and administrators will be unveiled. The actual All-Century Team will be announced on Tuesday, December 1. To date, here are the finalists as selected by the panel:
Marcus Allen – USC
Brandin Cooks – OSU
Mark Bruener – WASH
Ricky Bell – USC
DeSean Jackson – CAL
Fred Davis – USC
Reggie Bush – USC
Keyshawn Johnson – USC
Zach Ertz – STAN
Anthony Davis – USC
Marqise Lee – USC
Russ Francis – ORE
Mike Garrett – USC
James Lofton – STAN
Tony Gonzales – CAL
Hugh McElhenny – WASH
Ken Margerum – STAN
Rob Gronkowski – ARIZ
Chuck Muncie – CAL
JJ Stokes – UCLA
Todd Heap – ASU
Ernie Nevers – STAN
Lynn Swann – USC
Austin Seferian-Jenkins – WASH
OJ Simpson – USC
Troy Walters – STAN
Marcedes Lewis – UCLA
Charles White – USC
Mike Williams – USC
Charles Young – USC
This Week in Pac-12 Football
Thur., Oct. 15
18/18 UCLA (4-1) at 15/16 STANFORD (4-1)
Stanford Stadium (50,000)
7:30 p.m. PT
Series: UCLA leads, 45-38-3. Last: STAN, 31-10 (2014)
Stanford has won the last seven meetings.
Average score the last seven meetings, 31.6-13.7
Sat., Oct. 17
–/– OREGON STATE (2-3) at –/– WASHINGTON STATE (3-2)
Martin Stadium (32,952)
1 p.m. PT
Series: WSU leads, 49-47-3. Last: WSU, 39-32 (2014)
OSU has won three of the last four, six of the last eight, and eight of the last 11 meetings.
t33/t35 USC (3-2) at 14/13 Notre Dame (5-1)
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
7:30 p.m. ET
Series: ND leads, 45-36-5*. Last: USC, 49-14 (2014)
USC has won 10 of the last 13 meetings.
–/t42 ARIZONA (4-2) at –/– COLORADO (3-3)
Folsom Field (50,183)
7 p.m. MT
Series: COLO leads, 13-4-0. Last: ARIZ, 38-20 (2014)
After Colorado won the first 12 meetings of the series, Arizona has won four of the last five, including the last three.
28/29 ARIZONA STATE (4-2) at 4/7 UTAH (5-0)
Rice-Eccles Stadium (47,017)
8 p.m. MT
Series: ASU leads, 20-6-0. Last: ASU, 19-16 OT (2014)
ASU has won the last 11 meetings, dating back to 1977.
–/– OREGON (3-3) at –/t40 WASHINGTON (3-2)
Husky Stadium (70,083)
7:30 p.m. PT
Series: WASH leads, 58-44-5. Last: ORE, 45-20 (2014)
Oregon has won the last 11 meetings.
OPEN DATE: 23/23 CALIFORNIA (5-1)
Rankings listed (AP/Coaches poll); * – One win later vacated
When in doubt, give the ball to Royce Freeman.
That’s been the theme of the Oregon football team in the first half. Freeman has 12 carries for 135 yards and one touchdown as the Ducks (3-2) lead Washington State (2-2) 17-14 at the half.
Jeff Lockie got the start for Oregon at quarterback, but after taking a hard hit in the first quarter, was replaced by Taylor Alie. On Alie’s first play at quarterback, he faked a handoff and ran into the end zone untouched to give the Ducks their first lead of the game, something they have yet to relinquish.
Lockie came back into the game midway through the second quarter and led Oregon on a 7-play, 71-yard scoring drive at the end of the half that resulted in a Freeman two-yard touchdown plunge.
The Cougars kept the game close as quarterback Luke Falk hit wide receiver Gabe Marks on a four-yard touchdown pass with nine seconds to play in the half.
Charles Nelson got the start for Oregon at safety and immediately made his presence felt with five tackles in the first quarter. Torrodney Prevot leads the Ducks with seven tackles, while adding one sack and a pass broken up.
Oregon will receive the ball to start the second half.
On his first play of the game, backup quarterback Taylor Alie ran untouched from eight yards out to get Oregon on the board. In the first half, Alie finished with:
On their opening drive, Luke Falk connected with Gabe Marks for a 7-yard touchdown, giving Washington State an early 7-0 lead.
Around the four-minute mark in the second quarter, Torrodney Prevot stripped Gerad Wicks for the forced fumble. Hey finished the half with (ENTER STATS)
After beginning the drive with a 42-yard run, Royce Freeman capped it off with a 2-yard touchdown to give Oregon a 17-7 lead late in first half.
Three things to watch
Will Royce Freeman top his season-high 180-yard performance against Eastern Washington in the season opener? The sophomore back already has 127 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Entering this game, Freeman also led the nation with the most runs for 10 or more yards with 25.
How many completions/yards will Luke Falk end with? Entering this game, Falk ranked 5th in passing yards (364.8) and first in completions (36.5). In the first half, Falk went 29-of-40 for 280 yards and two touchdowns.
Will the original line of -17 in favor of Oregon hold? After holding the Cougars to one touchdown through the majority of the first half, Falk cut the lead to three with a late touchdown pass to Marks.
Jeff Lockie: 6-of-8, 75 yards
Luke Falk: 29-of-40, 280 yards and two touchdowns
Royce Freeman: 12 carries for 135 yards, one touchdown
Taj Griffin: 5 carries for 39 yards
Gerard Wicks: 1 carry for 12 yards
Oregon total yards
WSU total yards
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