Stephen Vilardo’s 2022 Week 6 SuperWest CFB Notes

Utah at UCLA is a marquee contest between a pair of teams with two different 8-game streaks

Posted on October 7, 2022

  By Stephen Vilardo, SuperWest Sports

For the second week in a row the Pac-12 features a matchup of two ranked teams, and once again, that game will be played in Pasadena.

Utah at UCLA is the marquee contest between a pair of teams with two different eight-game streaks, each of which is the second-longest in the nation.

For the Utes, it is an eight-game Pac-12 win streak, the second-longest conference win streak nationally.

For the Bruins it is the second-longest active win streak in the nation at eight games. (Cincinnati owns the conference mark with 17-straight AAC wins while Clemson has won 11 in a row overall).

While the matchup in the Rose Bowl is the only ranked affair slated for this week, there are a few other intriguing games.

Washington State travels to USC where the Cougars will again look to get another ranked win after letting Oregon off the hook a few weeks ago.

USC looks to maintain their dominance of the Cougars at home—SC has won 30 of the last 34 meetings on home turf.

BYU has a neutral site game with Notre Dame in a meeting with a Big Game feel to it—even if one of the teams (Notre Dame) has not held up their end and has been a disappointment.

That is all the more reason why the Cougars can’t let this one get away from them in Vegas.

Boise State and Fresno State aren’t quite what we were expecting in the preseason, either, though the Broncos looked much better last week under new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

When they meet on the blue turf on Saturday, it will be the first time since 2014 that neither team is ranked, and just the fourth time since 2001 that at least one of them is not ranked.

#11 Utah Utes (4-1, 2-0) at #18 UCLA Bruins (5-0, 2-0)
12:30 pm PT, FOX
Series: UCLA leads 11-8; Utah leads 7-3 as Pac-12 opponents

Utah Utes
  • Utah has won five in a row over UCLA averaging 46.8 points in those five meetings.
  • The Utes are ninth in the nation against the pass allowing 155.4 yards per game.
  • Utah’s eight-game conference win streak is the second longest in the nation.
  • Utah is the only team in the Pac-12 and is one of three Power Five programs (Alabama, Michigan) ranked in the Top 12 in the FBS in both scoring offense (11th in the FBS, 42.0 ppg) and scoring defense (12th in the FBS, 14.4 ppg allowed).
  • Utah is averaging 46 points per game in their last four games.
  • The Utes have won the last 5 meetings with UCLA, scoring at least 41 points and running for at least 200 yards in all 5 games.
  • Cameron Rising has passed for multiple touchdowns in four straight games and 11 in his career.
  • A TE has caught at least one TD in each of Utah’s last eight games.
  • The Utes have had a takeaway in each of their last eight games.
  • Clark Phillips III leads the nation with four interceptions this season.
  • Dalton Kincaid’s 60.0 receiving yards per game are the second most in the nation among TEs.
  • Lander Barton’s .5 sacks per game are the seventh most of any freshman in the nation.
  • The Utes have allowed just three plays of 30+ yards this season, the third-fewest nationally.

UCLA Bruins
  • UCLA’s eight-game win streak is the second longest in the nation.
  • The Bruins have outscored opponents 185-59 in the second half of their last eight games.
  • UCLA has not won consecutive games over ranked opponents since 2015.
  • The last time the Bruins opened a season 5-0 was in 2005.
  • Jake Bobo has picked up a first down on all eight of his third-down receptions.
  • Dorian Thompson-Robinson has had at least one passing TD in his last seven games.
  • DTR is completing 74.3% of his passes this season, the fourth-best mark in the nation.
  • Robinson is completing 73.5% of his third-down passes this season, the fifth-best mark in the nation.
  • Laiatu Latu is averaging 1.2 sacks per game, the third-most in the nation.
  • Over the last eight games, Dorian Thompson-Robinson has completed .727 of his passes (157-216) while throwing for 1,981 yards, 18 touchdowns, and four interceptions He has run 64 times for 463 yards (7.2 per carry) and six touchdowns.

