The Big Game comes early and Utah tries to stop Oregon State from going 6-0:
STANFORD (4-2) at CALIFORNIA (3-4)Noon - FOXSTAN leads, 57-46-11. Last game: STAN, 31-28 (2011)
California has won seven of the last 10 “Big Games,” but Stanford has enjoyed recent success, claiming the last two.
California improved to 3-0 on the season (64-5 overall) under head coach Jeff Tedford when it scores 30 points or more after defeating Washington State, 31-17. It was Tedford’s 50th conference win at Cal.
California junior WR Keenan Allen, who ranks third in the Pac-12 with 7.4 receptions per game, notched season-highs in catches (11) and receiving yards (166) against Washington State and moved into second place on Cal’s all-time receptions list (196). He needs just six receptions to tie the school record held by Geoff MacArthur (2000-04). He also moved into third place on Cal’s career receiving yards list (2,466) and ran his reception streak to a league-leading 31 games. He has caught a pass in every game in which he has played.
Cal, which ranks third in the Pac-12 in rushing offense, is coming off a 318-yard rushing performance against WSU in which four players picked up at least 50 yards on the ground. The Bears’ ground game will be tested this week as Stanford has allowed just 89.5 rushing yards per game this season, a figure that ranks second in the Conference and seventh in the FBS.
Stanford is coming off of back-to-back overtime games for the first time in program history.
COLORADO (1-5) at USC (5-1)3 p.m.USC leads, 6-0-0. Last game: USC, 42-17 (2011)
Colorado senior TE Nick Kasa caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in the loss against Arizona State. He continues to evolve as a tight end (this was just his seventh game with action at the position); he now has 11 receptions for 239 yards (20.9 per) and a team-best three receiving touchdowns. He has six receptions of 20 yards or longer.
USC junior TB Silas Redd had a game-high 155 yards on 26 carries, with an 11-yard TD, in the win at Washington. He also had a 57-yard non-scoring run on USC’s first play of the game to set up a field goal. It was his 10th career 100-yard game (the first 7 came at Penn State). He leads USC in rushing with 570 yards (he is fifth in the Pac-12 at 95.0) and is on pace for his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season.
WASHINGTON (3-3) at ARIZONA (3-3)7 p.m. - P12NWASH leads, 18-9-1. Last game: WASH, 42-31 (2011)
Arizona’s potent offense will test Washington’s secondary. The Wildcats lead the Pac-12 in total offense (553.8 ypg) and passing offense (370.8 ypg), the Husky pass defense (172.7 ypg) ranks second in the league.
Senior QB Matt Scott leads the Pac-12 in passing, averaging 352.3 yards per game. Halfway through the season and he’s already cracking the top 10 season best list at Arizona in several categories. His 2,336 yards of total offense ranks ninth on the UA single-season list. . . Sophomore RB Ka’Deem Carey leads all Pac-12 players with 11 TDs, averaging 11.0 points per game.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (4.8 receptions per game) and WR Kasen Williams (5.5 receptions per game) combine for 116.5 of the team’s 186.5 receiving yards per game this season.
UTAH (2-4) at OREGON STATE (5-0)7:30 p.m. - ESPN2OSU leads, 9-6-1. Last game: UTAH, 27-8 (2011)
Oregon State opens the season 5-0 for the first time since 1939. The last time a Beaver squad started the year 6-0, Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House (1907).
The Beavers are first in the league in rushing defense, allowing 70.0 yards per game. It has not given up a run over 25 yards this season. . . OSU Sophomore DT Scott Crichton leads the nation in sacks with 1.6 per game.
Utah is off to an 0-3 Pac-12 Conference start with losses to Arizona State, USC and UCLA. Last year, the Utes started 0-4 in conference play before winning their next four Pac-12 games, starting with a 27-8 victory over Oregon State. In that 27-8 victory last season, senior RB John White rushed for a career-high 205 yards, while the Ute defense limited Oregon State to 32 rushing yards.
Utah senior P Sean Sellwood continues to lead the nation with a 48.04 average. He punted three times at UCLA for an average of 54.3 yards and a long of 65, placing two punts inside the 20 with the other a touchback. His two 50-yard punts gave him 48 for his career, which ties him for second in school history. Only two punters in Pac-12 history have averaged better than 48.04 yards per kick - Kirk Wilson, UCLA (49.3, 1956) and Tom Malone, USC (49.0, 2003).