Saturday, October 19, 2013
Saturday's Pac-12 slate
By Ted Miller
Here's a look at Saturday's games. All times are ET.
Charleston Southern (7-0) at Colorado (2-3), 2 p.m., Pac-12 Network: First meeting. This is a replacement game for the Buffaloes, filling in from the Sept. 14 game with Fresno State that was canceled because of flooding in Boulder. The Buccaneers are unbeaten and ranked 24th in the FCS poll, and five of those victories have come on the road. Colorado switched QBs from Connor Wood to freshman Sefo Liufau last weekend against Arizona State. This will be Liufau's first start.
No. 9 UCLA (5-0, 2-0) at No. 13 Stanford (5-1, 3-1), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2: UCLA leads the series 45-36-3, but Stanford beat the Bruins twice last year: 35-17 in the regular-season finale and 27-24 in the Pac-12 championship game. UCLA sophomore QB Brett Hundley completed 31 of 41 passes for a career-high 410 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Cal. It was the third-highest passing yardage total in school history. Only Cade McNown (513 vs. Miami, 1998) and Drew Olson (510 vs. Arizona State, 2005) had more. The Bruins have outscored their opponents 71-0 in the third quarter this season. The Bruins scored at least 30 points for the fifth consecutive game to open the season. UCLA last accomplished that feat in 1998. In the loss at Utah, the Cardinal allowed a first-quarter touchdown for the fist time this season and gave up more first-quarter points (14) than it had surrendered in the first quarters of its first five games combined (12).
No. 20 Washington (4-2, 1-2) at Arizona State (4-2, 2-1), 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network: Arizona State and Washington are tied at 15-15 in the series, but the Sun Devils have won seven in a row. That ties for the fourth-longest active winning streak among all Pac-12 opponents behind Oregon-UW (10), ASU-Utah (9) and Oregon-ASU (8). The teams last met in 2010, a 24-14 Sun Devils victory. Arizona State RB Marion Grice leads the nation in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rushing TDs (10). He has 15 total TDs this season. ASU is No. 13 nationally (and No. 1 in the Pac-12) in fewest penalty yards per game (34.17). Washington ranks first in the Pac-12 and 16th in the country in passing yards allowed (182.2 yards per game). ASU has the nation’s ninth-ranked passing attack at 342.2 yards per game. Washington RB Bishop Sankey leads the nation with 149.8 yards rushing per game. He has rushed for 100 or more in nine of the last 11 games. Huskies QB Keith Price has 7,529 career yards, 110 shy of the No. 2 spot on the school's all-time passing list.
USC (4-2) at Notre Dame (4-2), 7:30 p.m., NBC: Notre Dame leads the series, which began in 1926, 44-35-5. USC has won 9 of the last 11 meetings, but the Fighting Irish have won two of the last three, including a 22-13 win in the Coliseum last year. Before falling to the Irish in 2010, USC had won eight consecutive games in the series. Since 1967, USC has gone 24-19-3 in the series. In South Bend, USC is 14-23-1 -- two other losses came in Chicago -- but it has won the last five and six of the past eight and hasn't lost on the road to the Irish since 2001. USC has not lost a nonconference road game since 2002. USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron has a tough task, however: Only two Trojans coaches have won their debut games against the Irish (neither did so in South Bend). The winner gets year-long possession of the jeweled Shillelagh. This is only the 11th time that neither team has been ranked going into the game. USC and Notre Dame both have played Arizona State, with the Trojans falling to the Sun Devils in Tempe, 62-41, and Notre Dame winning in Arlington, Tex., 37-34.
Utah (4-2, 1-2) at Arizona (3-2, 0-2), 10 p.m., Pac-12 Network: Utah leads the series with Arizona 20-16-2, but its three-game winning streak was snapped last year in Salt Lake City, 34-24. Utah’s first Pac-12 road win came against Arizona in Tucson in 2011, 34-21. Utah received 47 votes in this week’s Associated Press poll, marking its first mention in the poll since 2010. Utah received 18 votes in the USA Today Coaches' poll. Utah's upset victory over No. 5 Stanford was Kyle Whittingham's 75th victory as the Utes' head coach. Whittingham, 75-34 in his ninth season, earned his first regular-season win against Arizona in the 2005 season opener. His first career victory came in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl as Utah’s co-head coach. Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey ranks second in the Pac-12 with 142.2 yards rushing per game. He averages 6.1 yards per carry. This will be Utah's first out-of-state trip this season. Utah leads the country in fewest fumbles lost (1), and leads the Pac- 12 in sacks (20), sacks per game (3.33) and red-zone offense (.909). Utah has the best kicking duo in the conference. First-year placekicker Andy Phillips is the only kicker in the nation to make 11-of-11 field goals to date (including 4-of-4 from 40-yards or longer) and is 27-of-27 in PATs, and sophomore punter Tom Hackett leads the Pac-12 in punt average (44.1), punts of 50-plus yards (9) and punts inside the 20-yard line (14). While Arizona QB B.J. Denker ranks last in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency and last in passing yards per game (161.6 ypg), he threw for 363 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the 38-31 loss at USC last Thursday.
Washington State (4-3, 2-2) at No. 2 Oregon (6-0, 3-0), 10 p.m., Fox Sports 1: Oregon leads the series 45-38-7 and has won six in a row over the Cougars, including a 51-26 victory in Seattle last year. The Cougars' last win in the series came in 2006, 34-23 in Pullman over the 16th-ranked Ducks. WSU’s last win in Eugene came in 2003, 55-16 over No. 10 Oregon. The Cougars' last win over a top-5 team was in the 2003 Holiday Bowl, beating No. 5 Texas 28-20. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is No. 1 in the nation in ESPN.com's Total Quarterback Rating. He has yet to throw an interception this season in 165 attempts and has extended his streak to 233 attempts without a pick, dating to the first half vs. Stanford in 2012. Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday ranks 10th in the nation in passing yards per game at 320.1. Oregon ranks No. 5 in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Washington State has had 10 receivers catch a pass in each of the last five games and has had 10 or more players catch a pass six times in seven games.
Oregon State (5-1, 3-0) at California (1-5, 0-3), 10:30 p.m., ESPN2: California leads the series 34-31, but the Beavers dominated the Bears in Corvallis last year in a 62-14 win, the last game of Jeff Tedford's tenure in Berkeley. Oregon State rolled up 559 yards in total offense, with QB Sean Mannion throwing for for 325 yards and 4 TDs. Mannion has five consecutive 350-yard passing games. His 493 passing yards in the victory over Washington State set a school record. Mannion owns five of the 14 all-time 400-yard passing games at Oregon State. He has thrown for 25 TDs in 2013, tied for the third-most in a season at Oregon State. He has 56 TD passes for his career, moving into second all-time at Oregon State. Mannion has found sophomore WR Brandin Cooks for 17 touchdown passes in their careers, tying for the most in school history with Erik Wilhelm and Robb Thomas. UCLA was the fourth of Cal’s six opponents this year to be ranked at the time of the game (also No. 22 Northwestern, No. 3 Ohio State; No. 2 Oregon). The combined record for the five opponents that have defeated Cal this year is 25-4.