# 21 Washington Huskies (4-1, 1-1) at Arizona State Sun Devils (1-4, 0-2)
1:00 pm PT, Pac-12 Network
Series: Sun Devils lead 20-17 all-time and ASU has taken 12 of the last 14 meetings

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Washington Huskies
  • Washington has attempted 22 runs on third and short this season, the sixth most in the nation.
  • The Huskies have converted on 63.6 percent of those runs.
  • Washington has averaged 13 more plays per game than Arizona State this season.
  • The Huskies have scored on their opening possession of every half this season.
  • Washington is just 1-14 against the spread in their last 15 against the Sun Devils.
  • Eight of the last 10 times Washington has played in October the under has hit.
  • Wayne Taulapapa has four first-half runs of at least 20 yards, the fifth most in the nation in the opening half.
  • Michael Penix has a QB rating of 202.75 in the fourth quarter this season, the ninth-best in the nation in the final stanza.
  • Washington has had 45 pass plays of 15+yards this season, the fourth most in the nation.
  • UW is 120th in the nation with a third-down defense rate of 42.2 percent.
  • Rome Odunze has back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.

Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Arizona State has covered in each of their last seven at home against Washington.
  • The Sun Devils have won their last 7 home games against Washington.
  • This is ASU’s 3rd straight game against a ranked opponent and 4th in the last 5 games.
  • The Devils have an interception in seven straight games dating back to last season and 12 of the last 13 games.
  • The under has hit in five of the last six between the two teams.
  • The over has hit in five of Arizona State’s last six October games.
  • ASU is 20th in the nation in only allowing six plays over 30 yards this season.
  • X Valladay has eight runs of at least 20 yards this season, the second most in the nation.
  • X Valladay is averaging 13.7 yards per carry in the fourth quarter.
  • X Valladay leads the nation with 3,736 career rushing yards.
  • Kyle Soelle has 4 straight games with 10+ tackles and is 2nd in the nation with 12.2 tackles per game.

Washington State Cougars (4-1, 1-1) at #6 USC Trojans (5-0, 3-0)
4:30 pm PT, FOX
Series: Trojans hold a 62-10-4 lead all-time and are 41-6-2 against the Cougars in LA

Washington State Cougars
  • Washington State is 3rd in the country with a Pac-12-best 44 tackles-for-loss.
  • The Cougars are tied for 7th in the country with 18 sacks.
  • WSU has forced at least two turnovers in 13 of their last 18 games.
  • At 4-1, the Cougars are off to their best start since 2018.
  • Daiyan Henley is third in the nation with 1.9 TFL per game.
  • Cameron Ward is leading the Pac-12 in completions (131), tied for 3rd in passing TDs (13), and 3rd in passing yardage (289.0).

USC Trojans
  • USC has won 30 of the 34 games they have hosted WSU.
  • When rushing for on third and less than three this season USC is a perfect 11 for 11, the only team in the nation that is perfect in such situations.
  • The Trojans lead the Pac-12 with 29 passes defended this season, 12th-most in the nation.
  • USC also leads the nation in the same state defensively allowing a rushing conversion on just 20.0 percent of third and shorts.
  • The Trojans have the nation’s 10th-best scoring offense at 43.2 points per game.
  • The Trojan turnover margin of 2.8 this season is tops in the nation.
  • USC has scored69 points off turnovers this season.
  • USC has averaged 40.7 points per game in their last three vs Washington State.
  • Travis Dye is third in the nation with 3,533 career rushing yards.
  • Travis Dye has scored at least one TD in all five games this season.
  • Calen Bullock leads the nation with 149 interception return yards this season.

#16 BYU Cougars (4-1) vs Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2-2), Las Vegas
4:30 pm PT, NBC
Series: Irish hold a 6-2 edge all-time

BYU Cougars
  • BYU is 4-2 in NFL Stadiums under Kalani Sitake.
  • The Cougars have only turned the ball over once this season, tied for the fewest in the nation.
  • BYU’s defense has allowed a total of 20 points in the first quarter of games this season.
  • BYU is 22-6 under head coach Kalani Sitake when playing as a ranked team.
  • The Cougars have allowed just 20 first-quarter points this season.
  • BYU has been ranked in 35 of the last 38 AP Polls and each of the last 14.
  • The Cougars are 19th in the nation in pass defense allowing 175.6 per game.
  • BYU is tied for 11th nationally with 63 passing plays of 10 yards or more.
  • Jaren Hall has had nine consecutive games passing for 250.
  • Jaren Hall is 20th in the nation with 287.6 passing yards per game.
  • Max Tooley is one of three players this season with two interceptions returned for a TD.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Notre Dame is 10-0 all-time in Shamrock Series games.
  • The Fighting Irish are averaging 3.25 sacks per game this season, 12th in the nation.
  • Notre Dame’s eight passes defended this season are the fewest in the nation.
  • ND has yet to keep a team from scoring when reaching the Red Zone.
  • Since 1980, Notre Dame is 214-24 (.899) when it scores 30 or more points.
  • The Fighting Irish have run 56 times for 253 yards in the last two second halves, averaging 4.5 yards per carry.
  • Michael Mayer’s 6.5 receptions per game are the most of any TE in the nation.
  • Mayer has at least one reception in 28 consecutive games.
  • Audric Estimé is averaging six yards per carry over the past two games, during which he has carried the ball 35 times for 210 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Drew Pyne is 34-42 (.809) combined over the final three quarters of his last two games. In the first quarter of both games, he is a combined 7-15 (.466).

