Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
Arizona's game against No. 10 Oregon marks the third straight game for the Wildcats against an opponent ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Poll (No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Stanford). It’s the first time in school history that the Wildcats have played three consecutive opponents each ranked in the AP Top 10. According to Elias, the last team to play three straight games against AP Top 10 opponents was Texas Tech in 2008 (No. 1 Texas, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Oklahoma). Not including Colorado or Utah, new members to the Pac-12 conference, this marks just the fourth time any team from the conference has played three consecutive opponents ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Poll, since the Pac-10 formed in 1978 expanding from the Pac-8 conference. The last to do so was UCLA in 2007, while Washington did so back in 2001 and USC did so back in 1991.
Oregon has dominated the series recently winning three straight and 10 of the last 12 meetings overall. However the last time Oregon went to Arizona ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Poll the Wildcats pulled off an upset, defeating the No. 2 ranked Ducks 34-24 back in 2007.
Oregon has won 12 straight conference games dating back to the 2009 season. That is the longest streak for the Ducks since they won 12 straight conference games over the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
Oregon running back LaMichael James had two touchdown runs of 50-plus yards last week against Missouri State, continuing his success at breaking long runs. James now has 11 rushes of 50 yards or longer since the start of the 2009 season, the most by any FBS player. James also has 39 runs of 20-plus yards, also most among FBS players.
James scored three rushing touchdowns in Oregon's win over Missouri State, giving him 40 for his career, one shy of matching Derek Loville for the school record. However it also gave him 45 total touchdowns for his career which tied Loville’s school record set from 1986-89.
Oregon leads FBS since the start of last season with 56 touchdown drives that last two minutes or less. The Ducks also lead FBS over that time period with 28 touchdown drives of three plays or fewer.
Ducks QB Darron Thomas has made improvements against the blitz in his second full year as a starting quarterback. This season, Thomas has seen his completion percentage against defensive pressure improve by over 20 points and he is averaging more than 10 yards per throw when opponents blitz.
After opening last season 7-1, Arizona has lost its past seven games against FBS opponents. Making matters worse the Wildcats are 0-5 vs. ranked opponents during that span, and were outscored 200-80 during those contests.
Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner has eight career catches against Oregon, with five going for touchdowns. The five receiving touchdowns are the most any player has scored against Oregon since 2000.
USC has won the past 11 meetings including the past five in Tempe. However, the Trojans’ 2005 win at Sun Devil Stadium was vacated due to NCAA sanctions. Arizona State’s last victory over USC came on Nov. 6, 1999 (26-16) in Los Angeles. The last time the Sun Devils beat the Trojans in Tempe was Oct. 11, 1997 (35-7).
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson is 1-8 all-time vs. USC. His only win over the Trojans came in 2000 while at Oregon State (31-21).
All four of USC QB Matt Barkley’s completions on throws of 25-plus yards have gone for touchdowns this season, highlighting the improvement that Barkley has made on his deep ball. He's completed 44.4 percent of his throws of 25-plus yards, compared to 21.9 in his first two seasons as a starter.
Barkley has targeted receiver Robert Woods on 44 of his 116 passes (37.9 percent) this season. The next closest receiver has been targeted 13 times.
Barkley continues to pick apart blitzes, completing 72.0 percent of his passes this season for five touchdowns. Since the start of last season, Barkley has 19 touchdown passes and two interceptions when opponents send five or more pass rushers.
USC leads the Pac-12 in third-down conversion percentage at 53.7 percent. One reason why is the improvement that Barkley has made passing on third down, where his completion percentage is up 10 points.
ASU QB Brock Osweiler has attempted 30.3 percent of his passes after a run fake this season against FBS opponents (51.5 percent on first down), completing over 78 percent of these throws.
Washington leads its series with California 49-38-4 and it has won the past two games between the teams.
With the win last weekend over Presbyterian, California coach Jeff Tedford became the Bears all-time winningest coach with 75 victories in nine-plus seasons, passing Andy Smith, who won 74 games from 1916-25.
Cal's starting offensive line has combined for 100 career starts. Left tackle Mitchell Schwartz leads the way with 41.
Huskies QB Keith Price has throw 11 TD passes, which is the most for any UW QB over a three-game span.
Huskies running back Chris Polk has eclipsed 100 yards rushing in five consecutive games.
Colorado is 1-3 all-time against Ohio State. The last time the teams played, Ohio State won 13-10 in 1986.
Buffaloes running back Rodney Stewart has more receiving yards (277) than rushing yards (223). He moved into fourth place on CU's all-time rushing list last weekend with 2,967 yards, passing Charlie Davis.
UCLA leads its all-time series with Oregon State 40-15-4. The Bruins won 17-14 last year and they have won six of the past eight meetings in the series.
This will be the first career start for Beavers redshirt freshman QB Sean Mannion, though he played extensively in the first two games.
Receiver James Rodgers, a 2010 preseason All-American, will return to action for the first time since he suffered a knee injury on Oct. 9, 201 at Arizona.