THIS WEEK IN PAC-12 FOOTBALL – WEEK 11
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RACE TO VEGAS: The 2023 Pac-12 Championship Game is less than a month away with 7 teams still in contention. Washington could become the first to punch their ticket this weekend with a win over Utah plus losses by Arizona, USC and Oregon State.
Outside of the teams’ allotments, tickets for the Pac-12 Championship game are SOLD OUT. Secondary market tickets are available through TicketSmarter and you can still purchase suites and Loge at https://suites.raiders.com/.
CFP DEBUT: The second CFP rankings of the 2023 season were released this week with the Pac-12 having 5 teams listed, tied for the 2nd most of any conference. The Pac-12 has now had at least 5 teams in every CFP ranking the last 2 seasons.
Washington was again the highest ranked Pac-12 team at #5 with Oregon still right behind them at #6. #12 Oregon State has their highest ever CFP ranking while #21 Arizona is ranked for the first time since Oct. 2017 #18 Utah has now appeared in 13 straight CFP rankings.
BOWL BOUND: The Pac-12 is 1 of 3 conferences with 7 teams already bowl eligible for this season: Washington, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Arizona
RUNNIN’ WILD: Washington RB Dillon Johnson racked up 256 rush yards and 4 TD in the win at then #20 USC on his way to being named the Maxwell Award Player of the Week and the Doak Walker RB of the Week. Johnson became the first Pac-12 player to have 250+ rush yards and 4+ rush TD since Arizona QB Khalil Tate against Colorado in 2017.
BARNES STORMIN’: Utah QB Bryson Barnes had 4 passing TD on just 161 pass yards in last week’s 55-3 win over Arizona State. Barnes became just the 2nd FBS QB this season to have at least 4 passing TD in a game with less than 170 passing yards and just 5th Pac-12 QB to do that since 1996 (UCLA’s Chase Griffin the last to do it in 2020 against Stanford in 2OT).
SIX PAC: Oregon QB Bo Nix had 4 passing TD and 2 rushing TD in their 63-19 win over Cal. Nix is the 2nd Pac-12 QB with 6 TD in a game this season (USC’s Caleb Williams 6 pass TD at Colorado) and the 5th Power 5 QB this season. 2 of the 5 QB’s are former Pac-12’ers with Cincinnati’s Emory Jones (formerly Arizona State) and Louisville’s Jack Plummer (formerly Cal). The last Oregon QB with 4+ pass TD & 2+ rush TD was Marcus Mariota in 2014.
AWARD TOUR: 3 national awards named the semifinalists for their annual awards this week with the Pac-12 well represented on each:
John Mackey Award (Top Tight End) – 1 of 9 semifinalists
Butkus Award (Top LInebacker) – 1 of 12 semifinalists
Burlsworth Trophy (Top Former Walk-On) – 3 of 10 semifinalists
WEEK 12: Game times and TV networks announced this week:
Friday, November 17, 2023
Saturday, November 18, 2023
3 game selections have been held as 6-day picks by the television partners and will be announced no later than Sunday, November 12:
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