#12 Oregon Ducks (4-1, 2-0) at Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 1-1)
6:00 pm PT, Pac-12 Network
Series: The Ducks hold a 28-17 series lead and have won the last three

Oregon Ducks
  • The Ducks lead the nation with just one sack allowed.
  • Oregon is fourth in the nation with 43 rushes of 10-plus yards.
  • UO is 126th in the nation with a third-down defense rate of 48.5 percent.
  • The Ducks averaged 9.5 yards per carry vs. Stanford, the Ducks’ highest since 2013 and fifth-highest by an FBS team this season.
  • Oregon is one of just six teams in the nation to rank in the top 20 in both rushing offense (10th) and rushing defense (17th).
  • UO has 21 red zone TDs this season, the third most in the nation.
  • Oregon is averaging 50.0 points per game in their last four games.
  • The Ducks have averaged 37.5 points per game in their last 10 vs Arizona.
  • Oregon rushed for 9.49 yards per carry against Stanford.
  • Last week Bo Nix became the first FBS quarterback to average 23.0+ YPC on five or more carries since Denard Robinson in 2010, and just the third since 1996.
  • Troy Franklin has 22 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon’s last four games.

Arizona Wildcats
  • The Wildcats have had an NCAA-leading 48 pass plays of 15+ yards.
  • Arizona’s 673 yards of offense last week set a school record for most yards of offense in conference play as a member of the Pac-10/12 Conference.
  • The 673 total yards of offense were the fifth most in any game for an Arizona team.
  • Arizona’s 36 plays from scrimmage of at least 20 yards are the third most in the country.
  • Jayden de Laura has picked up a first down on an NCAA-leading 95.2 percent of his third-down completions.
  • Jayden de Laura is 7-0 in his college career when throwing for 3+ touchdowns.
  • Jacob Cowing is fifth in the nation with 8.0 receptions per game.
  • Jacob Cowing has recorded 37 consecutive games with at least one reception, tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation.
  • Jacob Cowing’s 566 receiving yards are the third-most by an Arizona player through the team’s first five games since 1996.
  • Jacob Cowing has had at least one TD in each of his last five games.
  • Jacob Cowing’s 3,163 career receiving yards are the second most among active players nationally.

Fresno State Bulldogs (1-3, 0-0) at Boise State Broncos (3-2, 2-0)
6:45 pm PT, FS1
Series: The Broncos lead 16-7 and have a 10-2 mark in Boise (Battle for the Milk Can Trophy)

Fresno State Bulldogs
  • This is the first meeting of the last seven that neither team finds itself in the AP Poll or the Coaches Poll.
  • In 17 of the last 20, at least one team has been ranked when they met. The last five times the better-ranked team ended up losing.
  • Fresno State is 5-1 in their last six Mountain West games.
  • The Bulldogs have failed to cover in any of their last five games.
  • Three of the last four meetings have been one-score games.
  • The Bulldogs are in the midst of a three-game losing streak, their first since 2019.
  • Fresno State leads the nation with a punt return average of 30.3.
  • Jalen Moreno-Cropper is 12th in the nation with 7.0 receptions per game.
  • Josh Kelly is averaging 19.1 yards per reception.

