Some quick notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
Arizona has won the past four meetings with Washington State, outscoring the Cougars 182-72 (27.5 ppg margin of victory).
Arizona has not started 5-1 since 2000. That team, however, lost its final five games to finish 5-6.
Arizona is fifth in the nation in passing yards per game (328.6) and Washington State’s pass defense is 108th in passing yards allowed (262.8). The Cougars run defense ranks last in the nation: 254.7 ypg.
Arizona will be playing its first road game since a season-opening win at Toledo. Since 2007, the Wildcats have struggled on the road with a 7-11 record (compared to 17-6 at home).
Washington State has lost 12 straight and 20 of its past 21 Pac-10 games since 2008, with the only win coming against Washington in the final game of 2008 (16-13 in OT). The Pac-10 record for most consecutive conference losses is 20 by Oregon State from 1979-82.
Oregon State has won six straight vs. Washington, its longest streak against the Huskies. A Beaver running back has had 100 yards in five straight meetings, including Jacquizz Rodgers’ 159 yards last season.
The Beavers are 2-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since 2003, when they then lost to Washington. They haven’t been 3-0 in conference play since 1968, when they started 4-0 in the Pac-8.
Expect lots of points in Seattle. Oregon State is 90th in FBS in scoring defense (30.0 ppg), while Washington is 95th (30.8 ppg).
The Huskies rank sixth in the nation in red-zone efficiency, scoring on 15 of their 16 trips inside the 20 (10 TD, five FG). The only failure was an end-zone interception in the closing minutes of last week’s loss to Arizona State.
Jake Locker has been held in check rushing the ball this season. Other than his 110 yards against USC, he has rushed for a total of 106 yards in the other four games combined.
California leads the Pac-10 in total defense, surrendering only 254.8 yards per game. USC yields 287.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 116th in the nation.
USC ranks 13th in the country in total offense (476 yards per game) and 24th in scoring offense (35.67 ppg).
Trojans QB Matt Barkley ranks 14th in the nation in passing efficiency.
Cal hasn't beaten USC since 2003. The Trojans won in Berkeley last year 30-3.
The first official BCS Standings of 2010 will be released Sunday on ESPN at 8:15 pm ET on BCS Countdown. Based on the coaches' poll, Harris poll and five of the six BCS computer rankings, here's an almost-exact version (missing one computer poll) of what the BCS Standings would've looked like if they had been released this week.
1. Boise State .913
2. Oregon .863
3. TCU .854
4. Oklahoma .8425
5. Ohio State .8421
6. LSU .782
7. Nebraska .777
8. Auburn .744
9. Michigan State .642
10. Alabama .634