Division races heating up in Pac-12Posted: Updated:
The division races in the Pac-12 are heating up and, for the most part, still wide open. This week's slate of games could start to sort things out, but as wild as the conference has been so far, it might just scramble things even more. Here's what to look for:
GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 23 Stanford at No. 17 Arizona State. A rematch of the 2013 Pac-12 Championship game, this will be a game of opposites hitting head on. The Sun Devils have one of the nation's most explosive offenses, with speed and athleticism on both sides of the ball. The Cardinal are more power oriented and have the nation's stingiest defense. Stanford has dominated the series recently, winning four straight. The Cardinal beat Arizona State twice last year by lopsided scores, once in Northern California and the second time in Tempe for the conference title game.
BEST MATCHUP: at No. 9 Oregon's offensive line vs. Washington's pass rush. The Huskies have a disruptive front line that is tied for third nationally with 24 sacks. Senior Hau'oli Kikaha has led the way, leading the nation with 10 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. The Ducks had all kinds of trouble up front after a slew of injuries to their offensive line, but did not allow a sack against UCLA in their last game after left tackle Jake Fisher returned.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Arizona and Washington State have a bye week before meeting each other on Oct. 25. ... Three FBS quarterbacks have attempted at least 100 passes this season without an interception, all from the Pac-12: Oregon's Marcus Mariota (155 attempts), Washington's Cyler Miles (129) and Utah's Travis Wilson (101). Colorado's Nelson Spruce leads the FBS with 10.3 receptions per game and 10 TDs. ... The Pac-12 has five pass plays of 90 yards or more this season. The conference has never had more than two that long in a season before.
IMPACT PLAYER: USC RB Javorius Allen. Coach Steve Sarkisian told the player they call Buck to work on making defenders miss more often and he did just that against Arizona, running for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans' 28-26 win.
Complied by AP College Football Writer John Marshall.
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