It’s an early start in Arizona and, of course, a late start for the Huskies:
COLORADO (1-8) at ARIZONA (5-4)
10:30 a.m. PT – FX
COLO leads, 13-1-0. Last game: COLO, 48-29 (2011)
The 48-0 loss to Stanford marked a rare home shutout for Colorado. The Buffaloes had scored in 150 consecutive games at home with the last shutout being a 28-0 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 15, 1986. This was just the third time CU was shutout at Folsom Field over the course of the last 288 games (all the way back to 1963); the other was in 1979 to LSU, 44-0.
ILB Brady Daigh and DT Justin Solis made their first career starts against Stanford; that’s 18 players making their first career starts in 2012, tied for fourth-most in the nation behind Hawaii (26), Air Force (21) and Temple (20); TCU also has 18… Senior DE Will Pericak started his 46th consecutive game Saturday (every game of his career, dating back to his first in the ’09 opener); already the mark for most consecutive starts on offense or defense; his next start will match him for most starts overall at CU (47 – OL Ryan Miller, 2007-11).
Sophomore RB Ka’Deem Carey surpassed the 1,000 yard rushing mark in the loss at UCLA. His 1,015 rushing yards this season rank 12th on Arizona’s single-season list… Sophomore WR Austin Hill needs six receiving yards to eclipse 1,000 yards for the season. He’ll become the seventh Wildcat all-time to reach that mark… Senior QB Matt Scott moves up the Arizona single-season charts. His 2,848 passing yards rank sixth, while his 20 TD tosses are tied for fourth on the school’s single-season lists, but he won’t play Saturday because of concussion symptoms.
No. 13 OREGON STATE (7-1) at No. 16 STANFORD (7-2)
Noon PT – FOX
STAN leads, 50-25-2. Last game: STAN, 38-13 (2011)
The marquee game of the weekend in the conference. Oregon State held Arizona State to 4-of-17 on third-down conversions. Opponents have converted on just 27-of-112 (24.1 percent) on third down conversions against the Beavers this season.
The Beavers finished with one 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers for the second time this season. OSU saw senior WR Markus Wheaton, sophomore WR Brandin Cooks and sophomore RB Terron Ward achieve the feat against ASU. Ward posted a career-high 146 yards rushing on 19 carries. His previous best was 43 yards against Washington in 2011… Wheaton tallied 108 receiving yards and Cooks finished with 116. It marked the third time this year the duo had 100-yard efforts in the same game.
Junior RB Stepfan Taylor needs 53 yards to reach 1,000 yards for the third season in his career. He’d join former Cardinal Darin Nelson as the only Stanford players to accomplish that feat, and 12th player to do so in Pac-12 history.
Stanford junior S Ed Reynolds moved into a tie for the FBS lead with three interception returns for touchdown when he returned one in the first quarter of Sunday’s win over Colorado. He is one shy of the FBS all-time single-season mark of four set by former Cal Bear Deltha O’Neal in 1999. Additionally, he is tied for first in the Pac-12, tied for third in the nation, with five interceptions.
Stanford, which boasts the nation’s top rushing defense (57.78 ypg), has held opponents to negative rushing outputs in each of its last two games (-18 vs. Washington State, -21 vs. Colorado).
ARIZONA STATE (5-4) at No. 21 USC (6-3)
Noon PT – P12N
USC leads, 18-10-0. Last game: ASU, 43-22 (2011)
Arizona State has scored first in eight of its nine games this season. The latest coming after Junior Onyeali’s fumble recovery in the endzone just 21 seconds into the Oregon State game. It was ASU’s third defensive TD of the season… The Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 111-27 in the first quarter.
With a first quarter score at OSU, ASU senior RB Cameron Marshall moved into sole possession of second on the school’s all-time rushing touchdown list with 35. The ASU career mark is 43 set by Woody Green (1971-73)… Marshall’s 2,508 career rushing yards move him into 10th on the school’s all-time list.
USC sophomore WR Marqise Lee had 408 all-purpose yards (16th most in NCAA history), including a Pac-12 record 251 yards on a school-record 8 kickoff returns and 157 receiving yards with 2 TDs (including a 75-yarder) on 12 receptions last week against Oregon… Lee has accumulated 877 all-purpose yards over the last two games, and his 223.0 average tops all FBS players… Senior QB Matt Barkley has thrown for 977 yards over the last two games.
The Trojans will look to avoid a third straight loss for the first time since Pete Carroll’s first season in 2001 when USC dropped four straight after winning the season opener… While USC had an 11-game winning streak over ASU snapped last year in Tempe, the Sun Devils have not won in the Coliseum since 1999… The Trojans are seeking win No. 800.
No. 17 UCLA (7-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-7)
7:30 p.m. PT – ESPN2
UCLA leads, 39-18-1. Last game: UCLA, 28-25 (2011)
UCLA senior RB Johnathan Franklin posted his 17th career 100-yard rushing game with 162 yards against Arizona. He now owns UCLA’s career rushing record with 3,873 yards. The 17th career 100-yard game ties Freeman McNeil for second place on that school list, three behind Gaston Green’s mark of 20… The 308 yards rushing vs. Arizona was the third contest this season with at least 300. UCLA has won 24 consecutive games when rushing for at least 250 yards.
Freshman QB Brett Hundley completed 16 consecutive passes at one point, falling one shy of tying the school record (Rick Neuheisel, 17, 1983 vs. Washington)… Hundley’s 21 touchdown passes this season are tied for the fifth most in a single year at UCLA (Tom Ramsey, 1982).
For his career, WSU senior QB Jeff Tuel has thrown for 5,388 yards, good for seventh on the school’s career list… The Cougars are second in the Pac-12 and 11th nationally averaging 324.2 passing yards per game. Tuel has thrown for 1,543 yards this season. Sophomore Connor Halliday has posted 1,375 yards.
WSU freshman LB Darryl Monroe is second on the team with 60 tackles (6.7 avg), has forced two fumbles, recovered one and made three sacks. Monroe leads all Pac-12 freshmen in tackles.
No. 2 OREGON (9-0) at CALIFORNIA (3-7)
7:30 p.m. PT – ESPN
ORE leads, 39-33-2. Last game: ORE, 43-15 (2011)
Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the FBS. The Ducks are 40-2 when scoring 30-plus in the Chip Kelly era, which is only 49 games long. Oregon has scored 42 or more points in 12 consecutive games, averaging 52.7 points in that stretch… Oregon has scored 132 points over the last two games (66.0 avg).
Over the last three games, freshman QB Marcus Mariota has completed 39 of 49 pass attempts (.796) for 486 yards, 7 TDs and no interceptions… Senior TB Kenjon Barner has 19 rushing TDs and needs two to tie former Duck LaMichael James’ school single-season mark of 21 rushing TDs. His 39 career rushing TDs rank third all-time at Oregon and are tied for 12th all-time in the Pac-12.
Cal senior RB C.J. Anderson paced the Bears in rushing for the fifth time this season with a career-high 160 yards against Washington. It was his third game of rushing for over 100 yards this season.
The Cal defense has now forced 15 turnovers in the past five games. Cal’s 13 interceptions this season are one more than the Bears had all last season.