Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
There are currently 10 undefeated teams in the FBS, which ties last season's number for the most perfect records in the initial BCS Standings. In 2010, however, only one of those 10 teams (Oregon) had won every game by a double-digit margin. This season, six of the 10 -- LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Stanford and Boise State -- have won every game by 10 points or more, which is easily a record for the 14-year BCS era.
Stanford has won each of its past nine games by at least 25 points, becoming the first FBS team to do so since Boise State in 2002. But if the Cardinal can win by that many this week against Washington, they would certainly be in rare territory. In the poll era (since 1936), no team has won 10 consecutive games by at least 25 points. To put that in perspective, there have been 370 winning streaks of at least 10 games since 1936, and nobody has won 10 straight by 25+ points.
During that nine-game win streak, Stanford’s scoring margin is +34.2 PPG. Overall in their 14-game win streak, Stanford’s scoring margin is +27.9 PPG.
Stanford QB Andrew Luck has been more effective in the second half of games this season, as he’s thrown twice as many touchdowns and three fewer interceptions in the final two quarters.
Stanford has outscored its opponents 50-0 in the first quarter this season. They are the only FBS team to not allow first quarter points this season. They’ve also outscored opponents 78-6 in the third quarter.
Stanford has only gone “3 & Out” on 4-of-67 (6.0 percent) drives this season, the lowest percentage in FBS. Last week against Washington State, the Cardinal did not have any “3 & Out” possessions. It was the fourth game this season that Stanford did not a have a “3 & Out”.
The Stanford offense has been perfect in the red zone this season. They’ve scored on all 31 of their trips there. Western Michigan and Ball State are the only other FBS teams who have scored on 100 percent of their red zone trips.
Washington is ranked for the first time since 2009.
Stanford’s three-game winning streak against Washington is its longest since 1967-76 (won 10 straight).
Stanford has won five of the past six meetings, even in 2006 when the Cardinal went 1-11 but their only win came against Washington. The only Washington win in the past six meetings came in 2007. That was a year before Andrew Luck and the rest of his current senior class came to Stanford.
The Cardinal are riding the longest active winning streak in FBS at 14 straight. Oklahoma is next at 11 straight. Stanford’s win streak is already the longest in school history, breaking the previous record of 13 (1939-41).
The coaching matchup features two of the six youngest head coaches in FBS. Stanford’s David Shaw is 39 years old and Washington’s Steve Sarkisian is 37 years old. Among their conference peers, only Lane Kiffin (36 years) is younger. The Pac-12 has half of the six youngest head coaches in the country.
So far it’s been good to be a young coach in the Pac-12. Kiffin, Sarkisian and Shaw have a combined record of 16-2 this season.
This is the first meeting between Oregon and Colorado since the 2002 Fiesta Bowl (2001 season) won by Oregon 38-16. In fact, the past three times these teams have met came in bowl Games (1998 Aloha Classic, 1996 Cotton Bowl). This is the first regular-season meeting between these teams since 1987 when Oregon defeated Colorado 10-7 in Boulder.
Oregon has won 15 straight conference games overall dating back to a 2009 loss against Stanford. The 15 straight conference wins is the longest streak in school history. It’s the second-longest active conference win streak by any FBS team (TCU, 19 straight MWC wins).
The Ducks rank third in the country in scoring offense at 48.7 PPG, while Colorado allows 36.0 PPG, good for 113th among all FBS teams.
Last year Notre Dame snapped an eight-game losing streak to USC, beating the Trojans for the first time since 2001. That was also the last year Notre Dame beat USC in South Bend.
Notre Dame was idle last week and enters on a four-game win streak. The Irish haven’t won five straight since the 2006 season.
USC QB Matt Barkley has thrown seven touchdown passes on throws of 25-plus yards this season, three more than he had in his first two seasons combined. Barkley has completed at least one throw of 25-plus yards in four straight games, the longest streak of his career.
Both USC WR Robert Woods and Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd receive more than 30 percent of their team's passes and they are two of the six FBS players to have at least two games this season with 12 or more receptions.
California leads its series with Utah 4-3, but the Utes won the last meeting 37-27 in the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl.
Bears receiver Keenan Allen leads the nation with 138 yards receiving per game.
Utah won its last game in AT&T Park, beating Georgia Tech 38-10 in the 2005 Emerald Bowl.
Last week at Pittsburgh, the Utes didn't surrender any points to the Panthers offense, holding them to just 120 total yards.
Washington State leads its series with Oregon State 48-44-3, including a 31-14 win in Corvallis last year.
That win over the Beavers last year ended a 16-game conference losing streak. It was the Cougars first Pac-10 win since beating Washington 16-13 in the the 2008 Apple Cup.
Washington State has scored 217 points through six games, for an average of 36.2 ppg. In all of 2010, the Cougars scored 235 points, for an average of 19.6 ppg.