Boise State Broncos
  • BSU is allowing opponents to convert on just 22.4 percent of third-down conversions, the third-best mark in the nation.
  • Boise State is 8-0 under Andy Avalos when rushing for 140 yards or more.
  • The Broncos have allowed just 30 plays of 10 yards or more this season, the fewest in the nation.
  • The under has hit in 10 of the Broncos’ last 12 games.
  • Ezekiel Noa is fifth in the nation with .5 forced fumbles per game.
  • George Holani and Taylen Green each have three rushing TDs in the fourth quarter this season, tied for the fourth most in the nation.
  • Taylen Green has completed 87.5 percent of his passes in the Red Zone this season.
  • George Holani is averaging 120.5 yards rushing per game at home compared to 50.3 away from Boise.
  • Boise State has the second-best home winning percentage in the nation since 2000 at .907.
  • The Broncos are 151-20 in conference play since 2000.
  • Boise State has won 126 games at home when leading after the third quarter, the longest active streak nationally.

Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors (1-4, 0-0) at San Diego State Aztecs (2-3, 0-1)
7:30 pm PT, CBS Sports Network
Series: The Aztecs have a 23-11-2 lead all-time and have won the last 10 when hosting 

Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors
  • Three of the last four meetings with San Diego State have been one-score games, separated by a total of 11 points.
  • Hawai’i is just 4-14 against the spread in their last 18 played in October.
  • Hawai’i is 5-5 all-time in Mountain West openers.
  • UH has lost its two road games this season by an average of 32.5 points.
  • The Rainbow Warriors have not committed a turnover on the road this season.
  • The under has hit in 14 of the last 19 Hawai’i has played against Mountain West opponents.
  • Hawai’i has gone 14-26 vs West division opponents since 2013 and 7-17 vs the Mountain Division.
  • This season Hawai’i has been outscored 125-44 in the first half and 102-43 in the second half.
  • The Rainbow Warriors are 11-12 in their last 23 MWC road games.

San Diego State Aztecs
  • Since 1990, the Aztecs are 17-4 against the Warriors and have outscored them by a 757-379 (36.0-18.0) margin.
  • The Aztecs are 8-2 in their last 10 against Hawai’i.
  • San Diego State is 131st in the nation on third down conversions at 18.18%.
  • The Aztecs are under .500 after five games for the first time since 2015.
  • SDSU is 25-6 since 2011 when getting at least 36 minutes time of possession.
  • San Diego State is 54-2 the last 55 times it has rushed for 200 yards.
  • San Diego State’s 41 turnovers since the start of the 2019 season are tied for the seventh-fewest in the country.
  • The Aztecs are 66-3 since 2011 when holding the opposition to 17 points or less. SDSU has held 20 of its last 32 opponents to 17 points or less.

Oregon State Beavers (3-2, 0-2) at Stanford Cardinal (1-3, 0-3)
8:00 pm PT, ESPN
Series: The Cardinal lead  59-26-3 and own a 30-10-2 record against the Beavers at Stanford

Oregon State Beavers
  • Oregon State has 26 passes defended this season, the second most in the Pac-12 and 20th in the nation.
  • The Beavers have not allowed a sack in any of their last three games, tied for the longest streak for OSU since 1996-97.
  • OSU has not won at Stanford since 2006.
  • Oregon State has had 17 pass plays of 25 yards or more this season, the sixth most in the nation.
  • In his last three games, Tre ‘Shaun Harrison has 16 receptions for 251 yards.
  • Omar Speights has averaged 7.5 tackles in the last two games.
  • Anthony Gould leads the nation with a punt return average of 20.5 yards.
  • OSU has covered in four of their last five games.
  • Oregon State is 4-8 against the spread in their last 12 games against Stanford.

Stanford Cardinal
  • Stanford has lost nine straight Pac-12 games, the third-longest conference losing streak in the nation.
  • The Cardinal’s 59 wins against Oregon State are their second most against any opponent, behind only its 65 wins over Cal.
  • Stanford has won six in a row over Oregon State at home.
  • Stanford’s 3.5 passes defended per game are the fewest in the Pac-12 and 116th in the nation.
  • David Shaw is 10-1 against Oregon State.
  • Casey Filkins is averaging 16.22 yards per reception, the second most in the nation among RBs.
  • Tanner McKee is 78-of-121 (64.5%) for 980 yards and eight touchdowns against four interceptions. He has been sacked 16 times.
  • Stanford has gone 0-10 against the spread in their last ten games played.
  • The over has hit in four of the Cardinal’s last six games.
  • Stanford has failed to cover in any of their last six home games.
  • Casey Filkins has three straight games with 77+ rushing yards.

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