Pac-12 football this week

2012-10-31T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:13:01Z Pac-12 football this weekPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 31, 2012 12:00 am  • 

This week's games

Friday

• Washington at Cal., 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday

• No. 15 Stanford at Colorado, 11 a.m. (FX)

• Washington State at Utah, noon (Pac-12 Arizona)

• No. 2 Oregon at No. 18 USC, 4 p.m. (Ch 11)

• No. 24 Arizona at No. 25 UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Arizona)

• Arizona State at No. 13 Oregon State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Last week's scores

• UCLA 45, Arizona State 43

• Oregon 70, Colorado 14

• Arizona 39, USC 36

• Stanford 24, Washington 17

• Utah 49, Cal 27

• Washington 20, Oregon State 17

Pac-12 Power Rankings

South

1. USC (6-2, 4-2) - Matt Barkley will pass Nick Foles' Pac-12 career completions record of 930 with five more.

2. UCLA (6-2, 3-2) - Coach Jim Mora has "never seen anyone in my entire football career" who places the ball inside the 10-yard line like punter Jeff Locke.

3. Arizona (5-3, 2-3)

4. Arizona State (5-3, 3-2) - Taylor Kelly has completed 67.7 percent of his passes, light years ahead of the school season record of 61.8.

5. Utah (3-5, 1-4) - Kick returner Reggie Dunn tied an NCAA record with two kickoff returns for scores against Cal.

6. Colorado (1-7, 1-4)

North

1. Oregon (8-0, 5-0)

2. Oregon State (6-1, 4-1) - Cody Vaz will start for Sean Mannion, who was removed in the second half against Washington after the quarterback returned last week from injury. "I think both quarterbacks here have a lot of respect amongst the team," OSU coach Mike Riley said. "We have to pick one, and I think they're good with it."

3. Stanford (6-2, 4-1)

4. Washington (4-4, 2-3)

5. Cal (3-6, 2-4) - Keenan Allen became the Golden Bears' all-time receptions leader, with 205, on Saturday.

6. Washington State (2-6, 0-5) - The Pac-12 has approved Jeff Tuel's medical redshirt application, passing it along to the NCAA, coach Mike Leach said. Tuel completed 43 passes, a school record, Saturday against Stanford.

The Finley Five

Five facts, takeaways, opinions and hunches from Tuesday's conference call:

1. Every day is flag day. Seven Pac-12 teams rank in th bottom 20 of the nation in penalties committed: Utah (101st), Oregon (106st), Cal (108st), Oregon State (112st), UCLA (114st) and USC (120st ). UA ranks 86th with 56 penalties. The Trojans are the most penalized team in America. "We've just made some really poor decisions," coach Lane Kiffin said.

2. One of the league's best wideouts was knocked out - was it dirty? In the second quarter Saturday, OSU receiver Markus Wheaton suffered a concussion after being hit helmet-to-helmet by Washington's Justin Glenn. The ball popped out and was intercepted. Beavers coach Mike Riley said, "That play was what the rule was put in place for." He said it was "a missed call." The Beavers did not contact the league office, he said.

3. Utah's found a quarterback. Freshman Travis Wilson won his first game Saturday, completing 16 of 24 passes for 156 yards in a 49-27 beatdown of Cal. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said that, while his numbers certainly haven't gotten more gaudy in each of his three starts, Wilson has "gotten better each week." "He has the field general mentality you look for in a quarterback," Whittingham said. "There's no question who's in charge."

4. Bad times over at Cal. After losing to Utah by 22, the Golden Bears are one loss away from missing a bowl game. Coach Jeff Tedford said his players were "pretty resilient and always ready to work." This week, Cal plays Washington, which during the offseason lured Golden Bears assistants Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau to Seattle. "Obviously they know more about us than we know about them," Tedford said.

5. Will Sutton might be back soon. ASU coach Todd Graham said there was "a good chance" his star defensive tackle - who might have been the league's best defensive player in the first half - will return from a knee injury Saturday.

The big number

6

Times in the history of The Associated Press poll that six Pac-12 teams appeared in the Top 25, as they do this week. The league has never had more than six.

Dear Pundit

Track down the Pac-12 Pundit on Twitter at @patrickfinley or at azstarnet.com/pac12pundit, and he'll answer your questions all week long. A sampling:

Some chatter in Philly about Chip (Kelly). No point talking specific jobs now, but think he'd take an NFL gig for next year? - Justin

A: The Ducks coach was close to taking the Buccaneers job last year, so it's certainly possible. The odds get MUCH greater if the NCAA's ongoing investigation into possible recruiting violations produces penalties that make the Ducks job less appealing. (See Carroll, Pete.)

OK, Mr. Pundit. Whatever happened to Karl Dorrell? - Paul

A: The former UCLA boss is now the quarterbacks coach for the 6-1 Houston Texans.

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