Pac-12 Tracker: September’s End Brings Definitive North vs. South Clashes

Kevin Cline

Something will have to give this week in the Pac-12.

After mostly crushing non-conference opponents this season (Pac-12 has gone 26-4 so far) and waging an assault on the national statistics, the attention focuses closer to home as conference play begins in earnest.

As young as the 2013 season still is, there are games being played this week that should have significant impact on the conference race going forward and particularly in the South division.

Apparently punch-less USC will travel to humbled Arizona State, and already the loser of that one may be in for a long season.  The same could probably be said for Colorado at Oregon State.

Cal has faced a brutal schedule so far, and it won’t get easier this week when they travel to Autzen Stadium to face No. 2 Oregon.  The Bears claim the highest passing yards per game nationally, and the Ducks feature one the fiercest and most battle-tested group of defensive backs in the country.    

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu leads a stout Duck secondary against Cal and the top passing attack in FBS.

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu leads a stout Duck secondary against Cal and the top passing attack in the FBS.

In Seattle, two unbeaten teams will go in, but only one will come out with an unblemished record when No. 16 Washington and Arizona collide in an early-yet-defining game on the conference slate.  Both teams have championship hopes, and the results of this game will show who has taken that next step and which could contend in the division and conference race.

Across town in the home of the Seattle Seahawks, No. 5 Stanford will be playing a scrappy 3-1 Washington State team in a game that could get interesting.  The Cougars defense surely has gained confidence after a shutout on heels of holding USC to a single touchdown.  Mike Leach’s offense seems to be getting on track in Pullman, and Stanford’s defense looked shaky in the second half of their emotional win over Arizona State.

In all, week five should provide our first glimpse of clarity and separation in the PAC.

To the stats!

Scoring Offense

Oregon State4164411903475.752986.3869824.5
Arizona State311538.3331408469.3332535.5657926.333
Washington State4124311567391.752715.7828320.75


Quarterback Rating

1Keith PriceWASH678777.087910.143713186.1
2Marcus MariotaORE498259.888910.857702179.0
3Sean MannionORST13318671.516048.6551514169.5
4Kevin HoganSTAN396262.95468.846723167.7
5Travis WilsonUTAH7411564.311189.780935166.6
6Brett HundleyUCLA619266.38489.239834165.9


Rushing Yards

With a loss to USC, Is ASU already out of contention in the south?

Kevin Cline

With a loss to USC, is ASU already out of contention in the South?

1Tre MaddenUSC904555.1342
2Bishop SankeyWASH644467.0364
3Jordon JamesUCLA624246.8384
4De’Anthony ThomasORE423388.0406
5Tyler GaffneySTAN583235.6255
6James PooleUTAH583045.2651


Receiving Yards

1Brandin Cooks, WRORST4363914.9557
2Paul Richardson, WRCOLO2141719.9824
3Dres Anderson, WRUTAH1840422.4743
4Gabe Marks, WRWSU3134811.2433
5Richard Mullaney, WRORST2234415.6362
6Jaelen Strong, WRASU2433013.8342


Total Defense

1Arizona Wildcats Arizona Wildcats898299.33545181.67353117.67268.67
2Oregon Ducks Oregon Ducks918306.00524174.67394131.33279.00
3Washington Huskies Washington Huskies762254.00433144.33329109.673010.00
4USC Trojans USC Trojans837209.25600150.0023759.254411.00
5Washington State Cougars Washington State Cougars785261.6727792.33508169.334816.00
6Stanford Cardinal Stanford Cardinal941313.67573191.00368122.676120.33



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