Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
Oregon is in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 North. The Ducks can clinch the division by beating USC or if California beats Stanford. If Oregon can go on and win the Pac-12 title game, the Ducks will have their third consecutive outright conference title. How impressive would that be? USC (three times) is the only other school since the conference formed in 1959 to win three outright conference titles in a row.
Oregon has won 21 consecutive games in Autzen Stadium, the longest home winning streak in FBS. The Ducks also have won 19 consecutive conference games, the second-longest such winning streak in FBS behind TCU. They also have won nine in a row overall, the fourth-longest overall winning streak.
With a victory, Oregon will have its third straight 10-win season under Chip Kelly and fourth consecutive overall. It will also be the Ducks' seventh 10-win season in school history (all since 2000).
USC hasn't won in the state of Oregon since 2005. Since then, the Trojans have lost three times in Corvallis and twice in Eugene.
USC’s strength is its rush defense, which ranks eighth nationally and has held five opponents under 100 yards on the ground this season. Now it faces an Oregon team that ranks fifth in rushing and has the top rusher in FBS in running back LaMichael James, who torched the Trojans for 239 yards and three touchdowns a year ago. Only one opponent this season has held Oregon under 200 yards rushing — LSU, at 95.
James was a Heisman Trophy finalist last year, but he might be having a better season on per-game basis in 2011. James leads the nation in yards per game (150.9) and rushes of 30-plus yards (10) this season and is the only player in the nation with three 200-plus-yard rushing games.
USC has just six turnovers in its past six games. During that span, it's averaging 39.8 points and 459.5 yards per game, including 182.3 yards rushing.
Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games. He is completing 58.3 percent of his passes thrown 20 yards or more downfield this season, which is the highest completion percentage on throws of this distance among starting quarterbacks on teams currently ranked in the BCS top 10.
Since 2008, only Alabama has a higher winning percentage than Oregon among AQ conference teams. The Ducks are 41-8 (.837) while Alabama is 45-6 (.882).
USC QB Matt Barkley has thrown more touchdowns on passes of 15-plus yards this year than he did in the last two seasons combined. He has yet to turn the ball over in 86 pass attempts of this distance after throwing five interceptions last year. One reason for his success this season is the threat of both Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, who have combined to catch 12 of his 13 touchdowns thrown 15 or more yards downfield.
California has dominated the Big Game with Stanford recently, winning seven of the past nine meetings. Stanford won last season’s meeting, however, 48-14.
Stanford's loss to Oregon last week snapped its school-record 17-game win streak. Over the past two seasons, Stanford is 0-2 against Oregon while going 21-0 against all other opponents, winning by an average of 28.8 points. The Cardinal, however, have lost by an average of 22 points to the Ducks.
Stanford QB Andrew Luck has 74 career touchdown passes and continues to move up the school charts. He’s currently three behind John Elway’s record. Luck also needs three touchdown passes to tie the single-season pass-touchdown record he set last season.
California last defeated an opponent ranked in the AP top 10 back in 2003, when the Golden Bears beat No. 3 USC. Cal has not defeated an AP top-10 team on the road since 1969, when the Golden Bears knocked off 10th-ranked Indiana.
UCLA becomes bowl-eligible with a victory over Colorado on Saturday and clinches the Pac-12 South with a win and losses by both Arizona State and Utah.
UCLA leads the series with Colorado 4-2, but the Buffaloes won the most recent game, 16-14 in 2003.
Colorado ended a seven-game losing streak with its first Pac-12 win last weekend against Arizona.
UCLA ranks last in the conference in run defense (190.2 ypg). Colorado ranks last in scoring defense (37.8 ppg) and 11th in scoring offense (21.3 ppg).
Washington leads the series with Oregon State 58-33-4 and won last year 35-34 in double-overtime.
Beavers wide receiver James Rodgers, who has 218 career receptions, needs three catches to pass Mike Hass for No. 1 on the program's all-time list.
The Beavers are last in the Pac-12 in scoring (20.3 ppg) and rushing (88.2 ypg).
The series between Washington State and Utah is tied 5-5. Washington State won the last meeting, 38-21 in 2000.
Washington State will start redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Halliday. In the victory over Arizona State last weekend, he set a Pac-12 freshman record with 494 yards passing.
After beating UCLA last weekend, the Utes became bowl-eligible for a ninth consecutive season. The Utes have won three in a row and four of five.
Utah is 6-0 when running back John White rushes for over 100 yards.
The Cougars have two conference victories, equalling their total over the past three seasons combined. Four total wins is their most since going 5-7 in 2007.
Cougars receiver Marquess Wilson has 1,197 yards receiving, a new school season record.
Arizona leads the rivalry series with Arizona State 46-37-1, but Arizona State won 30-29 in double-overtime last year in Tucson.
Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles became the program's all-time leading passer, eclipsing Willie Tuitama with 9,289 yards through the air.
Sun Devils wide receiver Jamal Miles returned the opening kickoff against Washington State 95 yards for a TD, his second kickoff return for a TD this season and third for his career, which are both school records.
The Sun Devils are 5-0 at home this year.
Arizona is tied for last in the Pac-12 in turnover margin at minus-7. Arizona State is first at plus-14. The Wildcats are last in the conference -- and 118th in the nation -- with just eight sacks.