Early Season Reports – Pac Ten

09/22/2009 § Leave a comment

Arizona

Recap:  After two wins over Central Michigan and Northern Arizona, the Wildcats lost on the road to Iowa.  Two more road trips await Arizona before they return home.

Stats so far:  Arizona ranks 2nd with 6.43 yards per rush attempt and 92nd with 6 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 23.3 points and gained 420 yards per game.  Defensively, they are 49th with 3.38 yards allowed per rush attempt and 15th with 5.1 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 16.7 points and 248.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  Arizona faces dangerous Pac-10 foes Oregon State and Washington on the road, then returns home to host Stanford.  The Wildcats must win one of these tough games and would like to get two.

Arizona State

Recap:  Arizona State has beaten up on lowly Idaho State and Louisiana-Monroe and will face a much tougher opponent in Georgia this week.

Stats so far:  Arizona State is 47th with 4.34 yards per rush attempt and 67th with 6.8 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 44 points and gained 372.5 yards per game.  Defensively, they are 12th with 2.18 yards allowed per rush attempt and 3rd with 3.9 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 8.5 points and 149.5 yards per game.

Coming up:  After the road trip to Georgia, the Sun Devils host Oregon State before travelling to Washington State.  They would love to come away with a win over the Bulldogs, but beating the Pac-10 opponents is more important.  Washington State should be easy, but the Beavers will put up a fight.

California

Recap:  California is riding high after handling Maryland, Eastern Washington and Minnesota in good fashion.  USC’s loss to Washington has them eyeing the Pac-10 crown.

Stats so far:  Cal ranks 12th with 5.9 yards per rush attempt and 6th with 9.8 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 48.7 points and gained 488 yards on average in their first three games.  Defensively, they are 8th with 2.03 yards allowed per rush attempt and 47th with 6.1 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 13.7 points and 269.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Golden Bears will travel to Oregon before hosting a huge game against USC.  That contest will be followed by a road trip to UCLA.  The USC game is the big one, but Cal can’t get caught looking ahead past a tricky Oregon team.  UCLA will be looking to capitalize on the big game hangover.

Oregon

Recap:  After a disastrous loss to Boise State, Oregon was able to turn things around, beating Purdue and Utah.

Stats so far:  Oregon ranks 59th with 4.05 yards per rush attempt and 97th with 5.9 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 25.7 points and gained 273.3 yards on average in their first three games.  Defensively, they are 47th with 3.33 yards allowed per rush attempt and 33rd with 5.8 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 26.3 points and 369.7 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Ducks will face off with a resurgent Cal team, then host Washington State and travel to UCLA.  They would like to get at least two wins out of these games, and beating Cal would add some much-needed momentum.

Oregon State

Recap:  After a nice win over Portland State, the Beavers squeaked out a close one over UNLV before losing to Big East powerhouse Cincinnati.

Stats so far:  Oregon State is 56th with 4.1 yards per rush attempt and 55th with 7.3 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 25 points and gained 386.3 yards per game.  Defensively, they are 40th with 3.22 yards allowed per rush attempt and 64th with 6.7 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 18.7 points and 356.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  Oregon State will be looking to get back on track against Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford.  All three are winnable, and anything less would be a little disappointing.

Stanford

Recap:  Stanford dropped a close game to Wake Forest on the road in between punishing Washington State and San Jose State.

Stats so far:  Stanford ranks 15th with 5.69 yards per rush attempt and 21st with 8.8 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 32.7 points and gained 418 yards on average in their first three games.  Defensively, they are 54th with 3.52 yards allowed per rush attempt and 73rd with 6.9 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 18 points and 345 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Cardinal face a Washington team fresh off a big upset of USC and will hope to catch them celebrating.  After that, it’s UCLA and Oregon State, where they’ll hope to snag another win.

UCLA

Recap:  A 3-0 start includes wins over San Diego State and Kansas State, plus a huge road win over Tennessee.

Stats so far:  The Bruins are 81st with 3.72 yards per rush attempt and 81st with 6.4 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 25 points and gained 301.3 yards per game.  Defensively, they are 15th with 2.25 yards allowed per rush attempt and 12th with 5 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 12.7 points and 251 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Bruins will face Stanford, Oregon, and California in three crucial Pac-10 matchups.  Cal is the prime target, but a slip-up in the other two games would be a major letdown.

USC

Recap:  USC was rolling with a solid crushing of San Jose State followed by a close road win over Ohio State.  Then, missing QB Matt Barkley, the team broke down on the road, losing to a better-than-expected Washington team.

Stats so far:  USC is 9th with 6.02 yards per rush attempt and 47th with 7.6 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 29 points and gained 431 yards per game.  Defensively, they are 6th with 1.63 yards allowed per rush attempt and 33rd with 5.8 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 11.3 points and 226.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Trojans will take some frustration out on Washington State before two enormous road trips to Cal and Notre Dame.  They’ll need to remain focused in both of those games or the season could get scary quickly.

Washington

Recap:  Washington played well in a loss to LSU and delivered on that promise by trouncing Idaho and upsetting USC.

Stats so far:  Washington ranks 98th with 3.21 yards per rush attempt and 43rd with 7.7 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 27 points and gained 381.7 yards on average in their first three games.  Defensively, they are 113th with 5.44 yards allowed per rush attempt and 97th with 7.8 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 22.3 points and 364.3 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Huskies will try to avoid the hangover against Stanford, Notre Dame and Arizona.  Two wins would be just fine, and the Notre Dame matchup should be an intriguing QB battle.

Washington State

Recap:  After getting creamed by Stanford and Hawaii, Washington State notched what could easily be their only win of the season, a 3-point victory over Southern Methodist.

Stats so far:  The Cougars are 90th with 3.5 yards per rush attempt and 97th with 5.9 yards per pass attempt.  Overall, they have scored 21 points and gained 342.7 yards on average in their first three games.  Defensively, they are 111th with 5.32 yards allowed per rush attempt and 114th with 9.4 yards allowed per pass attempt.  Overall, they have given up 34.7 points and 537 yards per game.

Coming up:  The Cougars will serve as a punching bag during road trips to angry USC and hungry Oregon before hosting Arizona State.  A win would be a miracle.  Enough said.

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