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

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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

Team GP PTS PTSG YDS YDSG TP YD/P FD FDPG
Oregon 3 184 61.333 2016 672 216 9.333 86 28.667
UCLA 3 158 52.667 1843 614.333 254 7.256 98 32.667
Arizona 3 131 43.667 1293 431 206 6.277 64 21.333
Washington 3 128 42.667 1887 629 251 7.518 93 31
Utah 4 168 42 2019 504.75 274 7.369 90 22.5
Oregon State 4 164 41 1903 475.75 298 6.386 98 24.5
Colorado 2 79 39.5 938 469 151 6.212 47 23.5
Arizona State 3 115 38.333 1408 469.333 253 5.565 79 26.333
Stanford 3 110 36.667 1203 401 190 6.332 61 20.333
California 3 101 33.667 1668 556 284 5.873 89 29.667
Washington State 4 124 31 1567 391.75 271 5.782 83 20.75
USC 4 89 22.25 1360 340 265 5.132 75 18.75

 

Quarterback Rating

RK PLAYER TEAM COMP ATT PCT YDS YDS/A LONG TD INT SACK RAT
1 Keith Price WASH 67 87 77.0 879 10.1 43 7 1 3 186.1
2 Marcus Mariota ORE 49 82 59.8 889 10.8 57 7 0 2 179.0
3 Sean Mannion ORST 133 186 71.5 1604 8.6 55 15 1 4 169.5
4 Kevin Hogan STAN 39 62 62.9 546 8.8 46 7 2 3 167.7
5 Travis Wilson UTAH 74 115 64.3 1118 9.7 80 9 3 5 166.6
6 Brett Hundley UCLA 61 92 66.3 848 9.2 39 8 3 4 165.9

 

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?

RK PLAYER TEAM ATT YDS YDS/A LONG TD
1 Tre Madden USC 90 455 5.1 34 2
2 Bishop Sankey WASH 64 446 7.0 36 4
3 Jordon James UCLA 62 424 6.8 38 4
4 De’Anthony Thomas ORE 42 338 8.0 40 6
5 Tyler Gaffney STAN 58 323 5.6 25 5
6 James Poole UTAH 58 304 5.2 65 1

 

Receiving Yards

RK PLAYER TEAM REC YDS AVG LONG TD
1 Brandin Cooks, WR ORST 43 639 14.9 55 7
2 Paul Richardson, WR COLO 21 417 19.9 82 4
3 Dres Anderson, WR UTAH 18 404 22.4 74 3
4 Gabe Marks, WR WSU 31 348 11.2 43 3
5 Richard Mullaney, WR ORST 22 344 15.6 36 2
6 Jaelen Strong, WR ASU 24 330 13.8 34 2

 

Total Defense

RK Team YDS YDS/G PASS PASS/G RUSH RUSH/G PTS PTS/G
1 Arizona Wildcats Arizona Wildcats 898 299.33 545 181.67 353 117.67 26 8.67
2 Oregon Ducks Oregon Ducks 918 306.00 524 174.67 394 131.33 27 9.00
3 Washington Huskies Washington Huskies 762 254.00 433 144.33 329 109.67 30 10.00
4 USC Trojans USC Trojans 837 209.25 600 150.00 237 59.25 44 11.00
5 Washington State Cougars Washington State Cougars 785 261.67 277 92.33 508 169.33 48 16.00
6 Stanford Cardinal Stanford Cardinal 941 313.67 573 191.00 368 122.67 61 20.33

 

 

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Josh White

Josh White

Josh White has been a dedicated Duck fan since the Bill Musgrave days. He has attended (and lost his voice at) virtually every home game and many away games since the late 1980's, including 96 of the current 97 game sellout streak at Autzen Stadium. A Eugene native, Josh works full time in Eugene area real estate, helping people buy and sell residential and commercial properties, and also volunteers with Habitat For Humanity, Kidsports and Food For Lane County. He welcomes your feedback. Twitter: @WhiteHouseJosh Facebook: EugenesBestRealtor